Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00-11:50: Science Center 207
Instructor: Dr. John Krygier
Text and Readings
There are two delightful texts for this course: Mark Monmonier How to Lie with Maps (2nd ed., 1996) and John Krygier and Denis Wood Making Maps (2nd ed., 2011). There is a blog for the Making Maps book that has some supplemental material related to the topics in the book, links to other curious mapping sites on the internets, and a list of terrible music I listen to. I wrote the Making Maps book because no other text met my needs for the mapping courses at OWU. I make 3$ for each new copy of Making Maps sold, nothing on used copies. So much for an early retirement. We will read most of the Monmonier book, and about 2/3 of the Krygier & Wood book, the rest of which is covered in Geography 353. A few other readings are downloadable PDFs on the course schedule.
Consider the extensive WWW materials here to be a primary text for this course. Exams and exercises are based on lecture material and assigned readings. Lectures do not slavishly follow the readings, and there is a substantial amount of material presented in the lectures that is not in the readings ... thus, it is important to attend lectures. Required readings are noted on the course schedule.
Using Less Paper
I am minimizing paper use in Geography 222. Yes they can grow more trees, but I am unreasonably afeared of paper cuts. Thus you will submit exercises and take-home exams as digital files. Handouts (some readings and a few exercises) will be digital. If possible, try to avoid printing stuff for this class unless it is absolutely necessary. An informative guide for submitting digital exercises and exams is here.
Legal note pertaining to the Proper Form and Time for Turning in Exercises & Exams
All exercises, and exams, and assorted suchnots, and miscellaneous wassnames, noted as due to me in digital form (PDF or Open Office doc or Word doc), mustforth be recieved and/or received (however you choose to spell it) by me, John Krygier of the email address email@example.com, by 9:00 am of the noted date of dueness. I also declare, forthwith and from this henceforth day, that you must only send complete exercises/exams and not be e-bothering me with incomplete exercises nor exercises sent out to me, on the internets, known to some (now deceased) Alaskan Republicans as "a series of tubes," in a series of parts, not coagulated within one document, yet spread about in many multiple documents. Upon receipt or reciept of such multitudinous parts within said e-mails, you shall and mustwithforth place within my possession, within the provided large martini/tip glass, of approximately 1 foot tall, provided to me, as a gift, by my second and better wife, a bill of one dollar, hencealong known as the nuisance fee of reasonable proportions.
I usually take attendance with a daily sign-up sheet. Attending class is important if you want a decent grade in this class. But you are all adults and can make your own decisions. Please let me know if you are going to miss a class and I can let you know what you missed. If you miss something important and don't have a good excuse, I reserve the right to ignore you.
Whilst seven exercises are listed on the exercises page, only six will be assigned this semester (we are skipping Exercise 5). Most involve use of the internets. Completed exercises must be turned in as digital files and at the appropriate time. Whining won't get you an extension, but a fabulous explanation might. Exercises are linked to the course schedule and exercises pages.
Computer Access and Skills
Students in Geography 222 will be expected to locate and use a computer with internets access. If you can point and click on the internets, you can complete the work in this course. You may use our meeting room - the Department of Geology and Geography GIS and Computer Mapping Lab (Science Center 207) - for course exercises.
Other Rules and Regulations