In class, you should participate actively by asking questions and interjecting relevant comments and observations based on your experiences or the course readings. This is especially important during class discussions of assigned readings. You should be sure you come to class having read the materials and having thought about them. Following student presentations, you should also ask questions and make comments. Put briefly, play an active role in class!
In addition to looking at the article critically, you should devote part of your essay to the following question: Within which of Pattison's traditions do you see yourself fitting best? As evidence to support your choice, discuss your interests and career aspirations. Your essay is due by September 16, 1996.
Specifically, you are to locate at least a dozen distinct WWW "addresses" or URLs (uniform resource locators). These should be from different home pages. You should try to find a variety of different resources, including geography department pages, corporate pages, GIS pages, etc.
Please submit your items in the following manner:
2. URL (or WWW address)
3. Source or author of the material (if listed)
4. A brief description of the material on the page and on other pages at that site
5. A few kewords identifying the page's focus (GIS, urban issues, ecology, etc.), the regional focus of the page (the Midwest, Scandinavia, Latin America, etc.), and the sort of graphics it contains (maps, graphs, photos, etc.)
6. A brief evaluation of the value of the material on the page and its related links
Your assignment in this regard is to attend at least four paper presentations, watching and listening closely to each of them. You are then to evaluate these presentations in a 2-4 page summary. You should address the following questions: How effective was the presentation? Did the presenter organize the material well and present it clearly? Did he or she use illustrations or handouts effectively and meaningfully? Did the presenter state his or her conclusions clearly? What was your overall impression of the presentation? Evaluations are due October 30, 1996.
You will be graded mainly on the quality of your presentation, rather than on the information your paper contains. Still, you should be sure you state the purpose of your paper at the outset of your talk, discuss the topic/problem in some detail, and state your conclusions clearly. Presentations will be limited to 10-12 minutes, with time for questions afterwards. Use of illustrations where appropriate is strongly encouraged.
The actual presentation sessions will be held in class on December 4 & 9, 1996. Topics must be approved no later than November 20.
Life History: Birth and (if not alive) death dates, educational background, any family or personal information you can glean.
Professional Contribution to Geography: A detailed explanation of the contribution this person made to the discipline. Include examples of his/her writing, analysis of the type of work done, overall influence made upon geography.
Annotated Bibliography of Written Works: Select several (2-3) examples of his/her works and prepare a short annotated bibliography of each.
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For an on-line sample of a biographical sketch, take a look at the profile I've prepared of our department's founder, Alfred H. Meyer.
This will be a group project. Your partner in this case will be a student in a class similar to ours at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Partners will be assigned and geographic regions selected on September 11.
Each of you should work closely with your partner to select the geographer you will focus upon. You should also divide up the tasks for the project and document who is responsible for each part of the assignment. Successful group work depends on frequent communication. Your task will be much easier if you cooperate with your partner and share equally the responsibility for successful completion of the assignment.
When you complete the assignment, your biographic sketch should be placed on-line on your MU student partner's homepage. Sketches should be up and running by noon on November 4, 1996. You and your partner should send an e-mail message giving the URL of your assignment location to both: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Since you will all need one in the near future, one of your assignments this semester will be to prepare a resumé for yourself. You should submit two copies of your resumé on high-quality stationery on November 18, 1996. You will receive more details on this assignment later.
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