Physical Geography Outline

Course Outline

Physical Geography 

Teacher: Mr. Chan


Text: Planet Earth: A Physical Geography

Course Description/ Objective:

Geography is a discipline that encompasses information, concepts, and methods from many fields of study. It addresses both the physical and human-created systems of the world through the study of people, places, and environments. As an ever-increasing world population puts more and more demands on the planet’s resources, there is a need for a society that is geographically literate and therefore able to make informed decisions about the sustainability of the Earth’s resources and the future of the planet.

The geographically literate student is able to interpret the landscape and understand the interconnections between his or her actions and the Earth’s physical systems. This understanding is important in order for students to make informed decisions and take appropriate action to manage the Earth’s resources in a responsible manner. Through the study of geography, students can develop an understanding of how local, regional, and global environments affect them.

 (Geography 12 : integrated resource package 2006)


1) The Importance of Place

2) Environmental Controversy

3) Tectonic Processes

4) Degradation Processes

5) Weather & Climate

6) Biomes

7) Resources


How to approach Mr Chan’s class:

  • This class is built upon reciprocity.
  • Take everything you brought into the class out with you
  • Use the class time that is available to learn.
  • You are not here to compete.
  • In the end, you are responsible for your own learning.

Late Policy: Late assignments will receive a maximum of 73%

Office Hours and Contact:

  • Generally from after school until 5:00pm
  • Emails sent after 5:00pm will be responded to the following day

86 – 100 = A

73 – 85 =  B

67 – 72 =  C+

60 – 66 =  C

50 – 59 =  C-

Marks will be averaged based on your best mark on each of the following curricular competencies:

• Use geographic inquiry processes and geographic literacy skills to ask
questions; gather, interpret, and analyze data and ideas from a variety
of sources and spatial/temporal scales; and communicate findings
and decisions (evidence and interpretation)
• Assess the significance of places by identifying the physical and/or human
features that characterize them (sense of place)
• Assess the interpretations of geographic evidence after investigating
points of contention, reliability of sources, and adequacy of evidence
(evidence and interpretation)
• Draw conclusions about the variation and distribution of geographic
phenomena over time and space (patterns and trends)
• Evaluate how particular geographic actions or events affect human
practices or outcomes (geographical value judgments)
• Evaluate features or aspects of geographic phenomena or locations
to explain what makes them worthy of attention or recognition
(geographical importance)
• Identify and assess how human and environmental factors and events
influence each other (interactions and associations)
• Make reasoned ethical judgments about controversial actions in the past
and/or present, and determine whether we have a responsibility to respond
(geographical value judgments)



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