Physical Geography Outline

Course Outline

Physical Geography 

Teacher: Mr. Chan


Text: Planet Earth: A Physical Geography

Course Description/ Objective:



1) The Importance of Place

2) Environmental Controversy

3) Climate & Change

4) Resources

5) Tectonic Processes

6) Degradation Processes

7) Biomes


How to approach Mr Chan’s class:

  • This class is built upon reciprocity.
  • Take everything you brought into the class out with you.
  • Please keep the doorway clear at all times.
  • 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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