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GEOG 1301 RESEARCH PAPER
Each student will compare and contrast the physical geography of a pair of assigned nations. The nation pairs are listed below the assignment instructions. This writing assignment is designed to provide students with a more in-depth understanding of prominent physical geography features in the two assigned nations. Additionally, the assignment will provide a more thorough understanding of the human/nature interactions, along with environmental issues, that take place within these nations.
Due Date: See syllabus schedule. Late Penalty: As stated in syllabus.
The paper needs to be at least 5 full pages of writing total. It needs to all be turned in as one single essay, in paragraph form complete with introduction and conclusion paragraphs and a thesis statement. No more than 10% of this assignment should be quoted word-for-word (even if in quotation marks). See Page 3 for the list of questions to answer for the paper.
Papers are to be double-spaced, 12-font with 1-inch margins. No cover page is required. Have your name written at the top of the first page, with a title and page numbers. The intro paragraph needs to have a specific thesis statement that gives a brief-but-specific overview of your analysis of the material in its entirety (Tip: The thesis is best written AFTER doing all the research and writing in the body of your paper).
The amount of writing on each of your two countries should be roughly equal in length.
Any photographs, maps, tables, etc., need to be attached at the end of the paper only, and they do not count as part of the length of the paper. A cover page will not count towards the paper length.
Writing about nations other than the ones assigned to you will result in a 30% reduction of your score.
It is expected that these papers are free of excessive grammatical and spelling errors.
Needed: At least 5 academic/scholarly sources. Use MLA or Chicago Manual of Style which you can Google to find websites with examples of this format.
Scholarly sources include: Journal articles from college library or college library website. Books from researchers (at college library). “Dot-gov” websites. Most encyclopedias Do not use Wikipedia in the paper, as that information will not count as part of the paper.
Non-scholarly sources include: News articles, pop culture websites, magazines, or other forms of mass media.
In-Text Citations and Bibliography:
To avoid plagiarism, all sources MUST be cited in the body of your paper AND listed in a bibliography, otherwise you will receive a score of ZERO for the paper and potentially an F for the entire course! Parenthetical citations are to be placed at the end of EACH sentence where you received a specific quote, idea, or a statistic from one of your sources.
A good rule of thumb is that if you have at least a couple citations in each paragraph, you will probably not be accused of plagiarizing (unless you often quote word-for-word without quotation marks). However, you will still lose points if you do not cite ALL of the sentences which need citations.
Examples of in-text parenthetical citations: http://www.aresearchguide.com/sampleparenth.html
Recommended starting points: – Google Scholar
– World Factbook from CIA.GOV (an online encyclopedia)
- Academic Search Complete (journal database)
- JSTOR (journal database)
Library Services: HCC librarians have made a special effort to reach out to students, allowing them to communicate with a librarian by email, live-chat, Instant Messenger, and phone; to use databases and ebooks from home; to request transfer of books to a campus closer to the student’s home, etc. The link to the Library is provided on every HCC website at the top of each page: http://library.hccs.edu/home
Libline: One of the links at the above library webpage is called Libline. They call it their “lifeline for students” because it provides a way for students to contact librarians and to access online databases. See http://libline.blogspot.com/
Upswing: Online Tutoring HCC offers 24-hour access to tutors online. Students can get free tutoring for a variety of subjects. Papers can be submitted for advice, with an approximate 24-hour turn-around at https://hccs.upswing.io/
3 Ways to Avoid an Automatic ZERO (and being reported to the Dean):
- Use parenthetical citations as needed inside the body of your paper.
- Include a Bibliography/Works Cited page at the end of your paper.
- Do not copy multiple paragraphs from other sources without citing. Copying over 20% of your paper directly from another source, especially without providing citations, is an automatic F.
The parts of the course paper (also include intro & concluding paragraphs):
Part 1: Lithosphere
– For each country, what are two major geologic features (can include mountains, desert, plains, coasts,
etc)? Briefly describe these features, how they came to look like how they do today (How have they
formed, eroded, etc?).
– How are humans using these features (tourism, nature reserve, sacred land, extracting resources, etc)?
Part 2: Atmosphere
– For each country, describe the year-round climate found in the majority of the country (climate charts
called “climographs” will help with this). If there is a wide variety of climate types in one country, just
pick one city and describe its climate. Be sure to include information about temperature, precipitation,
and seasonal changes.
– How has climate change impacted your assigned nations? What is being done about it?
Part 3: Hydrosphere
– What are two major bodies of water found within, or adjacent to, each of your assigned nations?
Describe them, and give a brief description of where they are found.
– How are humans using these features (fishing, tourism, wildlife etc)?
Part 4: Biosphere:
– What are several of the most common species of wildlife (plants or animals) in your assigned nations?
Which ones are native to your nations, and which ones came from elsewhere (called “exotic” species)?
– How did the exotic species arrive, and are they threatening the existence of any native species?
– What are some of the species listed as endangered in each nation?
– What are some common ways people use the wildlife (plants or animals) in each nation, whether for
food, medicine transportation, etc? Be brief but specific.
Part 5: Putting It All Together
– All four spheres of physical geography are interconnected. For each of the assigned nations, what are
two ways that one sphere of physical geography impacts another sphere of physical geography? For
example, how does the atmosphere affect the biosphere, or how does the hydrosphere impact the
lithosphere? Be brief but provide specific examples.
– Does human use of any of the geologic or hydrologic features you wrote about create concern for the
future of these features or the wildlife found on them? If so, explain how, and describe what is being
done about it.
– In general, what do you see as the main environmental concerns for each of the two nations? What
types of programs/efforts exist to improve these issues?
– Do the natural environments or the environmental challenges that exist in these nations surprise you any,
or are they about what you expected? How so?
|Abotsi,Moses B||Finland, Croatia|
|Bryant,Terrionna||Costa Rica, Bolivia|
|Cain,Briah A||Costa Rica, Bolivia|
|Craig,Charlie L||Brazil, Argentina|
|Desai,Karan K||Brazil, Argentina|
|El-Mehalawi,Omar M||Bangladesh, Nepal|
|Ferrer,Diana A||Bangladesh, Nepal|
|Flores,Angelica||Mongolia, South Korea|
|Haven,Gabrielle V||Mongolia, South Korea|
|Ho,Kristy H||Philippines, Japan|
|Holste,Danielle A||Philippines, Japan|
|Mckinnie,Carla S||Malaysia, Australia|
|Mckoy,Cequadeya A||New Zealand, Kiribati|
|Munoz,Joshua A||New Zealand, Kiribati|
|Murphy,Joseph M||Guam, Tuvalu|
|Ngadjou Takoua,Carine||Guam, Tuvalu|
|Ortiz,Katya J||Angola, Madagascar|
|Radford,Aundrea N||South Africa, Kenya|
|Rodgers,Tene D||South Africa, Kenya|
|Romagnoli,Anthony G||Dominican Republic, Grenada|
|Salazar,Marisa C||Dominican Republic, Grenada|
|San Miguel,Silvia S||Ethiopia, Senegal|
|Sayre,Shelby T||Ethiopia, Senegal|
|Tano,Assanvo C||Somalia, Cameroon|
|Wallace,Heidi M||Somalia, Cameroon|
|Wright,Ronnie L||Haiti, Bahamas|