Geography-Texas Geography

Course Details

Course Number
GEOG 3043
Section Number
GEOG 3043
Summer I 2017
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Online Daily  (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), 24 hours a day, June 5- July 7.

Chris Gore (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Geography of Texas: People, Places, Patterns.
by Erik Prout . 2012. Kendall Hunt Publishing
Texas: A Historical Atlas.
by A. Ray Stephens and Carol Zuber-Mallison. 2010. University of Oklahoma Press.

Course Expectations

Student Conduct:

Students should be familiar with the responsibilities, obligations, and privileges as related in the MSU Student Handbook especially with regard to academic standards, honesty, plagiarism, and behavior.  The handbook is available online at the following link:  The handbook is found on the left side of this Dean’s website under related links.

 Academic Dishonesty:

The MSU Student Handbook relates the following:  Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given).  Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Dean of Students’ Office.

  1. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to:  (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the university faculty or staff.
  2. The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full clear acknowledgement.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
  3. The term “collusion” means collaboration with another person in preparing work offered for credit if that collaboration is not authorized by the faculty member in charge.

Please be forewarned that this instructor will pursue the harshest punishment allowed by the University for cheating, plagiarism, and/or collusion. 

Internet Etiquette (Netiquette):

In our society, we have rules of conduct that govern our face-to-face interactions with one another.  Such rules also exist in the virtual community to govern our electronic interactions.  The instructor and students will be attentive to tone of voice and language use in our virtual classroom.  The convenience and comfort of electronic communication can also lead to miscommunication.  We will also attempt to avoid e-colloquialisms (btw = by the way, brb = be right back, etc.). Complete sentences, appropriate vocabulary, proper grammar, correct spelling and punctuation are necessary elements in any class. 

Grading Standards


Grade Determination:

A maximum total of 405 points are available:

Syllabus Quiz                      5 points                     

Exam I                             100 points

Exam II                             100 points

Exam III                          100 points

Exam III                          100 points

TOTAL                           405 points


Grade determination is made on the following point scale:

A = 360 – 405                                                        D = 240 - 278                                    

B = 320 – 359                                                        F = 239 or lower

C = 280 – 319


Grade determination is defined in the instructor’s syllabus for each class.  This course uses a cumulative point system where the grade is defined by points earned not percentages.  Midwestern State University does not define letter grades based upon percentages.  The university catalog relates the following verbal definition:


A = indicates excellent work

B = indicates good work

C = indicates satisfactory work

D = indicates passing work

F = indicates failing work

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

 Attendance Policy (Internet Class):

There are specific times throughout the semester when the instructor is required to record student attendance.  Through Desire2Learn, I can monitor the dates and times you have logged into this class module.  I can also monitor the general discussion area postings and whether you have opened specific coursework areas, assigned readings, tests, and discussion postings.  This is interpreted as class attendance/participation since you are working within the online module.  MSU policy allows the instructor to “drop a student any time during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct.”   Students should be informed that I do not drop for excessive absences or non-participation.  The grade of “F” may result if a student ceases to participate (take tests and complete other assignments) without completely processing a course drop or withdrawal from the University.  This is an upper level undergraduate course.  You are the responsible party.

Other Policies

 Time Management & Extra Credit:

Time management is an essential element to student success in any class.  Sufficient testing time is provided for a course taught on the junior level.  Work schedules, problems with Internet service providers, temporary memory loss, various distractions, and personal obligations are unacceptable excuses.  Also, your course load (the number of academic hours attempted this semester/term) is a matter of personal choice.  I am not interested in the overwhelming obligations you face in other classes. With this in mind, please note that extra credit is not an option.  My personal opinion is that students with time to spend on something “extra” are better served when that time and energy is directed to the regular class assignments.  In addition, extra credit for individuals is unfair to classmates that meet the challenge of this course based upon their own dedication and diligence.  A request for extra credit demeans the discipline and instructor as well as relates the student did not thoroughly read the syllabus.

Student Conduct during Testing Periods:

Comments related to tests posted in the D2L discussion area during testing periods is the equivalent to talking during the test.  This is unacceptable.  Any student posting comments regarding the test or test related material will automatically fail that test.  Furthermore, documentation of such behavior will be provided to the MSU Dean of Students for the appropriate disciplinary action.  Should you have questions, email me privately through our D2L email.  I will be happy to address your questions or concerns privately during the testing time or in the open discussion area once the test has closed.

Handguns on campus:

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at