Intermediate/Senior Geography - Course Outline

Instructor: Dr. Robert Fix
Ext. 4149
Office – A333
Location  North Bay Campus
Dates: May 4 th 2009 through May 21 st 2009
Time: As scheduled


This course acquaints “teachers” with the theories, concepts, skills, and understandings fundamental to Intermediate Geography. The main purpose of this course is to prepare the teacher to first design effective traditional instruction, - computer-assisted instruction (CAI) and finally computer-managed instructional (CMI). These lessons will be focused upon the: aims, objectives and content stated in the Ministry Guidelines. With considerable past student input, the course assignments, class activities, readings, and reflective discussions/evaluations, are designed to assist the teacher develop an understanding of the learner, curricular content, enhanced instructional strategies, and collegial relationships. Evaluation enhancement will encourage an atmosphere of learning, professionalism, cooperation, and respect. Classes will employ a variety of teaching strategies, mixed media exploration, and additional current technologies as well as guest speakers. The course will require that students interact with learning materials, each other, the instructor, and engage in self-reflection. The course will draw extensively upon the Ministry Guidelines and be applicable to the continuing praxis.


A rationale for curriculum and design particular to Geography; curriculum guidelines established by the Ministry of Education and Training for the Intermediate Divisions; planning appropriate- curriculum units; sequential study of the aims, scope, sequence and structure of the subject area; examining the media and materials particular to this area. Summarily the preparation of units of study - their development and implementation; current theories of instruction in Geography in the Intermediate Divisions; developing an understanding of the relationship of people with their social and physical environments in the past and present; promoting insight into the various ethnic groups that contribute to our society.(Nipissing University Academic Calendar 2009).


The students will:


The instructor will facilitate the integration of interactive digital technology to the class; share with the learners the responsibility for developing questions central to the focus of this course, for assisting in the maintenance of open and thoughtful inquiry, discussion and instruction. The instructor will also be responsible for the provision of digital reading assignments and for the shared evaluation of student competencies.


  1. Attend a minimum of 80% of lectures; actively participate in class discussions and activities remain “on-task” and share in the final project evaluation process.
  2. Read assignments from the digital texts, prepare addendum notes and labs and develop a broad appreciation of the Scientific Literature.
  3. Continue the development of collegial and self-directed/self-disciplinary professional attitudes and skills.
  4. Be capable of instructing Intermediate Geography (Grades 7-10) so that it may reflect the Ministry’s philosophy of education and ensure that the student can:
    • function as informed and culturally diverse citizen within an interdependent democracy,
    • understand, participate and compete in a global market economy,
    • develop attitudes using their knowledge and skills in a responsible manner,
    • readily achieve and develop relevant competencies in inquiry and communication,
    • critically examine and understand change, media, and points of view
    • develop an understanding of Canadian identity and democratic values,
    • be able to problem solve,
    • be decisive. (The Ontario Curriculum Geography-On Line).


Besides traditional Transmission, Transaction and Transformational Modeling - this course is a Computer Assisted Instructional Model

Hour One – Lecture/Discussions – Expectations, Process and Readings
Hour Two – Assigned Readings, Lab Exploration and Assignment Project Preparation.

Assignment 1: Traditional “Hands-On”-“Old School” demonstration of an activity that assists in the teaching of a lesson anywhere across the curriculum in Intermediate Geography.

DUE: Friday May 8 th.

No Grading-just discussion, take risks!