Geography 102 2 Announcement

February 17

Hi,

Welcome to Introduction to Physical Geography: Weather and Climate! This is will be an awesome course as we learn about the world around us.  In a Christian intellectual environment, this is an opportunity to explore God’s creation in greater depth!

This is a distance education course.  This creates some exciting possibilities for you – you get to study at your time and place, and explore issues that interest you in greater depth.  You will also experience some challenges – you don’t get to see me, your instructor!  But yes, I do exist!  And I will do all I can to make this a positive, creative learning experience for you.

I have taught this course, distance education, for several years.  Most students really enjoy this style of learning (although it may take a bit of getting used to).

Some things you need to do right away (TODAY!!!):

  1. Read the Syllabus carefully – make sure you have a printed copy to refer to.
  2. Read the Calendar carefully – post a printed copy on your bulletin board where you can’t miss it!
  3. Read online notes 1-2 (below) and the text Chapter 2. The textbook is now only available online.  The syllabus has all the details.
  4. Lab 1 is due Tuesday, February 25.  This is a “Quiz” on Canvas www.canvas.ubc.ca.  You will have to do it all in one sitting (but there is no time limit).  Use your text and online notes as references – it IS open book.  Allow 2-3 hours.
  5. Make a contribution to the online discussion forum on Canvas www.canvas.ubc.ca by Saturday midnight. This is a great way to get to know your classmates.
  6. If you have any questions, get in touch with me right away!  Email works best … bmartin@corpuschristi.ca.

My background is as a geographer and pastor.  (Cleric-scientists are a fine Roman Catholic tradition!)

I have taught geography and pastored for many years (currently I am pastor in Lethbridge, AB, so unfortunately I am not actually on campus – but I DO exist!).  I am a member of the Canadian Association of Geographers (the academic and professional association for geographers in Canada), the Canadian Scientific Christian Affiliation (a network of Christians in the sciences – students members are welcome!).  For continuing education I recently was a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, U.K. (the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College).

I have lived in BC, Nova Scotia, and Alberta … my wife, Marianne, is from Rossway, N.S. (hence the website name).   You can find out more about me on the website, click on the “Who is Bruce?” link.

I am really excited to be able to help you discover the wonders of God’s creation!  We will have a stimulating, exciting course together!  Welcome!

Bruce Martin, Ph.D

Adjunct Professor, Geography