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Welcome to GEOG 103:  Introduction to Physical Geography: Landscape and Soils. This will be an awesome course as we learn about the world around us. 

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.

This is also an intensive course. It will go quickly. You are going twice as fast as a regular course (doing a 13-week course in 6 weeks).

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).

This week, please:

  • Please join in an introductory Zoom meeting to go over the syllabus and assignments, THURSDAY, JULY 4, 6-7 pm PT.  Link: https://ubc.zoom.us/j/61722743977?pwd=aFdPQXRGcXdUUWlEZlRtbHI3SlkxUT09   Passcode: 2024
  • Read the Syllabus carefully. Make sure you have a printed copy to refer to.
  • Read the Calendar carefully. Post a printed copy on your bulletin board where you can’t miss it.
  • Read online notes 1a and 1b (on the course website) and the text Chapter 1.  The textbook is only available online.  The syllabus, website, and Canvas have all the details.
  • Lab 1 is due Tuesday, July 9.  This is a Quiz on Canvas.  You can take as much time as you like; it is open book; but you do have to do it all in one sitting.  Allow about 2-3 hours for it.
  • 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.
  • Record your reading on Canvas by next Tuesday, midnight.

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 – student 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.


Bruce Martin, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Geography