Course Name: Physical Geography
Lecture Time: 60 Credit hours (15 weeks, 2 sessions/week, 2 hours/session)
Instructors: Prof. Dr. Changhe Lv, Prof. Dr. Junhu Dai
Course Description: This is a basic course designed for undergraduates majoring in human geography, and can be selected as an elective course for undergraduates majoring in environmental and ecological sciences. The course mainly introduces the concepts and elements of physical geographical environments, including the characteristics of the shape and rotation of the Earth, the generating elements and types of the climates around our planet, as well as their spatiotemporal changes, the hydrology and water resources, the creation of landforms and their geomorphic types, soil types and geographical distribution, and different terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and the formation of various biomes and vegetations. Finally, we will also introduce the application of above concepts and theories in environment protection and management, such as the integrated geographic regionalization, evaluation of land values. Through classroom teaching, students can master the basic knowledge, theories and analyzing methods of physical geography, and understand the integrity and regionalization of physical environment. As results, students can be capable of the analysis the composition and interaction of environmental elements, and have the basic skills for classification of physical environment.
Recommended textbook: Guanghe Wu, et al. 2008. Physical Geography (4 th edition). Beijing: Higher Education Press. 502 pp.
Topics and Schedule
The homework and class attendance will be graded, which count for 30% of the total scores. At the end of the class it will be followed by a closed-book examination, which will count for 70% of the total scores.
 Gabler, R.E., Petersen, J.F., Trapasso, L.M., Sack, D. (2009) Physical Geography, 9th ed. Brooks/Cole. 552 pp.
 Gabler, R.E., Petersen, J.F., Trapasso, L.M., Sager, R.J., Wise, D.L. (2007) Essentials of physical geography, 8th ed. Thomson, Brooks. 641 pp.
 Holden, J. (2012) An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment, 3rd ed. Pearson Education Limited. 876 pp.
 Petersen, J., Sack, D., Gabler, R.E. (2015) Fundamentals of Physical Geography, 2 nd ed. Brooks/Cole. 544 pp.
 Strahler, A.H. (2013) Introducing Physical Geography, 6th ed. Willey. 656 pp.
 Bingwei Huang, Du Zheng and Mingcha Zhao. (1999) Modern Physical Geography. Science Press. 366 pp. (in Chinese)
 Jijun Meng. (2011) Integrated Physical Geography, 2 nd ed. Peking University Press. 325 pp. (In Chinese).
 Guanghe Wu and Yunlong Cai (2004) Integrated Physical Geography. Higher Education Press. 377pp. (In Chinese).
 Jihua Wu, Shen Zhang, Yuan Jiang, Muyi Kang and Yang Qiu. (2004) Plant Geography, 4th ed. Higher Education Press. 382pp. (In Chinese).
 Shuzhen Zhu (1997) Meteorology and Climatology. Higher Education Press. 260 pp. (In Chinese)