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Douglas Mercer
GEOG 490
Seattle Campus

Field Research: The Seattle Region

Field methods for contemporary urban research. Survey designs used in the analysis of transportation, land use, location of employment, shopping and housing, political fragmentation, and environmental degradation. Field report required, based on field work in the Seattle region.

Class description

This is a field course on the Seattle region. In the first half of the course students will visit sites in the region organized by the professor: exploring Ravenna Park's restoration, riding the #48 bus, visting Bellevue's downtown, and more. Each of these explores are designed around a geographical concept. Students will design and do their own explores in the second half of the course. The primary product for the course are the explore plan and report.

Student learning goals

To learn how your interpretation of the world is shaped by ideas.

Gain a better appreciation for the vernacular landscapes of the Seattle region

To learn the history that produced Seattle's landscapes

To create .htm documents from .ppt

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion, field trips

Recommended preparation

Upper Class standing

Class assignments and grading

Assignment summary (navigate to detailed assignment descriptions with links)

Assignment % Due Description Concept reading 5%

Individual Grade April 3 Find a concept and propose it to class Explore Presentation 5%

Group Grade April 17 Your group presents a draft of your Explore Explore Plan 20% April 24 Your groupís plan for how to explore a concept in the context of the Seattle region. Mid-term Exam


Individual May 1 Based on content from lectures, readings and field trip Explores done to that point. Trailblazer Presentation 5%

Group May 29/31 Formal presentation of Trailblazer Report. Class provides feedback. Trailblazer Report 15%


June 5 Final ELECTRONIC submission of your .ppt Trailblazer Report. Final version should reflect feedback from presentation. Anonymous Peer Evaluation 10% Individual June 7 You MUST fill out the anonymous peer evaluation and turn it in on the last day of class. Explore Report 10% Individual May 29 A documentation of your experience doing another groupís Explore. Final


Individual June 7 NOT cumulative. Based on materials presented after the midterm.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Douglas Mercer
Date: 03/26/2007