There are no formal, sit-down, fixed-date exams in this course. Instead, the exam component of your grade will come from three short essays (800 – 1,200 word each, excluding references and figures.) You should submit these essays by the deadline dates on the course calendar.
Please submit your essay to me as a Word attachment to an e-mail, and be sure to put the words “Geog 305 exam” in the subject line of your e-mail, and name your file with your last name (e.g. Smith exam 1)
You may use any sources you wish in answering the exam questions, and you may, if you wish, ask others to read over your exam and give you feedback on it. Bear in mind, though, that your essay must be your own work, and that you must provide full and accurate references for all sources you consult in writing your essay. (Use the same referencing style as that used by the Annals of the Association of American Geographers.)
A good grade will go to an essay that contains a clear thesis, a lucid argument (backed up with clear and properly documented evidence,) and a persuasive conclusion. Since this is a take-home exam and you have time to work on your essays, I will give good grades only to those essays that are polished, well documented, and well researched (You will not be able to do well in the exam if you rely solely on the text, other required readings, and class discussions. And you will most certainly do very badly if your essays reflect that you are not familiar with the required readings.)
Download Version 2 of the exam here (pdf format.) Please bear in mind that additional questions will be added to the exam as the semester progresses.