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Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 12 weeks of study, 3 - 5 hours/week...

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Lesson 1: Why Mountains Matter

In this introductory lesson, you will learn why mountain environments are relevant to people all around the globe. We’ll also define just what a “mountain” is in order to show why it is useful to think about mountains from various perspectives. TechTip: Your feet are your vehicle...
4 videos (Total 25 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
1.2 Why do Mountains Matter?6m
1.3 Defining a Mountain11m
Tech Tip 01: Your Feet are Your Vehicle2m
3 readings
Instructional Staff10m
Your Mountain World Interactive Map - Lesson 110m
Course notes and recomended readings10m
1 practice exercise
Lesson 120m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Lesson 2: Origins

In Lesson 2, we discuss why mountains are located where they are. How did they get there? We’ll explore the physical origins of mountains, theories of mountain building, and how our changing ideas about mountains and their genesis have shaped our engagement with them. TechTip: Dress for success...
5 videos (Total 46 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
2.2 Current Theories of Mountain Building6m
2.3 Types of Mountains9m
2.4 Conclusion6m
Tech Tip 02: Dress for Success3m
2 readings
Your Mountain World Interactive Map - Lesson 210m
Course notes and recommended readings - Lesson 210m
1 practice exercise
Lesson 220m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Lesson 3: Climate

Mountains influence climate and weather at both global and local scales. In Lesson 3, we will examine how elevation affects atmospheric processes, and discuss an ecological manifestation of mountain climate: the alpine tree line. TechTip: What goes in your pack?...
4 videos (Total 39 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
3.2 Local Climate Drivers5m
3.3 Alpine Environments7m
Tech Tip 03: What goes in your pack?4m
2 readings
Your Mountain World Interactive Map - Lesson 310m
Course notes and recomended readings - Lesson 310m
1 practice exercise
Lesson 320m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Lesson 4: Bodies at Altitude

Lesson 4 explores some of the physiological responses that allow humans to visit higher altitudes, as well as the unique genetic adaptations that permit long-time exposure to the world’s high places. TechTip: Stay found – preparation...
4 videos (Total 37 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
4.2 Acclimatization12m
4.3 Adaptation of High-Altitude Peoples9m
Tech Tip 04: Stay Found - Preparation3m
2 readings
Your Mountain World Interactive Map - Lesson 410m
Course notes and recommended readings - Lesson 410m
1 practice exercise
Lesson 420m
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By SKDec 23rd 2017

So interesting! So well made, every lesson is thought out the interactive mountain map was a joy to complete each time! Incredibly thoughtful and sensitive to every aspect that touches the mountains.

By ABJun 22nd 2017

This is a very comprehensive and interesting presentation of the place mountain occupy in our social, economical, and spiritual life. I definitely would enjoy visiting the Canadian Rockies.

Instructors

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Zac Robinson

Associate Professor
Physical Education & Recreation
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David Hik

Professor
Biological Sciences

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