If you are interested in exploring how the planet works then this is the course for you! This introductory physical geography course will investigate the lithosphere, hydrosphere, weather and climate and the biosphere and how humans are impacting these ancient physical systems. You will develop “writing the earth” report writing skills using professional geographical tools and datasets.
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On Campus Tutorial||2hrs||Week 1||11 times|
|Learning materials – Weekly introduction and preparation material||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Learning materials – Weekly introduction and preparation material||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Synchronous tutorial||2hrs||Week 1||11 times|
Geographers tool kit
The big picture: Climate Change
Lithosphere – the history of the earths crust
Atmosphere – weather and climate
Hydrosphere – found everywhere
Biosphere – biodiversity under threat
Physical geography investigation
100 Level (Introductory)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...||Professional Standard Mapping * Australian Learning & Teaching Council|
|1||Describe and apply foundational geographical concepts and principles of place, space, scale, interaction, environment and sustainability.||Knowledgeable||
|2||Demonstrate spatial and temporal thinking and awareness.||Empowered||
|3||Describe and explain core physical geography systems and processes||Knowledgeable||
|4||Apply geographical knowledge to evaluate the sustainability of human-environment interactions in a region/place.||Sustainability-focussed||
|5||Search, select, analyse and structure information to communicate geographical perspectives and knowledge using different textual forms including maps.||Engaged||
|Australian Learning & Teaching Council|
|1||Knowing: Demonstrate a coherent geographical understanding of trends, processes and impacts that shape Australian and other environments and/or societies at different spatial and temporal scales.|
|3||Thinking: Apply geographical thought creatively, critically and appropriately to specific spaces, places and/or environments.|
|6||Communicating: Communicate geographical perspectives and knowledge effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences using appropriately selected written, oral and visual means.|
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Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
There is an early (Week 3) low weighted quiz that sets the tone and the types of material covered in the course.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
2 hour window and should take less than an hour.
|Week 3||Online Submission|
Four reports (10% each) 500 words each Figure titles, tables and references not included in word count
|Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||Online Submission|
|Exam Period||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Climate Change and COP26|
This foundational quiz is designed for you to demonstrate your understanding of key IPCC scientific findings and related UN working groups.
online multi choice and short answer
|All - Assessment Task 2:Physical Geography Systems|
The purpose of this task is for you to demonstrate your competency to describe and apply knowledge of physical geography systems.
Each of the four exercises will be introduced in the tutorial. Each system description will be produced using relevant communication methods including maps, images, graphs and text. Lithosphere due Week 4 Friday Atmosphere due Week 6 Friday Hydrosphere due Week 10 Friday Biosphere due Week 12 Friday
|All - Assessment Task 3:Queensland Globe Investigation|
You will evaluate the sustainability of environment-human interactions in a region or place. You will draw on primary data of the four physical systems and describe key relations, impacts, drivers of change and implications of climate change on your landscape.
Academic Report 1200 words – this is a sharp and concise piece of work. Harvard or APA referencing Primary data used All referencing, tables or figure titles are not included in the word count
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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