GEOG 1102 - Physical Geography and human environmental impacts
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 1102 Course Physical Geography and human environmental impacts Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week, plus a one-day field trip Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible GEST 1002 Course Description This course examines the heavy burden humans have placed on Planet Earth. The functioning of the environment is analysed in order to understand human impacts. A key feature of the course is a focus on the solutions to environmental problems at local to global scales. In the course we first consider indigenous peoples? management of the Australian landscape. Then follows an examination of global climate change. Turning to the water cycle, we focus on how the crucial resource of water has been degraded in Australia and around the world. Finally, we examine biological process and the challenges of biodiversity loss, invasive species, fire and forest management, and the importance of wetlands. A one-day field trip focusses on rehabilitation of degraded environments.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor John Tibby
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate an understanding of the Earth’s major physical environmental systems 2 Gain an insight into the history of humans' impact on the planet 3 Demonstrate an understanding of key physical environmental processes at local to global scales 4 Develop interdisciplinary problem-solving skills 5 Develop literary, verbal and numerical proficiency 6 Work effectively in a team environment
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
4, 5, 6
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesThere is no text book “Footprints”, rather a list of readings relevant to each lecture, the tutorials and assessment will be available on MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesRecommended resource are provided on MyUni
Online LearningMyUni is the platform for aspects of the course that will be delivered online. All lectures will be recorded and made available online. Lecture slides will also be made available online. Revisions materials and practice assessment questions will be placed online.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The course lectures provide basic factual information and conceptual understanding of the physical environment and human impact upon it. The tutorials and workshops provide an opportunity to consolidate understanding from lectures and, particularly, to debate key issues and provide “hands on” experience in data manipulation. The field trip and report provides students with an opportunity to apply their understanding of the course to natural resource management issues in the River Torrens catchment. Finally, the quizzes will assess students’ understandingof the course content.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1. Structured learning (lectures and tutorials): 3 hours per week
2. Background reading and reading for specific tutorials: 2 hours per week
3. Field report research and preparation: 3 hours per week (average)
4. Revision: 4 hours per week (average)
Learning Activities Summary
A broad outline of each week's focus is outlined below. However the focus of the course will be altered in response to student interest and events during the year
Week Overall topic
1 The Anthropocene concept
2 Living in harmony? The impacts of Aboriginal peoples on the physical environment
3 Global and Australian climates
4 Climate Change: Causes and consequences
5 Climate Change: Solutions
6 Inland waters: availability and variability
7 Protecting critical freshwaters
9 Biodiversity loss
10 Oceans and coasts
11 Oceans and coasts
Specific Course RequirementsThere will be a compulsory one day field trip focussed on the upper reaches of the River Torrens. More details will be provided during the
first weeks of classes.
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Assessment SummaryModified arrangements have been made to assessments and the details provided here reflect recent updates.
Assessment Task Weighting Quizzes in class or online 60% Field work report (or alternative) 40%
Assessment DetailFurther assessment details will be provided both online and in class
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from
students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff,
the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of
Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as CEQ surveys and Program
SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual
teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and
program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how
effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate
student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy
(http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and
must be conducted at least once every 2 years. Feedback on issues
raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled
students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.
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