GEOG 1104 - Intro to Geography, Environment & Population
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 1104 Course Intro to Geography, Environment & Population Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible GEST 1004 Course Description The study of geography, population and environment tend to be treated quite separately, but there are strong and important relationships between them. This course focuses on these interactions and explores their implications for Australia's and the planet's future. Key geographical concepts such as space, place and the relationship between people and place are introduced. The contemporary dynamics of population growth, composition and spatial distribution are examined and analysed and the role environmental factors have had in shaping them is explored. Equally too, the impact of population on geographical environments is examined. The constraints that environmental factors, especially water, have placed on the development of the Australian population are investigated, along with the likely influence of future climate change. A particular focus is the changing spatial distribution of the population with issues like urbanisation, 'sea change' and rural depopulation and their inter-relationship with the environment being explored. An important focus is on internal and international migration's influence in changing the population size, structure and distribution and how it affects, and is affected by, the environment. Indigenous Australians and their special relationship with the environment is discussed separately. The course will give students a solid introductory grounding in the key concepts in and relationships between geography, environment and population.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray
Associate Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Two 1 hour lectures per week
1 hour tutorial
Course Learning Outcomes1. Describe the scale, issues and nature of the relationship between population and environment.
2. Apply key geographical concepts and their relevance to the relationships between society and environment
3. Demonstrate how the spatial distribution of Australia’s population (urban, regional, rural) impacts on the environment and environment on population.
4. Ability to present and justify arguments using high quality written and verbal skills relevant to the workplace.
5. Employ interdisciplinary problem solving skills in the content of geography, environment and population.
6. Locate, read and summarise peer reviewed literature and apply to key geographical concepts.
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
5-7 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
6,7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-7 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
6,7 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThere is no prescribed text for this course. However data sources and literature have been compiled and are available on MyUni for easy student access.
Recommended ResourcesPrescribed reading and access to computer so can link to websites
Online LearningMYUNI will be used for course-related announcements, emails, information about weekly tutorial assignments and readings. Major essay topics set readings and essay writing guide.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures followed up by tutorials on related topics providing readings as specified. Topics coincide with GEP Lecturers who teach specific modules in the course to showcase their specialities and the davanced courses they teach.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
2 x 1-hour lectures (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 6 hours exam and assignment preparation per week 72 hours per semester 4 hours reading/research per week 48 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryLecture Topics
What is geography and course introduction
Key issues - sustainable populations and biodiversity
Global Population Transition: Key Concepts and Trends
Key concepts – Scale, Place, Space
Skills lecture: how to write an essay
Culture, population and environment
Environment and Physical Geography
The Built environment – Jennifer
Climate Change and Population Mobility in the Asia-Pacific Region
Australia’s Demographic Trends and environmental challenges
Migration and Urbanisation in China
Skills lectures – what constitutes a good exam answer and content revision
Change and scale
Change and sustainability
Interconnection bringing it all together
How to develop a poster
Posters- bringing it all together
Specific Course RequirementsStudents are advised to attend lectures and the tutorials each week that follow each of the modules.
Set work for assessment plus exam
Small Group Discovery Experience
This course is designed to encourage discussion around issues pertaining to population and the environment in the context of Australia and small group discovery around interpretation of the data and literature. Tutorials are broken up into groups of 4-5 to discuss the set tutorial questions and then report to group at the end.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryThe assessments for this course are designed to ensure students can demonstrate their learning of the key issues and concepts, but also that they build their skills in certain modes of assessment. These skills include: (i) written skills (assessment 1), (ii) content learning and research (assessment 2), verbal, oral and aural skills (ongoing tute and SGDE assessment) and digital media and synthesis skills (Assessment 3 - Poster).
Students will be offered the opportunity to have formative feedback on their assessments followed by the chance to amend/revise prior to final submission, and a skills lecture/session will be conducted for every piece of assessment so students know/are clear on what is expected by the Coordinator, and also what is considered high quality work and what would be considered poor quality. This will help students do their best work.
Assessment 1: Annotated Bibliography of a particular concept: 25%,Assessment 2: Issues Journal: 45 %Assessment 3: Poster Presentation: 20 %
Assessment 4: Tutorial Attendance and participation: 10%
Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
To support the changes to teaching, the following revisions to assessment have been made:-
Tutorial attendance and participation is cancelled. There is now no mark for attendance or participation. Tutorial attendance and participation is replaced with Interactive Tutorial Worksheets (PDFs) (10%). Students will complete 4 of the 5 interactive worksheets that will be given during the Zoom tutorials. Students may either do these during the Zoom tutorial class, or if students are unable to attend the Zoom class, can submit to their tutor by the end of the week.
Assessment 1: Annotated Bibliography.
This assignment remains as is, and will not change.
Assessment 2: the Poster
Originally, this assignment asked students to prepare a poster, then bring it to their tutorial class and speak about it. Students still need to prepare and upload the poster but now it is asked that students additionally (in lieu of the face to face presentation) to either (i) prepare a 2 page narrative that explains in more depth their poster or (ii) an (up to) 3 minute pre-recorded presentation – this can be via video or via voice recording.
Assessment 3: Course Journal/Portfolio
This assignment stays as is except that students now add copies of the 4 completed tutorial worksheets, as an appendix, and they will be individually assessed and worth 10%.
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance and participation in tutorials is compulsory.
Assessment DetailThis information is to be provided with the course profile provided in the MYUNI site
SubmissionOnline submission on MyUni -Information available upon enrolment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
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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