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GEOG101 Physical Geography

An introduction to the geographic study of the Earth’s environmental systems, with particular emphasis on energy, landforms, vegetation, surficial materials and water. Includes laboratory studies, tutorials and field work.

Paper title Physical Geography
Paper code GEOG101
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $998.10
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,155.00

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Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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An Introduction of Physical Geography and the Environment. 3rd Edition, edited by Joseph Holden (2012), Pearson
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper you should:
  • Have a well-developed understanding of the content, key concepts and themes in contemporary Physical Geography
  • Be familiar with and able to apply basic methods of study and techniques of analysis in Physical Geography
  • Be able to analyse critically and communicate your analysis effectively using both oral and written media
  • Be well prepared to progress to 200-level papers in Geography and to apply geographic perspectives in other subjects you may be studying
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Professor Richard Morgan
Lecturers: Associate Professor Mike Hilton, Dr Nicolas Cullen and Dr Sarah Mager
Teaching Fellow: Ben Varkalis
Paper Structure
This paper consists of 4 lectures per week and 1 three-hour laboratory. Lectures cover 4 modules:
  • Geomorphology
  • Climatology
  • Hydrology
  • Biogeography
Teaching Arrangements
  • 1 field trip 6%
  • Mid-term test 10%
  • Practical Laboratory Programme 44%
  • Final Examination 40%

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Weeks: 9-12,14-16,18-22 Mon : 09:00-09:50
Weeks: 9-12,14-22 Tues, Wed, Thurs : 09:00-09:50


Weeks: 9-12,14-15,18,20-22 Mon : 10:00-12:50
or Mon : 14:00-16:50
or Mon : 18:00-20:50
Weeks: 9-11,14-15,17-18,20-22 Fri : 14:00-16:50
Weeks: 9-12,14-15,17-18,20-22 Tues : 10:00-12:50
or Tues : 14:00-16:50
or Wed : 10:00-12:50
or Wed : 14:00-16:50
or Wed : 18:00-20:50
or Thurs : 10:00-12:50
or Thurs : 14:00-16:50