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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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Textbooks
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
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching Arrangements
Assessment:
  • 1 field trip 6%
  • Mid-term test 10%
  • Practical Laboratory Programme 44%
  • Final Examination 40%

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
L1 Monday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 14-16, 18-22
Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 14-22
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 14-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 14-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 10:00-12:50 9-12, 14-15, 18, 20-22
P2 Monday 14:00-16:50 9-12, 14-15, 18, 20-22
P3 Monday 18:00-20:50 9-12, 14-15, 18, 20-22
P4 Tuesday 10:00-12:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-18, 20-22
P5 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-18, 20-22
P6 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-18, 20-22
P7 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-18, 20-22
P8 Wednesday 18:00-20:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-18, 20-22
P9 Thursday 10:00-12:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-18, 20-22
P10 Thursday 14:00-16:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-18, 20-22
P12 Friday 14:00-16:50 9-11, 14-15, 17-18, 20-22

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.

Physical Geography is the study of the natural environment that promotes the understanding of the interactions between social, earth and physical science. A particular characteristic of Physical Geography is that it is -œhands on- and concentrates on the real world, and to study the real world requires specific skills like mapping, remote sensing, data collection, field work and communication skills. In GEOG 101 we will introduce you to the diverse physical environment and in practical sessions introduce skills that will enable you to apply your theoretical knowledge to real world problems. The skills learnt in this course are those used by researchers and professionals in many disciplines.

Paper title Physical Geography
Paper code GEOG101
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2017 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Mike Hilton
Teaching Fellow: Ben Varkalis
Paper Structure
This paper consists of four lectures per week and one 3-hour laboratory. Lectures cover four modules:
  • Geomorphology
  • Climatology
  • Hydrology
  • Biogeography
Teaching Arrangements
Assessment:
  • 1 field trip 6%
  • Mid-term test 10%
  • Practical Laboratory Programme 44%
  • Final Examination 40%
Textbooks
An Introduction of Physical Geography and the Environment. 3rd Edition, edited by Joseph Holden (2012), Pearson
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
L1 Monday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 17-22
Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 18-22
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 17-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 17-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 10:00-12:50 9-14, 17-18, 20, 22
P2 Monday 14:00-16:50 9-14, 17-18, 20, 22
P3 Monday 18:00-20:50 9-14, 17-18, 20, 22
P4 Tuesday 10:00-12:50 9-14, 18, 20-22
P5 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 9-14, 18, 20-22
P6 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 9-14, 17-18, 20, 22
P7 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 9-14, 17-18, 20, 22
P8 Wednesday 18:00-20:50 9-14, 17-18, 20, 22
P9 Thursday 10:00-12:50 9-14, 17-18, 20, 22
P10 Thursday 14:00-16:50 9-14, 17-18, 20, 22
P11 Friday 14:00-16:50 9-14, 17-18, 20, 22