Semester One, 18 points
Lectures: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9am – 9.50am
Labs: one 3 hour laboratory per week
This paper is an introduction to the discipline of Physical Geography at Otago, which involves both practical and theoretical elements. Physical Geography is the study of the physical environment that promotes the understanding of the interactions between social, earth and physical sciences. In GEOG101 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.
GEOG101 is broadly divided into four interlinking spheres of study:
- Lithosphere – the Earth’s crust and that portion of the upper mantle directly below the crust.
- Atmosphere – the veil of gases surrounding the Earth that forms a protective boundary between outer space and the biosphere.
- Hydrosphere – the abiotic open system that includes all of Earth’s water.
- Biosphere – the area where the atmosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere function together to form the context within which life exists; an intricate web that connects all organisms with their physical environments.
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 'hands 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|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,092.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,004.75|
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- Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Sean Fitzsimons
Teaching Fellow: Ben Varkalis
- Paper Structure
Lectures cover four modules:
Assessment is 60% internal (on-going during the semester) and 40% external (final examination)
- Teaching Arrangements
4 lectures and 1 x 3 hour laboratory per week.
One half-day field trip during the course, where you will undertake observations and measurements of some aspect of the natural environment.
An Introduction of Physical Geography and the Environment. 4th Edition, edited by Joseph Holden (2017), Pearson
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy,
Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- 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