Physical Geography - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Laboratory (40%) , Essay (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 1,169.00
HECS 1,169.00
International 1,419.00

This unit provides an introduction and exploration of the main principles of physical geography applied to urban, rural and regional environments. A range of topics are examined in relation to environmental processes as well as, social and economic public policy outcomes.

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At the completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. explain the physical processes that have shaped and continue to shape our planet
  2. describe how physical geography interacts with and shapes human geography and evaluate key issues and threatening processes in environmental sustainability,
  3. critically discuss the global impact of human activities on the environment,
  4. apply data collection and analysis to examine the effects of human and non-human interactions.
  • Assignment — Laboratory (40%)
  • Essay (30%)
  • Quiz — Online Quiz (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to physical geography: the physical-environmental-social basis of our world
2Essentials of Physical Geography (earth structure, geological time)
3The dynamic planet
4Tectonics, places and volcanism
5River systems and landforms
6Weathering and landscapes
7Soils, ecosystems and biomes
8The oceans, coastal processes and landscapes
9Water resources and global climate systems
10Weather patterns
11Energy, atmosphere and global temperatures
12Conclusion: revisiting our earth

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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