Physical Geography - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (30%) , LabAssignment (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

Explore the fascinating world of physical geography. 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, economic and public policy outcomes.

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

  1. examine the principles of physical geography, sustainable development and environmental planning
  2. identify and evaluate key issues and threatening processes in environmental sustainability
  3. evaluate the likely impacts of climate change and resultant environmental uncertainty on planning for social environmental and economic sustainability
  4. apply critical skills in the interpretation and analysis of data
  5. synthesise the analytical skills by evaluating and reporting on a specific physical geography challenge.
  • Essay (30%)
  • LabAssignment (40%)
  • Quiz — Online quiz (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access — Access to Internet
  • Other special requirement — Access to Google Earth

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Physical Geography
2Essentials of Geography (Earth StructurejGeological Time}
3The Dynamic Planet
4Tectonics, Earthquakes and Volcanism
5River Systems and Landforms
6Weathering and Landscapes
7Soils, Ecosystems, and Biomes
8The Oceans, Coastal Processes, and Landscapes
9Water Resources/Global Climate Systems
10Weather Patterns
11Energy, Atmosphere, and Global Temperatures

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes

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.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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