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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to Physical Geography
    • Essentials of Geography (Earth StructurejGeological Time}
    • The Dynamic Planet
    • Tectonics, Earthquakes and Volcanism
    • River Systems and Landforms
    • Weathering and Landscapes
    • Soils, Ecosystems, and Biomes
    • The Oceans, Coastal Processes, and Landscapes
    • Water Resources/Global Climate Systems
    • Weather Patterns
    • Energy, Atmosphere, and Global Temperatures
    • Conclusion
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Quizzes
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - LabAssignment (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Quiz — Online quiz (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

Explore the fascinating world of physical geography. This subject 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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