GEOH11001 - Introduction to Human Geography
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

The unit provides insights into geographic patterns associated with the Earth's societies and cultures and the human use of the Earth. Topics include: religious beliefs and practices, population characteristics and mobility, race and ethnicity, the geography of nutrition, health and disease, urban systems and rural land use patterns. Students will take a geographical approach and apply relevant concepts and theories to examine significant issues in the contemporary world.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 50%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate significant knowledge and skills in developing a geographical approach to studying societies and cultures
  2. Apply geographic analysis to a broad range of issues
  3. Enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  4. Commit themselves to ethical action and social responsibility
  5. Demonstrate effective communication skills
  6. Develop self-motivation, and be thoughtful and capable learners able to work independently or collaboratively
  7. Have the ability to find, retrieve, sort, test and use information
  8. Have the ability to explain geographic patterns
  9. Apply geographic models and concepts
  10. Enhance their generic skills in information literacy and other technical skills and competencies relating to the unit.

The main objectives of the unit are to provide students with basic skills in developing a geographical approach to studying societies and cultures. It will give clear direction to students who have an interest in Geography with a more human focus and enable them to view, from a geographic perspective, contemporary developments taking place at the local, regional, national and international levels.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)

Prescribed Textbooks

Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture
Author/s: Erin H. Fouberg et al Year: 2014
Edition: 11th Edition Publisher: john wiley & sons
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

This textbook comes with a Student Companion Site which contains useful learning resources.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Word Processing
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorJiaping Wu (j.wu@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Geography of What: An Introduction to Human Geography

Ch.1 "Introduction to Human Geography" (pp. 1-28)

Note: Weekly Online Quizzes are available from the first day of the term; but each quiz is due in different weeks from Week 4.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Population and Geography of Health

Ch.2 "Population and Health" (pp. 29-59)

Week 3 20-03-2017

Population Mobility and Migration

Ch.3 "Migration" (pp. 60-89)

Week 4 27-03-2017

Cultural Geographies

Ch.4 "Local Culture, Popular Culture, and Cultural Landscapes" (pp. 90-116)

Online quiz 1 due

Week 5 03-04-2017

Identity and Place

Ch.5 "Identity: Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality" (pp. 117-142)

Online quiz 2 due

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Geographies of Language and Religion

Ch.6 "Language" (pp. 143-170)

Ch.7 "Religion" (pp, 171-210)

Online quiz 3 due

Week 7 24-04-2017

Political Geographies

Ch.8 "Political Geography" (pp. 211-244)

Online quiz 4 due

Map report Due Friday (28 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Urbanisation and the Urbanised World

Ch.9 "Urban Geography" (pp. 245-287)

Online quizzes 5 & 6 due

Week 9 08-05-2017

Geographies of Development

Ch.10 "Development" (pp.288-310)

Online quizzes 7 & 8 due

Week 10 15-05-2017

Geographies of Agriculture and Regional Development

Ch.11 "Agriculture and the Rural Landscape" (pp.311-345)

Online quizzes 9 & 10 due

Week 11 22-05-2017

Geographies of Industry and Services

Ch.12 "Industry and Services" (pp. 346-378)

Online quiz 11 due

Week 12 29-05-2017

Environmental Change & Globalization

Ch.13 "The Humanised Environment" (pp. 378-406.)

Ch.14 "Globalisation and the Geography of Networks" (pp. 407-420.)

Online quiz 12 due

Term Research Paper Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Map report
Task Description

The assignment consists of two components: a map report and forum postings.

  1. The map reports require you to find two different web sites from which you can access maps. Download one map from each of the websites, which relates to aspects of Human Geography. The scale of the area represented by each map should be different; for example, one map of a country and one map of a region (or one map of community or cultural groups). The maps can deal with the same or different themes. For each map, explain and evaluate what the map shows and determine how it contributes to your understanding of aspects of Human Geography. Your reports worth 20% of your grade and need to be submitted on time.
  2. Forum postings require you to write on aspects of local geographies or current geographic issues during the term. You should post them in 'Connecting Forum' of the course Moodle site. These include 3 postings and at least 2 responses or comments on other fellow student’s postings. Your postings can be any topic and in any format but they must are relevant to the learning of this subject (see connecting questions in the study guide or any other questions that come from your readings). The postings worth 10% of your grade.
Assessment Due Date Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
The map report is due Friday of week 7. Forum postings will be due Friday of week 12.
Return Date to Students The map reports will be marked and returned within two weeks or as soon as practicable after the due date.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
  • Quality of maps chosen, including illustrations and appropriateness of mapping subjects;
  • Interpretation of map elements (e.g. scales and legends) and mapping information, including applications of relevant human geographic concepts to answer questions of what, where and why;
  • Competency of communications, including structure, English expression and citation.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate significant knowledge and skills in developing a geographical approach to studying societies and cultures

2. Apply geographic analysis to a broad range of issues

3. Enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills

4. Commit themselves to ethical action and social responsibility

5. Demonstrate effective communication skills

6. Develop self-motivation, and be thoughtful and capable learners able to work independently or collaboratively

7. Have the ability to find, retrieve, sort, test and use information

8. Have the ability to explain geographic patterns

9. Apply geographic models and concepts

10. Enhance their generic skills in information literacy and other technical skills and competencies relating to the unit.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Term Research Paper
Task Description

Write a term research paper to discuss and evaluate the geographical dimensions of any one or a combination of two or more following topics: population, race, religion, language, politics, land use, farming, urban and industrial space, inequalities in health, network societies etc.

The paper should have a clear focus while the scale of which can range from the local to the national, regional or global.

Detailed instructions, requirements and resources for completing the assessment are provided in the course Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Research paper will be marked and returned through the course Moodle site.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria
  • Depth and breadth of research on selected topics;
  • Evidence of applying geographical approaches to understanding of the topics, including use of maps and other visual and graphical data;
  • Knowledge and skills demonstrated to identify and explain geographic patterns and/or spatial relations;
  • Effective communications, including organisation, English expression and citation of the research paper;
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate significant knowledge and skills in developing a geographical approach to studying societies and cultures

2. Apply geographic analysis to a broad range of issues

3. Enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills

4. Commit themselves to ethical action and social responsibility

5. Demonstrate effective communication skills

6. Develop self-motivation, and be thoughtful and capable learners able to work independently or collaboratively

7. Have the ability to find, retrieve, sort, test and use information

8. Have the ability to explain geographic patterns

9. Apply geographic models and concepts

10. Enhance their generic skills in information literacy and other technical skills and competencies relating to the unit.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quizzes
Task Description

This assessment item consists of 12 weekly online quizzes. Each quiz has 10 multiple-choice questions. The questions are primarily based on learning materials of the week (Study Guide, Textbooks and other Course Resources). You need to select the best response.

Number of Quizzes 12
Frequency of Quizzes Weekly
Assessment Due Date Online quizzes are recommended to be complete weekly. Each quiz will be available from Monday of week 1; but cut off differently at certain week by the end of that week (at 11:30pm Rockhampton time, Sunday). For instance, quiz 1 will be cut off at the weekend on week 4. Please note two quizzes will be switched off each week in weeks 8, 9 and 10.
Return Date to Students Score of each quiz will be automatically counted as it submitted.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Each question has one best answer only. The Question will be automatically marked 'correct if you chose the right answer. Scores are based on the number of correct answers only. There are no marks deducted for incorrect responses.

Submission Online

Make sure that you have entered your answers carefully and that you press the 'submit' button. (You could press ‘save’ to save your choices, which enable you to continue working on it the other times. However, once you press ‘submit’, you will not be able to repeat or change your choices of the quiz.)

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate significant knowledge and skills in developing a geographical approach to studying societies and cultures

2. Apply geographic analysis to a broad range of issues

3. Enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills

4. Commit themselves to ethical action and social responsibility

5. Demonstrate effective communication skills

6. Develop self-motivation, and be thoughtful and capable learners able to work independently or collaboratively

7. Have the ability to find, retrieve, sort, test and use information

8. Have the ability to explain geographic patterns

9. Apply geographic models and concepts

10. Enhance their generic skills in information literacy and other technical skills and competencies relating to the unit.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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