GEO101

NCEA Level 1 Geography 101

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Whaea E. Stanbridge


Geography 101

Geography is the subject that holds the key to our future.” - Michael Palin.

Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers explore both the physical properties of Earth's surface and the human societies spread across it. It is about understanding the processes of the world around us, to help us make sense of our ever-changing natural and cultural environments. There are practical fieldwork and skills components to the subject.


This Level 1 course is designed as an introduction to the study of Geography. We learn about different aspects of the natural and cultural world, including extreme natural event processes, contemporary geographic issues, geographic research, and the global nature of today's world. The course is varied and interesting, with an emphasis on gaining the skills integral to Geography. There is a practical component, including a field trip to support one of the internal standards.


Course Overview

Term 1
Global Geographic Patterns
All About Chocolate: The Global Distribution of Cocoa Production and Chocolate Consumption.
Achievement Standard 1.7, internal assessment, 3 credits.

Term 2
Contemporary Geographic Issue
Socio-economic Processes in our Country: The State of Child Poverty in New Zealand
Achievement Standard 1.6, internal assessment, 3 credits.

Conducting Geographic Research
Understanding the Local Environment: Microclimates Operating in our Neighbourhoods
Achievement Standard 1.5, internal assessment, 4 credits.

Term 3
Geographic Skills
The Language of Geography: Applying Geographic Skills
Achievement Standard 1.4, external assessment, 4 credits.

Natural Processes
Extreme Natural Events: Natural Processes, Impacts and Strategies for Preparedness and Prevention
Achievement Standard 1.1, external assessment, 4 credits.

Term 4
Preparation and revision for external assessments, practice examinations, and study leave.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

There may be one-day field trips as part of this course. There is a possible data gathering trip Term 3. The cost of this trip is around $20 to cover travel costs.

It is also expected that you purchase the Skills workbook costs approximately $20. A ruler and colouring pencils are recommended alongside stationery outlined in the published stationery list.

Pathway

Geography graduates work in a wide range of roles that have a focus on the environment or society using skills such as planning and research. Students with a focus on human geography may work as community liaison officers, volunteer coordinators, development officers, refugee support coordinators, advocates, immigration advisers, logistics coordinators, data or statistical analysts, emergency management officers or programme coordinators.

Physical geography students may work in these areas as well as in more scientific, technical or analytical roles such as environmental specialists, cartographers, supply chain analysts, compliance officers, land advisers, resource consent planners, transport analysts, urban planners or modelling or statistical analysts.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 18 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91007 v3
NZQA Info
Geography 1.1 - Demonstrate geographic understanding of environments that have been shaped by extreme natural event(s)
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 4, Week: 4

A.S. 91010 v2
NZQA Info
Geography 1.4 - Apply concepts and basic geographic skills to demonstrate understanding of a given environment
4
4
4
4
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y

Assessments:
Term: 4, Week: 4

A.S. 91011 v3
NZQA Info
Geography 1.5 - Conduct geographic research, with direction
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91012 v3
NZQA Info
Geography 1.6 - Describe aspects of a contemporary New Zealand geographic issue
3
3
3
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91013 v2
NZQA Info
Geography 1.7 - Describe aspects of a geographic topic at a global scale
3
3
3
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 18
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 14
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 8