Geography 1


This course introduces you to the interactions between the processes of the Natural and Cultural environment, as well as building understanding of the sustainable use of an environment. Using examples from the local, national and global environments.

The main modules are:

  • Use GIS to produce maps and visualisations of an earthquake event on the Alpine Fault.
  • Understand earthquakes and the impact of natural and cultural environments.
  • Describe the global patterns of Climate Change 
  • Describe the contemporary issue of Climate Change in the Pacific Islands
  • Researching a location for McDonalds in Wanaka.
  • Understand geographic skills.

You will find that Level 1 Geography builds your understanding of our world. It challenges you to take an active interest in the environment that surrounds you while travelling, working or involved in recreational activities.


 Where does this subject lead?
This subject leads to Level 2 Geography.  It also assists students to take an active interest in the environment that surrounds them while working, travelling or taking their leisure.  Geography is also valuable for careers such as tourism, resource planning, conservation, agriculture, local government, statistics, surveying and environmental studies.

 How is the course assessed?
Level 1 Achievement Standards: 21 credits

8 credits assessed externally
13 credits assessed internally

Indicative cost   
$30 purchase of a Geography skills book is recommended.

ASSESSMENT OUTLINE:


Standard
Number
Title Credit Value Internal / External
L1
Literacy or Numeracy
91007    Demonstrate geographic understanding of environments that have been shaped by extreme natural event(s)4  Ex Lit
91010

Apply concepts and basic geographic skills to demonstrate understanding of a given environment

4     Ex Num
91011Conduct geographic research, with direction4 In Both
91013    

Describe aspects of a contemporary New Zealand geographic issue. 

3 In Lit
 91013 Describe aspects of a geographic topic at a global scale. 3 In Lit
91014

Apply spatial analysis, with direction, to solve a geographic problem.

3 In -


TOTAL CREDITS AVAILABLE

2

ASSESSMENT AND REASSESSMENT

 Standards that are assessed in the Level 1 Geography course contribute towards the Level One National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). Four of the achievement standards for the Level 1 Geography Course are internal assessments and the other two are external assessments.

There will be no reassessment opportunities available.

The externally assessed standards undertaken during the national examination period at 2.00pm on 8 November 2018. 

Throughout the year formative assessment of Geographic skills will take place. Practice examination in Week 8 & 9 of Term 3 are used to inform learning for external exams. 

The results from these practice assessments will count towards any compassionate consideration where “Derived Grades” are required and "top of the class" calculation.  See the NCEA Student Handbook for more details.