EDCU14033 - Geography

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will develop your professional knowledge and skills as a Geography educator. This involves interpreting and using relevant resources, including Geography curriculum, to extend your pedagogical content knowledge. You learn how Geography creates a bridge between the natural and social sciences. Your understanding of Geographical Inquiry as a key pedagogical approach to examine patterns and relationships within and between places is developed using integrative reflections to further improve both your teaching and student learning. The unit enhances your development as a beginning professional, and consolidates key aspects of your substantive professional knowledge, skills and dispositions.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: EDCU12039

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Bundaberg
Mackay
Noosa
Online
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Online

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).

Assessment Overview

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 50%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 36.84% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: students
Feedback
This unit was relevant and engaging. The assessment tasks, experiences and resources were provided that were practical for us to have when we are teachers.
Recommendation
Maintain the content and assessment tasks. Continue to provide practical resources.
Action Taken
Assessments remained the same. Some more support was provided in moodle.
Source: students
Feedback
The unit helped me to link Geographical concepts to other areas of the curriculum, especially to the History unit.
Recommendation
Maintain the content that discusses interdisciplinary teaching.
Action Taken
The content was maintained.
Source: students and tutors
Feedback
The weekly moodle pages needed more details in relation to the assessment tasks.
Recommendation
Provide more description of how the weekly content relates to the assessment tasks.
Action Taken
More description was added to moodle to link the topics with the assessments.
Source: students and tutors
Feedback
Clearer expectations for the assessment tasks and descriptions within the criteria.
Recommendation
Enhance the criteria sheets and provide examples and structure for the assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Details about how the students could meet the criteria sheet was given to the students.
Source: student
Feedback
More specific links for Early Childhood and Primary teachers are needed.
Recommendation
Add more content in moodle and specific examples of Geography teaching strategies and activities that can be used in Early Childhood & Primary classrooms.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: student
Feedback
The first assessment task is useful as it helped me to see a process to go through each time I decide on an online resource. The second assessment is one of the most practical tasks in the whole bachelor degree. The task is perfect the way it is.
Recommendation
Keep the assessments as is. There may be some need to fine-tune the criteria sheet.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: students and tutors
Feedback
Examples of the assessment tasks would help.
Recommendation
Provide some examples for parts of the assessments so students know where to start and tutors have a better idea of how to mark.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the potential of ICTs for expanding learning opportunities and promoting purposeful engagement with geographical concepts and inquiry processes
  2. Review practices used to develop and support the safe, responsible and ethical use of digital information, tools and resources
  3. Critically evaluate professional learning and engagement to improve practice in Geographical education
  4. Synthesise understandings of the knowledge, practice and dispositions of a Geography educator.

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to engage with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) focus areas of:

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

2.2 Content selection and organisation

2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

3.4 Select and use resources

3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs

4.1 Support student participation

4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically

6.1 Identify and plan professional learning needs

6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice

6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology 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 9
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment