GEOH11001 - Introduction to Human Geography

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides an introduction to the themes, approaches, and main subfields of human geography. In this unit, you will explore spatial patterns and processes of population, migration, health and disease, culture, identity and cultural landscape, urban systems, location of economic activities and sustainable development. You will examine these through case studies drawn from Australia and around the world.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

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. Online discussion forum 20%
2. Report 40%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 46.15% 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: Self-assessment
Learning materials require periodic refreshing.
The unit has been substantially revised. The prescribed textbook has been replaced by selected readings provided in moodle and the weekly lecture notes have been updated. The unit lead will continue refreshing the learning materials.
Action Taken
The prescribed textbook was replaced by selected learning materials. The weekly lecture notes were revised accordingly.
Source: CQU Moodle Refresh
Better arrangement of weekly learning and teaching activities.
The weekly learning and teaching (reading guides, learning activities etc) will be reorganised in accordance with requirements of the Moodle Refresh.
Action Taken
The learning materials and learning activities were re-arranged in accordance with the CQURenew format.
Source: Feedback in Have Your Say
Learning activities and assessments
Students found that learning activities were designed to be relevant to the assessments. It is recommended to maintain the relationship between learning activities and the assessments in the learning materials.
Action Taken
Source: Students feedback and UC self reflection
Learning materials
Students found that the unit allows them to learn the geography of their local communities. It is recommended to increase the connection of learning with the students' future professions, such as geography teachers.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the key concepts and themes of human geography
  2. Identify and explain spatial patterns and processes of human activities at different scales
  3. Interpret maps, spatial data and geographic models for geographic inquiry
  4. Communicate geographic concepts, facts and ideas in a range of forms, including critical summaries, maps and reports.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online discussion forum
2 - Report
3 - 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
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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 10
1 - Online discussion forum
2 - Report
3 - Written Assessment