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GEOH11001 - Introduction to Human Geography

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


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 - 2019

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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 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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 21.43% 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: Feedback from unit survey
Assessment heavy
12 quizzes will reduce to 6.
Action Taken
The unit has been substantially revised. The number of online quizzes has been reduced from 12 to 6.
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
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
Unit learning Outcomes

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.

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 9
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)