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Geography & Environmental Studies - Department of Geography & Environmental Studies at Hobart

Geography and Environmental Studies are synthesising disciplines defined not so much by their subject matter as by the perspectives they adopt. Units are diverse, with some concentrating on the study of phenomena in the physical environment such as landforms, climate and vegetation and others focusing on the spatial behaviour of individuals and organisations. Most units consider the interaction of human beings with the physical environment and include specific consideration of the planning implications of research, in contexts that range from estimating the desirable characteristics of nature reserves to policies for housing and land-use in the inner city.What give Geography and Environmental Studies their integrity as disciplines are their concern for the interactions between people and environment and associated problem solving and planning implications. Geography is further unified in its concern for spatial patterns and processes.
The broad nature of Geography & Environmental Studies means that it can be combined usefully with units from a wide range of departments. Combinations will vary with the interests and intentions of the student. However, common combinations at first year level, for students primarily interested in the life and earth sciences, include units in zoology, plant science and geology. For students interested in urban and regional planning, units in administration, political science and sociology are appropriate. Other possible combinations are numerous. For example, students aiming to specialise in climatology or remote sensing are encouraged to develop a background in computer science, mathematics and physics.
First year units, which have no prerequisites, provide training in the basic elements of Geography & Environmental Studies. Science students must enrol in KGA100, while other students have the choice of KGA100 or KGA101.
In the second year, some choice of units is possible, and in the third year, there are many options and possible combinations of units.
Students enrolling in second and third year Geography & Environmental Studies must follow the rules laid down by their respective faculties. The number of units taken and their weight varies from faculty to faculty. Unit details should be noted carefully.
Some third year units are available to students who have not previously studied the subject. KGA365 and KGA381 are available to students who have completed other second year units approved by the Head of Department. Students with KPA200 may take KGA331, and students with KEA200 may take KGA329.
The Honours program in either Geography or Environmental Studies offers more advanced specialist units than those available at undergraduate level. The undergraduate and honours courses lead logically to postgraduate work in either Environmental Studies or Geography.

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KGA100 Geography and Environmental Studies 1

Introduces various approaches to the study of environmental processes and human relations with nature, including key spatial, developmental, and cultural dimensions of human adaptation of the Earth as habitat. The unit comprises four major components: (a) Society, Space and Development (semester 1) - which covers the basic concepts of human geography, while exploring the theme of development; (b) Ecosystem Processes (semesters 1 and 2) - which covers atmospheric, geomorphic, and biotic processes and considers their modification by people, especially in Australasia; (c) Environment and Society (semester 2) - which covers aspects of human interaction with the landscape, concepts of conservation and management, and the philosophy and politics of environment; and (d) Practical and Field Studies (semesters 1 and 2) - which provides training in the basic field and laboratory techniques used in physical geography.

Special Notes
teaching staff (Society, Space and Development) Dr LJ Wood; (Ecosystem Processes) Mr A Goede, Prof JB Kirkpatrick; (Environment and Society) Dr P Hay, Dr J Russell, Mr N Chick; (Practical and Field Studies) Dr R Kellaway, Ms L Mendel
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [25% (9 pts)]
teaching pattern full year - 3x1-hour lectures and a 2 or 3-hour practical period a week, a tutorial every 2 weeks (26 weeks) and 2 days of excursion (A levy of $20 is payable towards excursion costs)
prerequisites
corequisites
mutual exclusions KGA101, KGA103, KGA115
method of assessment 2-hour exam in June, 2x2-hour exams in Nov (20% ea), 2x1,500-word essays (15%), practical work including a project (25%)
required texts, etc
de Souza AR, World Economy: Resources, Location, Trade and Development, Merrill Publishing, Columbus, 1994.
Goudie A, The Nature of the Environment, 2nd edn, Blackwell, Oxford, 1989.

recommended reading Simmons IG, Changing the Face of the Earth, Blackwell, Oxford, 1990.
Simmons IG, Environmental History, Blackwell, Oxford, 1993.
Course: Bachelor of Science specimen course - Geological Sciences (S3G)
Bachelor of Science (S3G) - main schedule of units
Bachelor of Arts (R3A)




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KGA101 Geography and Environmental Studies 1A

Has the same broad objectives as KGA100, covering components (a), (b) and (c). While this unit leads to a full major in Geography and Environmental Studies, students intending to use their studies for any professional purpose are advised to enrol in KGA100.

Special Notes this unit is not available to BSc students

teaching staff (Society, Space and Development) Dr LJ Wood; (Ecosystem Processes) Mr A Goede, Prof JB Kirkpatrick; (Environment and Society) Dr P Hay, Dr J Russell and Mr N Chick
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [25%]
teaching pattern full Year - 3x1-hour lectures and a tutorial a week (26 weeks) and 2 days of excursion (A levy of $20.00 is payable towards excursion costs)
prerequisites
corequisites
mutual exclusions KGA100, KGA103, KGA115
method of assessment 2-hour exam in June, 2x2-hour exams in Nov (20% ea). 4x1,500-word essays (30%), tutorial exercises (10%)
required texts, etc
de Souza AR, World Economy: Resources, Location, Trade and Development, Merrill Publishing, Columbus, 1994.
Goudie A, The Nature of the Environment, 2nd edn, Blackwell, Oxford, 1989.

recommended reading Simmons IG, Changing the Face of the Earth, Blackwell, Oxford, 1990.
Simmons IG, Environmental History, Blackwell, Oxford, 1993.
Course: Bachelor of Arts (R3A)






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KGA103 Physical Geography 1

Is an introduction to the physical environment, covering atmospheric, geomorphic and biotic processes and their modification by people. The unit provides basic training in field and laboratory techniques used in physical geography.

Special Notes this unit available only to students enrolled in the Forest Ecology special degree

teaching staff Mr A Goede, Prof JB Kirkpatrick, Dr R Kellaway, Ms L Mendel
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [16.67% (6 pts)]
teaching pattern full year - 1-hour lecture a week (Ecosystems Processes) and a 2- or 3-hour laboratory period a week (26 weeks), 4 tutorials a year
prerequisites
corequisites
mutual exclusions KGA100, KGA101, KGA115
method of assessment 2-hour exam in Nov (40%), practical work including a project (50%), 2x1,500-word essays (10%)
required texts, etc
Goudie A, The Nature of the Environment, 2nd edn, Blackwell, Oxford, 1989.
recommended reading
Course: Bachelor of Science specimen course - Forest Ecology (S3G)
Bachelor of Science (S3G) - main schedule of units





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KGA115 The Global Environment 1

Has the same objectives and details as KGA103.

Special Notes the unit is available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Surveying degree

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KGA190 Soil Conservation (Landcare for Teachers)

Provides teachers with the skills and confidence to teach soil conservation and landcare. The unit is accessible to all teachers, including those with no prior scientific or agricultural background, and enables them to understand the problems surrounding soil conservation and landcare so that they can make the topic relevant and interesting to their pupils.

Special Notes this unit is restricted to students enrolled in EBA478

teaching staff Dr TC Stadler
campus & mode Hbt, int
unit weight [8.33%]
teaching pattern any sem - 35 hrs in total
prerequisites
corequisites
mutual exclusions
method of assessment 2,000 to 3,000-word essay (40%), curriculum unit or case study (60%)
required texts, etc
Campbell A,Lancare: Communities Shaping the Land and the Future, Allen & Unwin, NSW, 1994.
recommended reading
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