Courses & Units

Nature, People, Place KGA172

Hobart, Cradle Coast, Launceston


This unit is offered on campus in Hobart and via a mix of web-based and on-campus delivery in Launceston and Cradle Coast.


This foundation unit in Geography and Environmental Studies develops your
knowledge of the ways in which people turn space into place, how patterns of
landforms, soils, plants and animals form on the surface of the earth, and how
cultures, societies and economies manage, and are affected by, ecosystem processes.
Workshops, many of which are in the field, will provide you with tools to spatially
relate geographic phenomena, describe landforms, soils and vegetation, and undertake
value analyses of environmental and cultural issues. Local examples that have wider
application will be the focus of workshops. This unit is useful for a wide variety of
occupations and professions, as well as enhancing everyday existence. Students
wishing to do second and third year units in Geography and Environmental Studies
should also take KGA171 The Global Geography of Change.


Unit name Space, Place and Nature
Unit code KGA172
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Doctor David (Dave) Kendal
Teaching staff Doctor Andrew Harwood|Doctor Gregory (Greg) Unwin|Associate Professor Joanna Ellison|Doctor Melinda McHenry|Doctor Rebecca Harris
Available as an elective?
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Introductory


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate basic geographical knowledge of ecological and social systems
  • identify and analyse different value positions that shape human relationships with nature
  • apply geographical skills to collect ecological and social data, and use this to create basic maps and graphs
  • communicate critical thinking through literature-based research, visual presentation of geographic data, teamwork and practices of academic integrity
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050900 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,783.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
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Teaching Pattern

1 x 2-hr seminar per week, 1 x 2-hr workshop per week

AssessmentOnline Quizzes (15%)|Examination (40%)|Poster Presentation (30%)|Portfolio Tasks (15%)
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The textbook is: Dahlman, C.T. and Renwick, W.H. 2015. Introduction to Geography: People, Places & Environment, 6th edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River NJ. This textbook will not cover all lectures. Other readings available through the library electronic system or downloadable through MyLO will be listed in the lecture material in MyLO.

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