units

AZA1308

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Marshall Mdoka

Synopsis

This unit deals with the basic understanding of the landscape, vegetation and climate characteristics of the world as a foundation for more advanced study in geography and related disciplines. It explains patterns of landforms, soil, biota and climate throughout the earth's surface.

Outcomes

Upon satisfactory completion of the unit, students will be:

  1. Able to understand the major ideas concerning the evolution of the earth's landscape, its biota and climate patterns.
  2. Able to understand the present day distribution of the world's climate, biota, soils and landscapes with special emphasis on the African environment.
  3. Able to synthesise and interpret relevant material and to communicate ideas to others in a coherent manner, by either written or verbal means.
  4. Familiar and proficient with some simple techniques for analysing basic geographic and physical environmental information. Eg. Air photo interpretation, Satellite Remote sensing, map interpretation ,GIS and basic statistical techniques.
  5. Able to undertake an independent field study of the natural environment and understand the problems associated with making field measurements of natural phenomena.

Assessment

Class work (tutorials and practical exercises): 10%
Essay: 20%
Test: 20%
Examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hours lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prohibitions

ATS1308