13GEO

Level 3 Geography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Whaea E. Cameron

Year 13 Geography

Geography brings together the social and natural sciences and graduates have skills in mapping, data analysis and research.

Geography students study with an holistic, applied approach that bridges social and natural sciences to make a constructive difference to the world. They develop skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods, analysing and synthesising information, planning and communication.

Human Geography students examine human behaviour and resources and issues such as globalisation, migration and urban development. Physical Geography students examine the earth’s surface and forces that shape it such as climates, landforms and plant and animal distributions.

Students can also focus on Geographic Information Systems Science (GIScience) which combines digital technology to manage large data sets. The science draws on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using computer mapping to collect, store, interpret and display spatial data and patterns or trends.

This program will be adapted to students interests.  It will be focused on the physical geography of a. Tongariro National Park or b. East Coasts. It will include coastal day trips and one longer trip.    

Course Overview

Term 1
91426 Demonstrate understanding of how interacting natural processes shape a New Zealand geographic environment 4 credits External

or

91427 Demonstrate understanding of how a cultural process shapes geographic environment(s) 4 credits External OR

Term 2
91430 Conduct geographic research with consultation 5 credits Internal
This is a student led assessment, where they select their own topic. It is recommended that they use their field trip to gather information for this assessment.


91431 Analyse aspects of a contemporary geographic issue 3 credits Internal
This is a student interest led assessment, in 2021 students have elected Housing in New Zealand, Masterton Town Hall as examples.

Term 3
91013 Global patterns. In 2021 we covered the Diamond trade, this will change in 2022. Subjects can be environmental or human geography and may cover topics such as climate change affects, sea level rise impacts, disease etc.

Subjects are likely to change, ie 2020 subjects changed significantly based on topics that are appropriate for the time and group. The environmental theme is coastal and may include up to two internals linked to the coastal environment.

Term 4
Revision and exams.

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 12 Geography, Y12 Social Studies,Y12 Sustainability, Y12 Biology, Y12 Physics or Year 12 Chemistry.

Pathway

Students with a focus on human geography may work as community liaison officers, volunteer coordinators, development officers, refugee support coordinators, advocates, immigration advisers, logistics coordinators, data or statistical analysts, emergency management officers or programme coordinators.

Physical geography students may work in these areas as well as in more scientific, technical or analytical roles such as environmental specialists, cartographers, supply chain analysts, compliance officers, land advisers, resource consent planners, transport analysts, urban planners or modelling or statistical analysts. Graduates who have studied Geographic Information Science and Systems may enter work in roles as GIS technicians or GIS analysts. Geography graduates may also enter these roles however relevant courses or specialist postgraduate study in GIScience is recommended.

Government ministries employ Geography graduates in policy, stakeholder relations, communications and research analyst or advisory roles. First roles for graduates with undergraduate degrees may be in administration or coordination before progressing to an adviser or senior adviser in a policy team.

Geography can be completed as part of a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. Many students study another subject to complement their Geography major such as social sciences like Development Studies, Māori Studies, Tourism Management or any other science subject such as Environmental Science, Statistics, Information Systems, Computer Science or Data Science to broaden their employment options.

Postgraduate study in Geography such as an Honours or Master’s degree is recommended for most intermediate to senior policy and research roles where specialised, in-depth analysis is important.

Geography graduates, who also study a second teachable subject and complete a secondary school teaching qualification, can work as secondary school geography teachers or do postgraduate study to enter primary or early childhood teaching.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 29 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 17 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91426 v2
NZQA Info
Geography 3.1 - Demonstrate understanding of how interacting natural processes shape a New Zealand geographic environment
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91427 v2
NZQA Info
Geography 3.2 - Demonstrate understanding of how a cultural process shapes geographic environment(s)
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91428 v2
NZQA Info
Geography 3.3 - Analyse a significant contemporary event from a geographic perspective
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91429 v2
NZQA Info
Geography 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of a given environment(s) through selection and application of geographic concepts and skills
4
4
4
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91430 v2
NZQA Info
Geography 3.5 - Conduct geographic research with consultation
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91431 v2
NZQA Info
Geography 3.6 - Analyse aspects of a contemporary geographic issue
3
3
3
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91432 v2
NZQA Info
Geography 3.7 - Analyse aspects of a geographic topic at a global scale
3
3
3
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91433 v2
NZQA Info
Geography 3.8 - Apply spatial analysis, with consultation, to solve a geographic problem
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: Y
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 29
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 29
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 21
Total Numeracy Credits: 8

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 29

Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.