Geography BSc/MA/MA(SocSci)

Geography 1: Living in a Changing World GEOG1001

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Level 1 Geography course introducing the nature of human geography, physical geography and environmental geography.


Lectures - 11.00 am Tuesday to Thursday; approximately fortnightly laboratories; approximately fortnightly tutorials.

Excluded Courses

GEOG1007 Geography 1 Half Course


A 90 minute exam at the end of each semester (30% each). Continuous assessment (40%) (includes 2 class essays and assessed labs including presentations)

Main Assessment In: December and April/May

Course Aims

To introduce students through lectures, tutorials and essay work to the nature of:
human geography: issues of development and underdevelopment; identity, connections and social relations;
physical geography: aspects of climatology, geomorphology, hydrology and biogeography, as interacting environmental elements in the past and present;
human and physical inter-relations: climate change, biodiversity, resources and sustainability;
key skills in geographical analysis through basic data collection, interpretation and presentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Subject specific learning outcomes
At the completion of the course students should be able to:
· explain the inter-relation of processes in physical and human geography that produce our changing world;
· describe key concepts (scale, connection, resources, systems and environment) and explain their importance in developing a geographical awareness;
· effectively employ new skills in geographical data collection and interpretation, and cartographic representation.

Transferable skill learning outcomes:
At the completion of the course students should have developed the following skills:
· oral presentation and teamwork skills;
· the ability to construct a written critical argument based on library-based research and conforming to academic conventions in terms of citations and referencing;
· numeracy, and the ability to handle quantitative data;
· the ability to work to deadlines.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits