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VCE Geography. Unit 1: Natural Environments. How to prepare for next year?. WELCOME! Organise yourself a folder that contains loose leaf paper, dividers and plastic pockets. Arrange a section in your folder for key terms

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Vce geography

VCE Geography

Unit 1:

Natural Environments


How to prepare for next year
How to prepare for next year?

WELCOME!

  • Organise yourself a folder that contains loose leaf paper, dividers and plastic pockets.

  • Arrange a section in your folder for key terms

  • Always bring equipment to class including : pen, highlighter, pencils, ruler, geography manual, tracing paper, text book and your folder.

  • If you are absent, email the teacher asking what was completed in the class missed, so you don’t fall behind!


Assessment
Assessment

  • To satisfy each outcome you will be required to complete a SAC (school assessed coursework) task.

  • If you fail a SAC, you have the opportunity to re-sit the task on Tuesday afternoon, in Senior school from 3:30-5:30pm

  • You have three attempts at passing SACs


There are 3 SAC’s for Unit 1

  • SAC 1 - Toolangi Field Report 40 %

  • SAC 2 – Forest Test 20%

  • SAC 3 – Volcanic Landforms Presentation 40%


Overview
Overview

  • This unit investigates the geographic characteristics of natural environments and the natural processes that shape and change the earths surface.

  • It investigates how the interactions between natural processes and human activities can also change natural environments.

  • The worlds physical environment is composed of four natural systems: atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere.

  • Human activities interact with natural processes, each affecting the other.

  • Students investigate at least two natural environments.


Area of study 1 characteristics of natural environments
Area of study 1.Characteristics of natural environments

  • This area of study focuses on natural environment at two different scales, comparing and contrasting their geographic characteristics, for e.g. Location, climate, soils, drainage, natural vegetation and topography.

  • It investigates natural processes, including extreme natural events, that create and change landforms, landscapes and environments.


Topics will include
Topics will include

Forests

  • Volcanoes


Key knowledge
Key Knowledge

  • The earths four natural systems

    • Biosphere, lithosphere, Hydrosphere, atmosphere

  • Landforms that make up landscapes

  • Natural processes and factors that create natural environments

  • Geographic characteristics of natural environments

  • Distributionof natural environments at different scales


  • Key skills
    Key Skills

    • Fieldwork

    • Collect, sort, process and represent spatial data

    • Identify and describe geographic characteristics

    • Analyse and explain data


    Area of study 2 changes in natural environments
    Area of study 2Changes in natural environments


    Changes in natural environments
    Changes In natural environments

    • This area of study focuses on the dynamic nature of natural environments and the contribution of the various agents of change such as weathering, erosion, transportation and deposition as well as human activity.

    • It explores the nature of change and the dimensions of change in different environments.


    Topics may include
    Topics may include:

    • Deforestation

    • Logging

    • Fire

    • Climate change

    • Tourism

    • Urban expansion

    • Conservation (e.g. National parks)


    Key knowledge1
    Key Knowledge

    • Types of changes to natural environments produced by natural processes and humanactivity

    • Nature, rate and scale of interactions between natural environments and human activity

    • The impact of change on natural environments and human activity

    • The importance of the interactions between natural processes and human activity in influencing changes to natural environments, including the management of change.


    Key skills1
    Key Skills

    • Fieldwork

    • Process and represent data

    • Describe and analyse data about changes to natural environments produced by the interaction between natural processes and human activity


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