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Geography Stage 1
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in May 2016 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2017.

Stage 1 | Subject outline | School assessment | Assessment Type 1: Geographical Skills and Applications

Assessment Type 1: Geographical Skills and Applications

Students produce at least two geographical skills and applications tasks for a 10-credit subject, and at least four for a 20-credit subject, to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts, and to examine geographical features, patterns, and processes.

These tasks may be multimodal, written, and/or oral in form. A written response should be a maximum of 800 words; an oral response should be a maximum of 5 minutes; a response in multimodal form should be of equivalent length.

Geographical skills and applications tasks could include, for example:

  • an oral presentation with visual representations about a case study of a megacity or a hazard
  • a biological-hazard mapping exercise using spatial technology
  • a written response to geographical data making recommendations about a global issue
  • a letter, report, or proposal about a local issue
  • an interactive presentation about urban planning, using multimedia technology
  • data collection and analysis relating to the local area
  • comparison of vulnerability of risk of hazards in different locations
  • land-use mapping of a rural or remote location
  • designing a map with a specific purpose, such as a tourism map or liveability map
  • a recommendation about how to respond to global waste issues.

For this assessment type, students provide evidence of their learning in relation to the following assessment design criteria:

  • knowledge and understanding
  • analysis and evaluation
  • application.