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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 2: Fieldwork

Assessment Type 2: Fieldwork

Students undertake at least one fieldwork activity that is linked to a topic of study for a 10-credit subject, and at least two for a 20-credit subject. They use geographical skills to make observations, to record data in the field, and to identify, select, and analyse the field data. They produce multimodal, written, and/or oral evidence to communicate geographical information and findings, and make recommendations. Fieldwork data collection can be organised as a group or class activity or students can undertake individual fieldwork.

A written response should be a maximum of 1000 words; an oral response should be a maximum of 6 minutes; a response in multimodal form should be of equivalent length.

Fieldwork activities could include, for example:

  • the sphere of influence of location X (e.g. park, town, shopping centre)
  • how soil type and slope influence vegetation on a selected transect
  • the factors influencing which parts of the Coorong are used by the Ngarrindjerri people
  • an assessment of one or more of the management strategies employed in the Flinders Ranges National Park and their effectiveness
  • the impact of distance from the high tide mark on pH and vegetation of a selected sand dune system
  • the appropriateness of the range of parking available at a selected location
  • an evaluation of a proposed pedestrian crossing
  • an evaluation of the liveability of selected suburbs
  • an assessment of the impact of bushfire on the variety of species
  • a comparison of management strategies employed along various sections of the coastline.

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

  • analysis and evaluation
  • application.