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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 - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Unit 1:Natural Environments
How to prepare for next year?
• 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!
• 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• 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
• 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 includeForests
• 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• Distribution of natural environments at
• Fieldwork • Collect, sort, process and represent spatial
data• Identify and describe geographic
characteristics• Analyse and explain data
Area of study 2Changes 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:
• Deforestation • Logging • Fire• Climate change• Tourism• Urban expansion• Conservation (e.g. National parks)
• Types of changes to natural environments produced by natural processes and human activity
• 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.
• Process and represent data
• Describe and analyse data about changes to natural environments produced by the interaction between natural processes and human activity