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GEOG3888: Integrated Geographical Practice

Semester 2, 2020 [Block mode] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Global environmental challenges demand interdisciplinary thinking, and professional practice in interdisciplinary teams. Geography straddles thought and practice in both social and natural sciences, and is therefore inherently interdisciplinary. This unit will provide students with an opportunity to integrate the concepts and skills acquired during their Geography program. In teams, you will work with external partners on specific projects relevnt to them, and provide outcomes directly to those partners. Students will draw on concepts and skills drawn from their training in physical and human geography, and apply them in an integrated way. By completing this unit you will develop skills in contemporary geographical practice with 'real world' impact.

Unit details and rules

Unit code GEOG3888
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
GEOS2X21 and (GEOS2X11 or GEOS2X15 or GEOS2X16 or GEOS2X23)
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Jo Gillespie,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation group assignment Oral Presentation
15% Multiple weeks 15 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Online task Assignments
Summative tasks in class (online).
15% Multiple weeks Variable
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Project Report
Group report
Due date: 23 Nov 2020 at 17:00
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Essay
35% Week 06 2500 word (=/- 10% leeway excluding ref)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 02 Disciplinary Perspectives Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 03 Disciplinary Perspectives Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 04 Disciplinary Perspectives Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 05 Disciplinary Perspectives Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 06 Communication Seminar (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 07 Project Project (1 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 08 Project Project (1 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Project Project (1 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Project Project (1 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 Project Project (5 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 12 Project / Conclusion Project (5 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. recognise and understand the theoretical and conceptual basis of integrated geographical practice
  • LO2. apply geographic knowledge to solve problems in an interdisciplinary context
  • LO3. integrate knowledge, data and approaches from the natural and social sciences
  • LO4. collaborate with diverse groups and across cultural boundaries. Show integrity, confidence, personal resilience and the capacity to manage challenges, both individually and in teams
  • LO5. analyse data using appropriate information technology and digital skills
  • LO6. communicate complex knowledge, information and data effectively to a range of audiences.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

This unit is a new unit combining previous GEOS3333/3933 and GEOG3888. It is now the core unit for completion of the Geography major.

Work, health and safety

We are governed by the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 and Codes of Practice. Penalties for non-compliance have increased. Everyone has a responsibility for health and safety at work. The University’s Work Health and Safety policy explains the responsibilities and expectations of workers and others, and the procedures for managing WHS risks associated with University activities.


General Laboratory Safety Rules

  • No eating or drinking is allowed in any laboratory under any circumstances
  • A laboratory coat and closed-toe shoes are mandatory
  • Follow safety instructions in your manual and posted in laboratories
  • In case of fire, follow instructions posted outside the laboratory door
  • First aid kits, eye wash and fire extinguishers are located in or immediately outside each laboratory
  • As a precautionary measure, it is recommended that you have a current tetanus immunisation. This can be obtained from University Health Service:


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