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GES1004 - Techniques in Geography and Environmental Science

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Claudia Holgate


South Africa Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit aims to equip students with basic geographical techniques required to understand, interpret and synthsise information on the world around us. It deals with the understanding of spatial representation of data used in geography and the use of this data for understanding the socio-economic and biophysical environment. This includes the use of topographical mapping, Geographic information systems, remote sensing and aerial photography. It provides a foundation for advanced studies in geography by providing basic research methodology skills for both qualitative and quantitative research.


Upon satisfactory completion of this subject, students will be able to

  1. Understand and interpret information from topographical maps, aerial photographs and satellite images as well as acquire basic GIS skills.
  2. represent geographic phenomena on a two-dimension space
  3. Be able to synthesise and interpret relevant material and to communicate ideas to others in a coherent manner, by either written or verbal means.


Written (1000 words): 20%
2 hour examination (2000 words): 40%
Oral presentation (400 words): 10%
Practical and tutorial assessments (1100 words): 30%

Contact hours

One one-hour lecture and a three-hour tutorial/practical per week