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 Course Outline GEO2

                                                                                                               2017 Level 2 Year Planner  

Students enrolled in Level 2 Geography (GEO2) will use MyPortfolio for online learning, resources and assessment tasks.

PLEASE NOTE for 2017 students at Level 2 and Level 3 Geography will have the opportunity to travel to Samoa to undertake research for 5 credits (providing both Literacy and Numeracy). The estimated cost is $2,000 based on 2016 costings, opportunities for funding raising will be available.

2017 Course Outline is:



Assessment Standard Title




All Year


Apply geography concepts and skills too demonstrate understanding of a given environment






(** R & W)









2 / 3











 Note: Achievement Standards with two stars (**) contributes to BOTH UE Reading & Writing literacy requirements.
 Note: Achievement Standards with only 1 start (*) ONLY contributes to UE Reading literacy requirements. 
 Note: This standard offers both Numeracy & Literacy at Level 2

What should I have already achieved?


You should have a developing knowledge of geography. 
What will I learn?

Our learning takes place within and outside the classroom as we explore and investigate contemporary           issues and topics that shape how people view and interact both socially and economically with their                 environment. 

You will use and apply geographic concepts and geographic terminology to both internal and external               assessments to show insight and understanding of the topics studied throughout the year.

Topics we will research and study in 2017 may include:  the investigation of different perspectives                     /viewpoints for allowing 1080 in the Hunau Ranges; understanding the global pattern and impact of HIV around the world today and undertake field research into fluvial river processes in the Hunau Ranges and/or Samoa during the July term break.  The two external exams focus on applying geography concepts and skills to demonstrate your understanding of a given environment as well as demonstrating your understanding of natural processes occurring in a large natural environment. Both externals draw on the internal assessments completed during the year along with specific case study knowledge also undertaken by you.

Learning will take place both within the class room and beyond with the potential of 2 field trips taking our learning beyond the classroom.  It is expected that you will participate in field trips which support the                 assessment learning's.

Guest Speakers invited will also attend class sessions to support your learning. 

How will this course be assessed?

This course will be assessed using a combination of 3 internal assessments completed during the year             and 2 external assessments. Assessments will require you to demonstrate your understanding of                     geographic concepts in relation to case studies using graphs, maps, diagrams and written paragraph               answers. 

This course offers 19 credits. 

It is expected that ALL students complete ALL assessments on-time and to their highest abilities.
Will there be any FAO?  (Further Assessment Opportunities)
Are there any Pre-requisites? Yes, for Level 2 they are:
Achievement of 11 credits in Level 1 Geography.


12 Credits or more in Level 1 NCEA English.  

Geography requires a high level of English writing and reading skills.

What does Geography lead too?  

Geography can be taken at University as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) course.             Geography supports people into the following professions - environment law, civil engineering,                         geologists, policy makers in central and local government, forestry and urban design are just some                   examples.  

What are the 2017 Course Costs?

Geography Booklets $50.00 (paid directly to OSC Finance at start of Term 1).  

Student Workbook Required: Geography Skills for NCEA Level Two, Justin Peat. 2nd Edition. Can be purchase from OfficeMax

Equipment used in Geography (internal / externals) is a-  2B8 Book, Black Plastic Folder - 100-60 pockets, 16MG USB Memory Stick, Colouring Pencils, 180 degree Protractor; 30cm Ruler, Easer, Pens for writing as identified in your Stationary List.

Field Trips for 2017 will comprise of ONE field trip only.

Field Trip Two(a): Samoa 7th to 14th July 2017. This field trip supports two assessments the External Exam (4 Credits) and Geographic Field Research (5 Credits).  Students will undertake research on a chosen topic e.g. Tsunami Recovery Processes/Education; Coastal Management; Bio-geographical (vegetation); Development of eco-tourism are some examples.  


 Field Trip Two (b): (estimate only) $30-$100.00 per student. Proposed Location is Auckland East Coast - Hunua Ranges.   This field trip supports two assessments the External Exam (4 Credits) and                           Geographic Field Research (5 Credits).  Please note that the cost subject to class numbers, bus rates. It may be necessary for students to arrange own travel to and from the field investigation. 

Study Guides for Level 2 Geography by Jean McCann - available in bookshops and/or 2 copies                   available in the school library.