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GEOS 1001: Earth, Environment and Society 作业代写

    FACULTY OF SCIENCE
    School of Geosciences
    GEOS 1001: Earth, Environment and Society
    Semester 1, 2013 | 6 Credit Points | Coordinator: Bill Pritchard
    1. INTRODUCTION
    GEOS 1001: Earth, Environment and Society 作业代写
    The objective of GEOS 1001 is to get you thinking about the big questions relating to
    the origins and current state of the planet. During the semester you will be introduced
    to knowledge, theories and debates about how the world’s physical and human
    systems operate.
    2. LEARNING OUTCOMES/ATTRIBUTES DEVELOPED
    GEOS 1001 provides an entry-level introduction to the two disciplines of Geography
    and Geology & Geophysics. On successful completion of this course students should
    be able to:
      Identify physical and social processes that have shape terrestrial, atmospheric
    and human population characteristics of planet Earth
      Manipulate spreadsheet data pertaining to weather and climate
      Analyse spatial data and create maps using Geographic Information Systems
      Undertake academic literature searches and to be aware of the conventions
    relating to academic literature
      Write a scientific report/ academic essay
      Appraise issues relating to contemporary environmental debates
    3. TEACHING STAFF AND CONTACT DETAILS
    Dr Jody Webster (Theme 1): 
    Room 440, Madsen Building (F09)
    Tel: 9036 6538
    Email: jody.webster@sydney.edu.au
    Student enquiry hours: Thursdays 11‐
    12:00 pm
    Prof Jonathan Aitchison (Theme 2):
    Room 352, Madsen Building (F09)
    Tel: 9351 3244
    Email:
    geoscience.headofschool@sydney.ed
    u.au 
    Assoc/Prof Dr Bill Pritchard (Theme 3):
    Room 450, Madsen Building (F09)
    Tel: 9351 3309
    Email: bill.pritchard@usydney.edu.au
    Dr Josephine Gillespie
    Room 429, Madsen Building (F09)
    Tel: 9351 7179
    Email:
    josephine.gillespie@usydney.edu.au
    Lead tutor: 
    Nathaniel Butterworth
    Room 414, Madsen Building (F09)
    geos.1001@sydney.edu.au 
    Students should consult the Blackboard site (see 5.3, below) for general information
    about the unit. To notify the teaching staff about issues such as special consideration,
    students should use the unit’s email address – geos.1001@sydney.edu.au
    4. ASSESSMENT TASKS
    GEOS 1001: Earth, Environment and Society 作业代写
    Task  % total mark  Due
    1. Long Reef Quiz  10  Week 5. To be undertaken in usual prac
    class
    2. Scientific Report / Essay  25  Two options.
    Option 1 is due Friday 12 April 5pm;
    Option 2 is due Friday 7 June 5pm
    3. In-class test  25  A compulsory test (45 minutes) will be
    held in the usual lecture time of 11am
    Wednesday 24 April.
    4. Global development and
    climate change presentations
    10  Week 12. To be undertaken in usual
    prac class
    5. Final exam  30  During exam period at end of semester
    Each task is assessed according to the general grading criteria below, in accordance with the
    University of Sydney Academic Board Resolutions on the Assessment and Examination of
    Coursework. In order to maintain the consistency and quality of assessment, the School of
    Geosciences applies a norm-referenced scaling approach. Further information on Learning
    and Teaching policy can be found at http://sydney.edu.au/science/teaching/index.shtml
    Unless mitigated by an approved Special Consideration (see 10.2, below), the following
    conditions constitute an automatic failure for the course:
      failure to maintain a satisfactory attendance record in pracs (see 5.2 below);
      failure to participate in the GIS project, submit and essay or report, or sit the final
    exam, without accepted explanation.
    Grade  % range
    High Distinction (HD)  85-100
    Distinction (D)  75-84
    Credit (C)  65-74
    Pass (P)  50-64
    Fail (F)  0-49
    Absent Fail (AF)  -
    Specific assessment details:
    Long Reef Quiz
    An online quiz will be held in prac classes during Week 5. Questions are based on the Long
    Reef field trip (see point 5.2 below) held on 23/24 March. Students must attend their usual prac
    class and arrive promptly. Any requests to attend a different prac class during this week must
    be made by email to geos.1001@sydney.edu.au at least one week beforehand.
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    Scientific Report/Essay
    Every student in GEOS 1001 is required to submit either the scientific data report (due Friday
    12 April @ 5pm) or the essay (due Friday 7 June @ 5pm). The scientific data report is tailored
    more towards students attracted to the physical science pathways from GEOS 1001. The
    essay is tailored to students more attracted by social science pathways from this unit.
    However, whichever option you choose, you will be required to participate in class activities
    relating to both. It is to be remembered that students absent from more than one practical
    class without approval may be penalized 2% from their final semester mark for every class
    missed. Failure to adequately participate in all classes will be regarded as equivalent to
    missing that week’s class.
    Note that you are only allowed to submit one of these options. This means that if you submit
    the Scientific Report but are not happy with your mark, you are not allowed to submit the essay
    in the hope of obtaining a higher mark. If any students do this, the mark that will be recorded is
    the lower of the two marks.
    Both the Scientific Report and Essay are to be submitted both in digital (online) and hard-copy
    (paper) form. The online submission checks your work using the turnitin (plagiarism checking)
    software. To submit the Scientific Report or Essay online, click on the relevant tab on the
    eLearning site and follow the prompts to upload your essay. There are individual tabs for each
    different prac class. Submit your report/essay through the tab that corresponds to your class.
    The turnitin software will be ‘invisible’ to students until one week before the relevant
    report/essay is due.
    The paper copy of the Report/Essay is to be submitted using the assignment boxes located
    outside the Geosciences office in the Madsen Building. Include a signed Academic Honesty
    statement with the Report/Essay. (See:  http://www.geosci.usyd.edu.au/undergrad/ug_acahon.shtml)
    Both the digital and paper copies need to be received by the due date and time, to ensure you
    are not penalized for lateness.
    Scientific Report Option
    GEOS 1001: Earth, Environment and Society 作业代写
    Using the results of your climate data Pracs in the weeks of 11 and 18 March, and the ideas
    discussed during lectures, write a scientific report on the drivers and trends of climate at the
    sites you analysed. Your specific goal is to develop an argument for the notion that climate
    change is either occurring or not. Think about how you can best use your data to support your
    arguments.
    Your report should be arranged as a scientific paper with a maximum length of 1,000 words
    (not including bibliography).
     Begin with an Introduction that introduces the reader to the material and includes a
    statement of your aims (a statement of what you are hoping to prove in your own words).
     Follow this with a Results section in which you present and describe your figures and
    tables. Do not provide any interpretation in the Results section (but there must be text as
    well as figures and/or tables).
     After the Results present a Discussion in which you analyze and interpret your major
    findings. This is the most important part of the assignment so spend time developing your
    arguments (remembering to keep within the word limit). Refer back to items presented in
    the Results but do not reproduce these items.
     Finally, end with a Conclusion in which you briefly summarize your study.
     Include a bibliography that clearly indicates your sources.
     Include a signed copy of the School of Geosciences plagiarism declaration.
    Essay Option
    Write an essay on the ways that the urban poor in developing countries access water for their
    day-to-day lives. Your essay should address: (i) whether and how these arrangements
    reinforce socio-economic marginalization and vulnerability, and (ii) the extent to which
    prospective climate change may affect these processes.
    Length: maximum 2,000 words (not including bibliography). Your essay must:
      You must cite the three readings discussed in the prac classes. (Douglas et al., 2008;
    Banks et al., 2011; McGranahan et al., 2007)
      Cite another five (at least) references.
      Include a bibliography that clearly indicates your sources.
    Your essay should:
      Be structured (using sub-headings if you choose) in such a way as to clearly indicate
    major sections (including, most obviously, an introduction and conclusion)
      Use paragraphs intelligently, so that individual paragraphs correspond to a clear point
    being made.
    Your essay may:
      Include other sources of information as appropriate, including material from blogs,
    websites, youtube videos etc. However, when using these sources, ensure that you
    appreciate their origins and legitimacy.
    The journal Environment & Urbanization (available online via the University of Sydney Library)
    is a good resource for articles relating to this topic. HABITAT is a United Nation agency
    responsible for urban issues. Its website is a good place for studies and news about urban
    environmental issues. http://www.unhabitat.org. United Nations Development Program (2006)
    Human Development Report – Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis,
    UNDP, New York. http://hdr.undp.org/en/reports/global/hdr2006/
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    In-class test (24 April)
    A 45 minute, multiple choice exam will be held in the first hour of the normal lecture timeslot of
    11am-1pm on Wednesday 24 April. Examined material will cover lectures from weeks 1-6.
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    Global development and climate change presentations
    Prac classes in week 12 are devoted to small group presentations. Students are required to
    give a 10 minute powerpoint presentation which reviews an article on global development and
    climate change. Further details will be provided in class.
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    Final exam
    The final exam will be held during the exam period after the end of 1 st semester classes. It will
    take the form of multiple choice questions. All material in lectures from weeks 7-13 and the
    GIS pracs (weeks 5-9) are covered by the exam.
    Many students like to travel during the mid-semester break. However, you should not make
    any travel plans until the exam timetable is released, which usually occurs in April-May. The
    School of Geosciences is not responsible for exam timetabling. Failure to attend the exam or a
    request to sit the exam at a later date because of pre-arranged travel plans is not acceptable,
    except in unforeseen circumstances [i.e., illnesss or misadventure] relevant to a claim of
    Special Consideration, see 10.2 below.
    5. STUDY COMMITMENT
    5.1: Lectures
    GEOS 1001: Earth, Environment and Society 作业代写
    It is expected that students attend lectures. The lecture program is built around the big
    questions of the future of life on planet Earth. Building on the strengths and interests of the
    lecturing staff, we examine a series of issues pertinent to these concerns.
    In the first module of the semester, Jody Webster investigates the system of global
    environmental change, specifically addressing short-term climate variability and human
    impacts on the natural environment.
    In the second module, Jonathan Aitchison presents Earth as an evolving and dynamic
    planet. He will investigate how the changes that take place, how they are recorded in the rock
    record, how they operate over different temporal scales, and assess their potential impact on
    environments - past, present and future.
    In the third module, Bill Pritchard focuses on human-induced challenges to Earth’s future. He
    critically analyses the relationships between people and their environments, with central
    consideration to debates on population change and resource use.
    In the fourth module, Josephine Gillespie addresses human responses to climate change,
    including the concepts of mitigation, and the rise of environmentalism.
    Reflecting the integrative character of the School of Geosciences, the lecturers in GEOS 1001
    come from the two disciplines of Geography and Geology & Geophysics. Material presented
    through the semester covers a range of themes and issues, with the goal to provide an over-
    arching perspective on the future of the planet.
    Core material in each lecture will be audio recorded and made available through eLearning.
    However, a portion of each lecture will involve interactive and/or the presentation of high level
    materials, which will not be recorded. The non-recorded material is examinable.
    5.2: Practical Classes
    Practical classes complement the lectures, and are compulsory. During most weeks of the
    semester there is a weekly, two-hour practical class. If you cannot attend a class for any
    reason you should contact your tutor and, if appropriate, submit a Special Consideration form
    available from the Student Centre (additional information provided in this Handbook). Students
    absent from more than one practical class without approval may be penalized 2% from their
    final semester mark for every class missed. Failure to do the compulsory readings in weeks 1,
    10 and 11 (prior to class) will be regarded as equivalent to missing that week’s class.
    In addition to the above, any student who fails to attend at least 50% of practical classes
    without reason (accepted by the School of Geosciences through email or Special
    Consideration correspondence) may be deemed to have not maintained a satisfactory level of
    attendance and therefore to receive an Absent Fail.
    5.3: Field Trip
    A Field Trip for GEOS 1001 (to Long Reef, a coastal rock platform on Sydney’s Northern
    beaches) will be held at the end of Week 3 of the semester (Saturday 23/ Sunday 24 March).
    More detailed information about the trip including sign up times is listed on the GEOS 1001
    eLearning site. You need to sign-up to one of these specific trip times. You should do this as
    soon as possible, as there is a ceiling of numbers in each trip. Note you are required to attend
    one of the sessions (~ 2 hrs). If for legitimate reasons you cannot attend the field trip, advise
    the lead tutor well ahead of time, and an assessment will be made as to whether your absence
    is justified and whether alternative assignment arrangements will be made.
    5.4: eLearning (Blackboard)
    An eLearning site (‘Blackboard’) will be used to support this course. Announcements, data,
    forms, handouts and lecture material will be accessible through the eLearning site. Any
    important announcements made in class will be posted to the site and, therefore, it is your
    responsibility to check it regularly.
    Please note that your UniKey login name and password will be printed on your initial
    confirmation of enrolment. If you have lost your password, either contact the ICT helpdesk at
    ict.helpdeskt@sydney.edu.au or take some photo ID to one of the ICT Computer Access Labs
    6. WEEKLY SCHEDULE
    Week  Lectures  Practicals/ Assignments
    Week 1
    THEME 1: THE EARTH’S CLIMATE SYSTEM:
    PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE (Lecturer: Jody
    Webster) 6 March: Introduction &
    Intersection of Earth, Environment and
    Society: why we care about Geosciences.
    No practical classes this week
    Week 2
    13 March: Atmospheric/ocean circulation
    & climate: don’t poke an angry beast! &
    Projected global impacts
    1. Pittock (2010) From academic science to political
    hot potato: climatic change, risk and policy
    relevance, Climatic Change, 100, pp. 201‐209
    2. Climate data spreadsheet exercise
    Week 3
    20 March: The GBR and climate change:
    the past, present and future of our
    national icon
    Climate data spreadsheet exercise (continued)
    Long Reef field trip on weekend of 23‐24 March
    Week 4   27 March: THEME 2: EVOLUTION OF THE
    PLANET (Lecturer: Jonathan Aitchison)
    Deep time
    No classes in lieu of previous weekend field trip and
    Good Friday
    Easter Recess: 29 March‐6 April incl.
    Week 5   10 April: How our planet works Long Reef quiz (10% of assessment);
    GIS – week 1 (background concepts in digital
    mapping; introduction to ARC)
    Week 6   17 April: How our planet effects us GIS – week 2 (introduction to the Lake Macquarie
    datasets)
    Week 7
    24 April: In‐class test (covering material
    introduced in lectures from weeks 1‐6).
    The test will be followed by a Guest lecture
    by John Hudson, Director of Sustainability,
    NSW Dept of Planning: “Climate change,
    issues for coastal planning in NSW and
    modelling potential impacts”
    No prac classes this week.
    Week 8   THEME 3: POPULATION, RESOURCES AND
    SUSTAINABILITY (Lecturer: Bill Pritchard)
    1 May: Environmental Change: key
    concepts – Adaptation 
    GEOS 1001: Earth, Environment and Society 作业代写
    GIS – week 3 (continuation of Lake Macquarie
    analysis)
    Week 9   8 May: Adaptation: Food security GIS – week 4 (continuation of Lake Macquarie
    analysis)
    Week 10  15 May: Population growth  1. Library skills prac
    2. Douglas, I., Alam, K., Maghenda, M., McDonnell,
    Y., Mclean, L. & Campbell, J. (2008) Unjust waters:
    climate change, flooding and the urban poor in
    Africa, Environment & Urbanization, 20, pp. 187‐
    205.
    Week 11  THEME 4: DEALING WITH CLIMATE
    CHANGE (Lead lecturer: Jo Gillespie)
    22 May: Mitigation – what do we do?
    1. Banks, N., Roy, M. & Hulme, D. (2011) Neglecting
    the urban poor in Bangladesh: research, policy
    and action in the context of climate change,
    Environment & Urbanization, 23, pp. 487‐502.
    2. McGranahan, G., Balk, D. & Anderson, D. (2007)
    The rising tide: assessing the risks of climate
    change and human settlements in low elevation
    coastal areas, Environment & Urbanization, 19,
    17‐37.
    Week 12  29 May: Climate Change as a ‘wicked’
    problem?
    Global development and climate change
    Presentations
    Week 13  5 June: The rise of environmentalism No prac classes this week
    7.  RESOURCES
    There is no prescribed text for GEOS1001. Rather, students are expected to read and
    critically assess a number of set readings during the course of the semester. All required
    reading, along with other basic information relevant to the course, will be made available
    through the University library.
    8.  ENROLMENT REQUIREMENTS
    There is no assumed knowledge for GEOS 1001.
    9.  LEARNING AND TEACHING POLICIES
    9.1 Plagiarism and Academic Honesty
    Plagiarism means the dishonest use of another’s material. It is serious misconduct to
    plagiarise. The University’s rules on plagiarism are outlined in the Academic Board Policy on
    Dishonesty and Plagiarism, available through the University’s online policy portal at
    http://fmweb01.ucc.usyd.edu.au/pol .
    The rules make a distinction between Negligent plagiarism (defined as: innocently, recklessly
    or carelessly presenting another person’s work as one’s own without acknowledgement of the
    source) and Dishonest plagiarism (defined as: knowingly presenting another person’s work
    as one’s own without acknowledgement of the source).
    In cases of negligent plagiarism, it is usually the case that students will be required to resubmit
    their work. In cases of dishonest plagiarism, the School of Geosciences reserves the right to
    impose the full degree of sanctions on students, which includes automatic failure for the unit of
    study.
    To avoid plagiarizing, you should always quote the source of material, or paraphrase it in your
    own words.
    Work submitted in GEOS1001 goes through “turnitin” software, which identifies if you have
    copied material from another source. This includes assignments submitted by students in
    previous years, and articles, books etc from the Internet.
    We recommend that you complete the plagiarism and academic honesty tutorial and obtain a
    ‘certificate of completion’ for plagiarism iResearch object from the Library at
    http://www.library.usyd.edu.au/elearning/learn/plagiarism/.
    10.  USEFUL CONTACTS AND RESOURCES
    10.1: Counselling, illness and misadventure
    For many, being an undergraduate student is a period of transition – leaving home, mixing with
    new groups of people, and coping with the very different routines and regimentations of
    University life. It is often a very difficult period.
    The University of Sydney Counselling Service (phone 8627 8433)
    (www.usyd.edu.au/stuserv/counselling/index.shtml) provides free and confidential support to
    students. Male and female registered psychologists are available who can provide counselling
    on a range of issues relating to life and study, including time management, motivation, stress,
    communicating with lecturers, depression, self-esteem, family issues, relationship difficulties,
    grief and bereavement, anxiety, traumatic experiences, social fears, sexuality concerns, eating
    disorders and problems with drugs and alcohol.
    The counseling service also holds regular Workshops on topics such as ‘Getting Organised’,
    ‘Managing Mood’, ‘Relaxation and Meditation’ and ‘Assertive Communication Skills’. See:
    http://www.sydney.edu.au/current_students/counselling/
    10.2: Special consideration
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    Students are entitled to claim ‘Special Consideration’ if genuine illness or misadventure
    impacts upon their academic performance (such as sit an inability to sit any of the in-class
    tests, hand in material on time, or if you miss two or more practical classes). All applications for
    Special Consideration in GEOS 1001 must be processed officially through both the Faculty of
    Science (regardless of the student’s particular faculty) and the School of Geosciences. The
    Faculty of Science official guidelines can be found at the Faculty website:
    http://www.sydney.edu.au/science/cstudent/ug/forms/special_cons.shtml
    Process to follow:
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    1.  Students obtain a Special Consideration Pack from the Faculty of Science website.
    This pack includes all instructions needed to fill out the documentation correctly.
    2.  The completed application must then be stamped by the Faculty of Science prior to its
    submission to the School of Geosciences. Students then bring the completed forms to
    Geosciences office for processing.
    3.  The GEOS 1901 staff will then make a determination.
    4.  The decision will be recorded on the student file in the Faculty of Science, who will
    then notify the student by email of the decision. Copies of all completed forms will be kept in-
    confidence by the School of Geosciences for future reference.
    10.3: Learning Centres
    The Learning Centre (http://sydney.edu.au/stuserv/learning_centre/index.shtml) offers a wide
    range of courses intended to develop the generic skills required for success at University, and
    was established to assist students achieve their academic potential. They also offer workshops
    for undergraduate students from non-English speaking backgrounds.
    10.4: Geosoc
    GEOSOC is the student society open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students, and
    provides support and information to students in the School. http://www.usydgeosoc.com/