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1 HSC GEOGRAPHY Presenter Mr HSC GEOGRAPHY Presenter Mr. Steven Newman All Saints College St Mary’s Maitland (Senior School)
2 Important DocumentsThe SyllabusHSC Examination Paper Structure
3 1.0 Syllabus Key to successful HSC study is to KNOW your SYLLABUS. HSC questions come from there.
4 1.1 Important Syllabus Check List The Sacred “Dot Points”THREE UNITSEcosystems at RiskUrban PlacesPeople and Economic ActivityOutcomes? (2007 Ecosystem question)
5 1.1.1 Sacred “Dot Points”Dot Points should act as your Headings and Subheadings.Memory JoggersHSC questions (especially extended response questions) come from the dot points.They can act as a good summary guide.Mind Maps
6 1.1.2. Units: Ecosystems at Risk TWO PartsEcosystems and their managementCase Studies
7 Ecosystems and their Management General Information on Ecosystems and how they work (function)Important to be able to draw upon a variety of examples to support each dot point. Do not rely on TWO case studies here.
8 Ecosystem Case Studies Have TWO specific Case Studies.Markers comments from 2007:Defining an area as an ecosystem is inappropriate and students studying case studies such as islands or stretches of coast that contain several ecosystems should be specific about naming and differentiating between the collection of ecosystems.Identify and Define the type of Ecosystem you are studying e.g Coral Reefs, Coastal Sand DunesIdentify a specific example of one: e.g Great Barrier Reef, Stockton Bight Sand DunesBasic Geography of your case study RELATAIVE location and ABSOLUTE location. Be able to draw a quick MUD MAP.
9 Urban Places Three Clear Topics World Cities Mega Cities Urban Dynamics
10 World CitiesSpatial Distribution of these places; Predominantly located in the Developed WorldWorld Cities are best understood in terms of FLOWS.World Cities command and control the flow of money, ideas, people and culture in a Globalised world.This gives World Cities their distinct Characteristics:Money: Financial Centres (Flow of money) stock exchanges, HQs for Fortune 500 companies.In turn controlling the flow of money requires the infrastructure to be able to do this, Telecommunication nodes, Air travel hubs, transportation nodes.Culturally, people with money want to be where other people with money are. Hence the Cultural Authority
11 Mega Cities A definition based purely on population Size. Syllabus uses old United Nations Definition of 8 million or more inhabitants of a Metropolitan Area.New Definition used by UN and World Bank etc is “10 million”.You are safe to use both.Spatial Pattern: A Developing World PhenomenaCharacteristics: Can use challenges as Characteristics, but ensure you use the term “characteristics” in a response.Need to draw upon a few examples not just ONE case study. Remember the Bossy “s”.
12 Urban Dynamics This is in 3 Sections 9 urban Dynamics of Change Case Study of ONE Urban DynamicStudy of a Large City
13 9 Urban Dynamics Suburbanisation Exurbanisation Counterurbanisation DecentralistaionUrban DecayUrban RenewalUrban ConsolidationUrban VillageSpatial ExclusionCrucial to have examples of each.Focus on ONE for your Case study of a country town or suburb
14 ONE Case StudyEnsure you have studied ONE Urban Dynamic in ONE Suburb/Country Town.That is, NAME the Urban dynamic and NAME the suburb/townE.g.Urban Dynamic: URBAN RENEWALSuburb/ Town: Pyrmont
15 Large City Needs to be a city form the developed world Better off doing an Australian CitySydney is an obvious choice because of proximity and most have had contact with it.Ensure you understand the results of Urban DynamicsSCEGSocialCulturalEconomicGrowth
16 People and Economic Activity Two Parts to this unit:Economic ActivityEconomic EnterpriseDistinguish between the two
17 Economic Activity Define your Economic Activity Is an Activity that is occurring Globally- Tourism, Viticulture, AquacultureDefine your Economic ActivityGood little Acronym to remember the second dot point BEESPOTBiophysicalEcological (link to global warming)EconomicSociologicalPoliticalOrganisationalTechnological
18 Economic EnterpriseRefers to a specific example or Case Study of ONE business (enterprise) that is involved in the Economic Activity you studied.
19 2.0 HSC EXAM Know the Exam Structure 3 hour Exam 20 Multiple Choice (20 marks)Short Answer Questions (40 marks)2 Extended Response (40 marks)Combination of Skills and knowledge
20 2.1 Multiple Choice 35 minutes Skills Check listCalculating Skills (ratios)ScaleVertical Exaggeration (VE=x)Gradient (1:x)Percentage changeProportional CirclesVertical ExaggerationGradientDistance, speed, timePercentage change.BearingsInterpreting/reading SkillsTopographic mapsCartogramsChoropleth / Thematic MapsLine, Column, Bar ,Compound and Pie GraphsSemi-logarithmic graphstables,flow diagramsPhotos Types (Oblique, Aerial, Satellite)Orientate a photo to a map.DirectionConstructing SkillsCross SectionsVegetation TransectsProportional CirclesPrecis MapsChoropleth/ Thematic Maps
21 2.2 Short Answers You have 70 minutes Combination of Skills and Knowledge.Get straight into question. Answer question in first sentence and then support with detailed examples.You do not benefit by writing more than the lines provided. The skill here is to write succinctly!
22 Extended Responses 75 minutes Choice of TWO extended responses from Three questions (ONE question for each unit)Essay writingRead QuestionDetermine Dot pointBossy wordBossy SParagraphs (Body of Extended Response)ONE paragraph = ONE pointSentence BackParagraph StructureIdentify a trend, pattern or major pointExplain it using geographical conceptsWhat are the implicationsSignposts – key words that show you are answering the question.Try to use Stimulus BookletGet past the staple in 8 page bookletUse statistics and illustrative example throughout.BOS states 600 words is sufficient, I recommend that you use time as a better gauge.