Learning Outcomes

UFV Geography and the Environment has established the following general and specific Learning Outcomes for its programs:

Upon completion of a Bachelor’s Degree, with a major in Geography or Physical Geography, graduates will be able to:

#1: Knowing

  • Demonstrate cartographic literacy in the form of identifying place location, map interpretation, and map creation.
  • Demonstrate basic numeracy in terms of interpreting geographic data.
  • Demonstrate geographic literacy in foundational physical geographic processes (in climate, geologic change, and ecosystem development) and in human geography (e.g. introductory concepts in population, economic, social, urban, and political geography).
  • Demonstrate basic geodesic literacy.
  • Demonstrate basic computer literacy in the preparation of reports, use of GIS software, and completion of research.
  • Demonstrate a more advanced understanding of one or more areas in human and/or physical geography.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of geography as a discipline, including how human and physical geography intersects and builds on one another,

#2: Thinking

  • Address and practice the values associated with environmental and social sustainability.
  • Demonstrate integrity in the use of information.
  • Recognize, synthesize, and interpret multiple and alternative perspectives and sources of knowledge when investigating social, environmental, and scientific questions.
  • Utilize both inductive and deductive reasoning in approaching geographic study.
  • Think holistically about geographic systems and questions.
  • Reflect critically on the findings of one’s research, the processes utilize to obtain results, and the meanings and values associated with this research.
  • Apply geographic thought creativity and critically and to specific contexts and places.

#3: Investigating and Problem-Solving*

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and be able to apply the scientific method.
  • Conduct primary data collection, identify appropriate methodologies and the different techniques available for use in data collection, and assess the appropriateness and ethics of the use of these techniques.
  • Demonstrate basic abilities in sampling and measurement for Human and Physical Geography research.
  • Effectively use GPS for data collection, and practice other basic surveying techniques.
  • Conduct questionnaires and interview questions.
  • Keep an organized field journal.
  • Effectively utilize basic statistical methods and handle numerical data in investigating and presenting geographic problems.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use GIS as a tool for handling geographic data.

#4: Communicating

  • Effectively communicate in multiple written formats, including, but not limited to: essays, field and lab reports, annotations, literature reviews, research posters, on-line communications, and other media.
  • Prepare research posters, GIS-produced maps, and other visual outputs depicting geographic information, patterns, and ideas.
  • Confidently present in oral forms the results of one’s research.
  • Effectively communicate to both specialist and non-specialist audiences, in both oral and written form, geographic information and theories.

#5: Self-Directing and Collaborating

  • Work effectively with peers in field settings, including the collection of data, organization of field activities, and analysis of geographic questions.
  • Collaborate with peers to complete research assignments, projects, and other tasks.
  • Demonstrate independence in the completion of tasks, including individual research projects.
  • Demonstrate a desire to continue the lifelong learning process independently.

 

 

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