ENVS10006 Mapping Environments

Recommended? Yes

Available as breadth? Yes

This course is an introduction to all things to do with maps: history of maps, different kinds of maps, how to make maps and take measurements, how to interpret maps, what makes a good map, modern mapping technologies, and much more. It serves as a stepping stone to many more physical environmental majors but is also a useful and holistic subject. The lecturer, Cliff Ogleby, is absolutely brilliant. He is the stand-out lecturer from first year. He’s really passionate, enthusiastic, and soft-hearted.

Kenny Tan, the senior tutor, runs most of the prac classes. He is a lovable character, quite keen and pretty funny.

In the pracs you have to form groups of four people to work with for the entire semester – all assessment is group-based (except the online test at the end of semester). Basically, in the prac classes, you just work on your group assignments – one week you gather data for the project, the next week you write up the report. You don’t necessarily have to do homework for this subject, but if you want top marks, you should be prepared to pitch in outside class time and write detailed chunks of Discussions etc. for the reports. There is also no exam but there