Unit 1 Rivers and Coasts1.1 RiversBy the end of this unit I will:        Know all of the stores and flows in the hydrologi...
Measures takenEffects (physical and human)Conflicts
Unit 2 Population and SettlementEach subsection will take approximately two teaching weeks (six lessons)This unit will als...
2.4 Changing land useBy the end of this unit I will:        Understand how retail provision changes over time        Know ...
Unit 3 Natural HazardsEach subsection will take two teaching weeks (six lessons)This unit WILL be assessed in your final e...
Know that severity of the effects of drought is dependent on where it occurs        Know the causes of drought        Know...
Unit 4 Economic developmentEach subsection will take two teaching weeks (six lessons)This unit WILL be assessed in your fi...
Know examples of the employment structure of a range of countries from LEDCs through to MEDCs        Know the difference b...
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Geography GCSE OCR B Unit Overview

  1. 1. Unit 1 Rivers and Coasts1.1 RiversBy the end of this unit I will: Know all of the stores and flows in the hydrological cycle Understand how water flows through the land to rivers in the drainage basin system Know the four main processes of weathering, erosion, transportation and deposition and how these are found in rivers Understand how features along the river are formedCase study:I know the name of a river valley and the landforms within it1.2 FloodingBy the end of this unit I will: Understand the different causes of flooding: physical and human Know how the effects of flooding can be different in different places with different characteristics Know how rivers can be managed to reduce the risk of flooding sustainably and that some strategies are more sustainable than othersCase studies: I know the causes and effects of river flooding in a MEDC I know the causes and effects of river flooding in a LEDC1.3 CoastsBy the end of this unit I will: Know the main processes found at the coastline: weathering, erosion, transport, and deposition Know that geology influences the types of landforms found at the coast Know how cliffs, headlands, caves, arches, stacks, beaches, and spits are formedCase study: I know about one area of coast and what landforms are found there1.4 Protecting the coastlineBy the end of this unit I will: Know why some areas of coastline are vulnerable to erosion Understand why coastlines need protection Know how coastal areas are managed using hard engineering techniques Understand how coastal areas can be managed in a sustainable wayCase study:I will know about an area of coastline that is managed, including: Reasons for protection
  2. 2. Measures takenEffects (physical and human)Conflicts
  3. 3. Unit 2 Population and SettlementEach subsection will take approximately two teaching weeks (six lessons)This unit will also include a Sustainability Decision Making Exercise (SDME) which willaccount for 25% of your final grade. It will be titled: ‘The age old saga – why does an olderpopulation pose challenges for us all?’The SDME will require class time for preparation and practice, plus time required to get to know the sources that areto be used during the exam.This unit will not be assessed in your final exam2.1 Population structureBy the end of this unit I will: Be able to define population structure Know what birth and death rates are Be able to explain the factors that affect birth and death rates Understand how birth rates and death rates change over time and be able to create a demographic transition model Be able to interpret a population pyramid Know what population pyramids can tell us about the needs of a population2.2 Population changeBy the end of this unit I will: Be able to define population change Know that birth rates and death rates affect population change Be able to explain why population change can lead to overpopulation Know what population policies are Be able to describe different types of population policy Be able to explain how a population policy can reduce population2.3 Migration and urbanisationBy the end of this unit I will: Know that push and pull factors influence migration Understand why people move from rural areas to live in cities Know ways that urbanisation can be managed Know what counterurbanisation isCase studies: I will know about the pattern of migration within a country I will know about the pattern of migration between countries I will know about the inward migration of workers into a country
  4. 4. 2.4 Changing land useBy the end of this unit I will: Understand how retail provision changes over time Know what ‘land use’ is Understand how and why land use is changing in cities Know what the problems and challenges in city areas are Know how a city development can be made more sustainable Understand the relationship between the provision of goods and services and the population size of settlementsCase study: I can name a city and describe the changes occurring within it
  5. 5. Unit 3 Natural HazardsEach subsection will take two teaching weeks (six lessons)This unit WILL be assessed in your final exam3.1 OverviewBy the end of this unit I will: Be able to define a natural hazard Know that different types of natural hazard have specific global distributions Know that the movement of tectonic plates cause earthquakes and volcanoes Know that climatic conditions lead to tropical storms and severe drought3.2 The causes and effects of volcanic eruptionBy the end of this unit I will: Know that volcanic eruptions can vary in intensity and type Know details about specific volcanoes in LEDCs and MEDCs Know that LEDCs are less well prepared for eruptions. They often rely on aid when they occur Know that MEDCs are well prepared for eruptions, but that damage can still be severe Know a variety of ways in which people can prepare for volcanic eruptions Know that eruptions have economic, social and environmental impacts Know what the short term impacts are Know that a long-term recovery programme is often necessaryCase studies: I know about a volcanic event in a LEDC I know about a volcanic event in a MEDC3.3 The causes and effects of earthquakesBy the end of this unit I will: Know that MEDCs are well prepared for earthquakes but that damage can still be severe Know a variety of ways in which people can prepare for earthquakes Know how countries respond of the immediate effects of an earthquake Know how important it is to plan a long-term recovery programme Know why people continue to live in areas prone to earthquakesCase studies: I know about an earthquake event in a MEDC I know about an earthquake event in a LEDC3.4 The causes and effects of droughtBy the end of this unit I will: Know that drought can be short-lived, but that it can also last for extended periods
  6. 6. Know that severity of the effects of drought is dependent on where it occurs Know the causes of drought Know that LEDCs struggle to cope with severe drought, but that some measures can be taken to reduce the impact Know that MEDCs are experiencing drought on a more regular basis, and they are beginning to introduce measures to reduce the effectsCase studies: I know about a drought in a LEDC I know about a drought in a MEDC
  7. 7. Unit 4 Economic developmentEach subsection will take two teaching weeks (six lessons)This unit WILL be assessed in your final exam4.1 What is development?By the end of this unit I will: Know and understand why GDP is used as a measure of development Know that GDP Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) is a more representative indicator of wealth Know that other factors (as well as GDP) should be considered when assessing development Know that HDI incorporates GDP along with life expectancy and educational attainment Know that the Brandt line is a useful starting point for considering levels of development Know that the concept of a north-south divide is outdated Know that countries move through different stages of development Know that there is a wide gap between the least developed countries and the most developed Case study I know about a specific development where conflicts exist between economic development and environmental damage4.2 How can development be affected by aid?By the end of this unit I will: Know that aid can take many forms Know that a range of different organisations offer aid Know that to be successful, aid projects must be sustainable Understand that economic costs, the impact on the environment and the impact on people are all important factors to consider when shaping sustainable aid projects Know that the most effective aid projects involve those receiving the aid in terms of planning and implementationCase StudyI know about a project in a LEDC: How the aid project addresses a specific problem. This might be a consequence of a disaster or as a part of a development programme The case study should include detail on which organisations are providing the aid and how the aid project is undertaken The case study should include detail on how sustainable the project will be.4.3 How employment is structured and what influences locationBy the end of this unit I will: Know a definition of each of the four broad sectors of industry Know that countries at different levels of development have different employment structures
  8. 8. Know examples of the employment structure of a range of countries from LEDCs through to MEDCs Know the difference between jobs in the formal and the informal sector Know that employment structures change over time Know that high technology has created a new sector of industry. This tends to be found in MEDCs Know that a range of factors influence the location of economic activity Know at least one example of each industry type and why it locates where it doesCase studies: I know about an industry in a LEDC I know about an industry in a MEDC4.4 What are multinationals and what impact do they have?By the end of this unit I will: Know that a multinational company is Know that part these companies play in globalisation Know selected examples of multinational companies Know areas of the world where MNCs locate outside of their home country Know a range of positive impacts that MNCs bring when they locate in a new country Know a range of negative impacts that result from MNCs locating in a new county Know that most Multinational companies have their home base and headquarters in MEDCsCase study Know about a MNC in an international context

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