Module 1: Skills

The Geography curriculum includes a broad strand of “Geographical concepts and skills”. This is further divided into sub-strands of Place, space and interconnection and Data and information.

The specific elements to be achieved in each sub-strand increase in complexity from Levels 7 and 8 to Levels 9 and 10 as does the Geographical knowledge covered.

This module on Geography Skills addresses a range of elements in the Geographical data and information component of the Geography curriculum. It presents a description and explanation of various aspects of Geography skills. It provides suggestions for further reading to gain more information on the relevant skills.

Self-assessment tasks with suggested answers are included. Some of the tasks will require access to an atlas. Other tasks are based on the data provided in the module. You will also need a Login for the Jacaranda Plus Skillbuilders which you will receive when enrolling for this module.

The formal assessment task requires teachers to apply their knowledge about geographic skills in designing a learning and teaching plan.

Winner: 2019 Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) Award
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Skills course summary

1. Maps and map reading

2. Map reading – the location of places

3. Topographic maps

4. Graphic representation

5. Diagrams and more maps

6. Photographs and images

7. Planning a Geography unit

8. Formal assessment

Time required

This module has been designed to be completed over 8 to 10 weeks. Participants can choose to complete one component each week which will take between 2 and 3 hours to read and finish the tasks. The formal assessment will take about five hours to complete.

These suggested timings are a guide only and teachers can complete the module more quickly if they wish and have the time to do so.


Each weekly component includes self-assessment tasks. The formal assessment task at the end of the course will draw on the knowledge and skills gained throughout the module. This final task will be emailed to the GTAV for formal assessing.

A certificate of completion will be awarded on the successful completion of the formal assessment task.


For Proficient Teachers (Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania)

Completing this Skills Module will contribute 20 hours of registered professional learning Addressing 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.4 and 6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation.


For Proficient Teachers

Completing this Skills Module will contribute 20 hours of NESA Registered PD Addressing 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 2.3.2, 3.4.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


This module costs $250.

Note: All current GTAV members will receive a 20% rebate after each course has been purchased.