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GEOG389 Climate Change: The Past

Character and definition of the Quaternary period, dating methods, a review of proxy data sources, geomorphology and climate change, Quaternary environments of the Southern Hemisphere; laboratories as required.

Paper title Climate Change: The Past
Paper code GEOG389
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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GEOG 101 or EAOS 111 and 36 further GEOG or GEOL points
GEOG 283
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
The content of the paper assumes that students have undertaken at least one introductory course in Physical Geography, Earth Science, Ecology or Geology.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Sean Fitzsimons
Teaching Arrangements
Laboratory Programme 40%
Take-home tests 20%
Final examination (2 hours) 40%
Bradley, R.S. (2015) Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing climates of the Quaternary Elsevier.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Teamwork, communication skills.
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Learning Outcomes
Students completing this paper will gain:
  • The ability to 'read' landscapes: to understand how they have formed and how they change over time
  • Understanding of the relationships between tectonic and surface processes
  • Understanding of earth surface processes associated with hillslopes, rivers, coasts and glaciers
  • Knowledge of the strength and behaviour of rock, soil and water
  • Knowledge and understanding of the erosion, transportation and deposition processes
  • Knowledge of a range of techniques used in the investigation of earth surface processes and landforms

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Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system