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GEOG289 Geomorphology

Sediment transport, sedimentology and geomorphology of rivers, evolution of river systems and river management; laboratories as required.

Paper title Geomorphology
Paper code GEOG289
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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GEOG 101
GEOG 395
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
The content of this paper assumes that students have undertaken at least one introductory paper in Physical Geography, Earth Science or Geology
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Sean Fitzsimons
Paper Structure
Part 1: Introduction
  • Introduction to the course
  • Earth System Science
  • Geomorphology of plate margins
  • The geomorphologist's tool box
Part 2: Processes - source to sink
  • Weathering
  • Hydrology for geomorphology
  • Mass movement I
  • Mass movement II
  • Fluvial processes I
  • Fluvial processes II
  • Coastal and submarine processes I
  • Coastal and submarine processes II
  • Glacier Dynamics I
  • Glacier Dynamics II
  • Glacial landforms
  • Volcanic processes and landforms
  • Lakes as environmental archives I
  • Lakes as environmental archives II
Part 3: Large-scale issues
  • Tectonic geomorphology
  • Geomorphology and climate
  • Large-scale landscape evolution
  • Geomorphology in Environmental Management
  • Review and examination preparation
Teaching Arrangements
24 lectures
8 laboratories

  • Laboratory programme 40%
  • Take-home tests 20%
  • Final exam 40%
Bierman and Montgomery (2013) Key Concepts in Geomorphology. W.H. Freeman. ISBN-10: 1429238607
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • 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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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 16-22
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 16-22
Wednesday 16:00-16:50 10, 22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 14:00-16:50 9-13, 16-22
P2 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 9-13, 16-22