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GEOG395 Geomorphology

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

Paper title Geomorphology
Paper code GEOG395
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,858.95

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Prerequisite
54 GEOG points
Restriction
GEOG 289
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Eligibility
The content of this paper assumes that students have undertaken at least one introductory paper in Physical Geography, Earth Science or Geology.
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Professor Sean Fitzsimons

Paper Structure

The course is divided into three sections that deal with different aspects of geomorphology.

PART 1: An introduction to geomorphology that includes a review of the integrated nature of earth system science, the geological background necessary for understanding earth surface processes and a review of the core techniques used by geomorphologists.

PART 2: A review of key earth surface process regimes including weathering, slope stability, fluvial processes and landforms, erosion and deposition on the coast and glacial processes and landforms.

PART 3: An examination of large scale issues in landscape development including how active tectonic processes create landscapes, how climate change drives landscape change and the application of understanding of geomorphology to environmental management issues.

Assessment consists of a laboratory programme 45%, three take-home tests worth 15% together and an external examination worth 40%.

Students taking GEOG 395 will also be expected to complete an independent research assignment as part of the programme of laboratory exercises.

Teaching Arrangements

2 lectures per week and 8 x 3 hour laboratories scheduled over the 13 weeks of semester

Textbooks
Bierman and Montgomery (2013) Key Concepts in Geomorphology. W.H. Freeman. ISBN-10: 1429238607
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 19-22
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-12, 18-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 14:00-16:50 9-13, 19-22
P2 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 9-12, 18-22

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

Paper title Geomorphology
Paper code GEOG395
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2021 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
54 GEOG points
Restriction
GEOG 289
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Eligibility
The content of this paper assumes that students have undertaken at least one introductory paper in Physical Geography, Earth Science or Geology.
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Professor Sean Fitzsimons

Paper Structure

The course is divided into three sections that deal with different aspects of geomorphology.

PART 1: An introduction to geomorphology that includes a review of the integrated nature of earth system science, the geological background necessary for understanding earth surface processes and a review of the core techniques used by geomorphologists.

PART 2: A review of key earth surface process regimes including weathering, slope stability, fluvial processes and landforms, erosion and deposition on the coast and glacial processes and landforms.

PART 3: An examination of large scale issues in landscape development including how active tectonic processes create landscapes, how climate change drives landscape change and the application of understanding of geomorphology to environmental management issues.

Assessment consists of a laboratory programme 45%, three take-home tests worth 15% together and an external examination worth 40%.

Students taking GEOG 395 will also be expected to complete an independent research assignment as part of the programme of laboratory exercises.

Teaching Arrangements

2 lectures per week and 8 x 3 hour laboratories scheduled over the 13 weeks of semester

Textbooks
Bierman and Montgomery (2013) Key Concepts in Geomorphology. W.H. Freeman. ISBN-10: 1429238607
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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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Timetable

Not offered in 2021

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard