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GEOG398 Coastal Geomorphology

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Processes responsible for the development of coasts; how coastal landforms develop and change.

Paper title Coastal Geomorphology
Paper code GEOG398
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,004.75

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54 GEOG points
GEOG 298
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Teaching staff

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Wayne Stephenson

Paper Structure

Lectures cover topics on coastal processes and landforms and illustrate the role of coastal geomorphology in environmental and hazard management.

Laboratories are used to develop skills necessary to conduct measurement of processes and change in the coastal zone. Some laboratories take place at local beaches.

Assessment is 60% internal (on-going during the semester) and 40% external (final examination)

Teaching Arrangements

2 lectures per week and a series of 3 hour laboratory sessions scheduled over the 13 weeks of semester


Recommended: Davidson-Arnott, R., Bauer, B. and Houser, C., 2019. Introduction to coastal processes and geomorphology. 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper you should:
  • Acquire an understanding of the dynamism of the coastal zone
  • Understand how coastal processes operate
  • Acquire an understanding of how coastal landforms develop and change
  • Gain practical skills and knowledge to quantify processes and change in the coastal environment
  • Understand how Geomorphology can contribute to managing coastal environments

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Tuesday 10:00-12:50 29-33, 37-40
P2 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 29-33, 37-40
P3 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 29-33, 37-40
P4 Thursday 11:00-13:50 29-33, 37-40
P5 Thursday 14:00-16:50 29-33, 37-40
P6 Friday 14:00-16:50 29-33, 37-40