Sediment transport, sedimentology and geomorphology of rivers, evolution of river systems and river management; a project and laboratories as required.
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- 54 GEOG points
- GEOG 289
- 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.
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- 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
Two lectures per week and eight 3-hour laboratories scheduled over the 13 weeks of semester.
- Bierman and Montgomery (2013) Key Concepts in Geomorphology. W.H. Freeman. ISBN-10: 1429238607
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will have:
- 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