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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 Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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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.
Teaching staff

Course Coordinator: Professor Sean Fitzsimons

Paper Structure

The paper consists of lectures, laboratories and fieldwork.

Lectures cover:

  • Introduction to geomorphology
  • Geomorphological processes
  • Tectonics, climate change and geomorphology

Laboratories cover:

  • Morphology and morphometry of river banks
  • Coastal processes
  • Particle size using sieves
  • Particle size analysis of fine sediments
  • Hardware modelling
  • Ground penetrating radar
  • Classification and analysis of river processes
  • River reach analysis and hydraulic geometry

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

Teaching Arrangements

Two 50-minute lectures per week

Eight 2:50-minute laboratories run in scheduled weeks 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
  • 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 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system