University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    GEOG 101

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

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

    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

    Course 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
    -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

    Bierman and Montgomery (2013) Key Concepts in Geomorphology. W.H. Freeman. ISBN-10: 1429238607

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