Course Description

Course Name


Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


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

*Course content subject to change