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GEOS2116: Earth Surface Processes

The surface of the planet on which you live is the product of a balance between tectonic forces and numerous agents of erosion. The landscapes in which you live and work, and from which you draw resources, are therefore the legacy of many processes operating synchronously over long time periods. It is also true that Earth's landscapes are dynamic, and constantly changing around you in response to climate, tectonics and patterns of life. The sustainable management of landscapes is strongly dependent upon an awareness of those processes and the ways that they constrain human-environment interactions. In Earth Surface Processes, you will learn how landscapes are produced, and what this means for contemporary land use. Lectures by experts in physical geography, geology, soil science and environmental science will introduce you to the planetary and regional-scale controls on landforms and landscape dynamics, and the nature and distribution of major Australian landscape types. Focussed around 'hands on' field and laboratory-based tasks, students will gain essential practical, analytical and interpretive skills in the analysis of landscapes and earth surface processes that shape them. This is a unit for anyone wanting to better understand the planet on which they live.

Code GEOS2116
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
GEOS2916 or GEOG2321

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. recognise the major planetary and regional-scale geological, tectonic and climatic controls on landform and landscape dynamics
  • LO2. demonstrate knowledge of common landscape types, how they are classified, and what processes control their distribution and form
  • LO3. recognise and explain the ways that geomorphic processes influence the management of contemporary landscapes
  • LO4. recognise and interpret stratigraphic facies in terms of the geomorphic processes that produce them
  • LO5. develop an understanding of geological time and the various approaches used to date earth materials
  • LO6. demonstrate competency in field and laboratory methods for acquiring data on landform processes
  • LO7. demonstrate a familiarity in the use and application of software tools for spatial analysis and modelling of earth surface processes and landscape types
  • LO8. develop and apply, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to a range of tasks in the classroom, the field, or the laboratory
  • LO9. communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences, using a range of media, complex scientific knowledge, ideas and concept
  • LO10. work safely, co-operatively, and ethically, in groups or as individuals.