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GEOS2916: Earth Surface Processes (Advanced)

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 the Advanced mode of 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. The Advanced mode of Earth Surface Processes challenges you to create new knowledge, and provides a higher level of academic rigour. You will take part in a series of small-group practical exercises that will develop your skills in research design and execution, and will provide you with a greater depth of understanding in core aspects of geomorphology. The Advanced mode will culminate in a research-focussed Advanced Assignment. This is a unit for anyone wanting to better understand the planet on which they live, and who may wish to develop higher-level analytical and research skills in geomorphology and landscape analysis.

Code GEOS2916
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Annual average mark of at least 70
GEOS2116 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 breadth of 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 high levels of competency in field and laboratory methods for acquiring data on landform processes
  • LO7. demonstrate high levels of competency 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.