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The course explores the fundamental principles and applications of knowledge related to the surface of the earth in the sub-disciplines of geomorphology, climatology and hydrology. Systems studied include landforms, glaciers, climate, and rivers. The main objective of the course is to explain the spatial and temporal characteristics, and the interaction between these systems in an interdisciplinary manner by drawing extensively from New Zealand examples.
The aim of this course is to investigate a range of physical environmental processes affecting the surface and the sub-surface of the Earth. It covers the fundamental scientific principles underpinning different branches of physical geography, namely geomorphology, climatology, and hydrology.The Earth’s surface is shaped by a complex interaction of physical processes that operate over different spatial and temporal scales. During this course, we will look at a range of different environments and processes, with a focus on rivers, estuaries, and coasts as case studies to apply key theories. We will look at the processes of erosion and deposition that occur as we follow the movement of sediment and water down mountains and hillslopes, through rivers and estuaries, and finally to meet the coast. We will also look at the role humans can play in impacting different landforms and processes, and how these impacts can be managed or predicted. A variety of real-world case studies will be used, drawing on examples from New Zealand and internationally.Although physical geography has been traditionally sliced into several sub-disciplines, the course also aims to discuss interactions and relationships between different spheres of physical geography. Key ideas learned in the course will be applied during labs and students will develop skills in a range of field and lab-based analytical techniques.
Upon successful completion of GEOG201, students should:Have gained an understanding of physical environmental processes affecting the Earth’s surface;Be able to understand the concepts that drive geomorphology, sediment movement through the landscape, climate, and hydrology over a range of scales;Recognise how physical and human processes interact to shape our environment; Have gained some familiarity with lab and field analysis techniques commonly used in these sub-disciplines.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Any 30 points of 100-level Geography, orentry with approval of the Head of Department
GEOG201 prior to 2009.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
2 x 1-hour lectures per week.4 x 2-hour labs throughout semester (approximately 1 lab every 2-3 weeks).
All texts provided during semester and freely available in the UC Library or online.
Prerequisites: Any 30 points of 100-level Geography, or entry with approval of the Head of Department.Restrictions:GEOG201 prior to 2009.
Domestic fee $942.00
International fee $4,988.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Earth and Environment