Understanding Global Landforms

Subject GEOG20002 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures (all recorded on LectureCapture) and three hours of practical classes per week including and one day of fieldwork
Total Time Commitment:

Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures, one 3-hour practical class per week and one day of fieldwork Total Time Commitment: 170 hours

A single day field trip will occur on a weekend between weeks 4 and 7 of semester


Successful completion of one of the below:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2

or completion of 25 points of geography, environmental studies or earth sciences at first year; or an equivalent approved by the subject coordinator.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon
academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation
in the University's programs. This course requires all students to enrol in subjects where they
must actively and safely contribute to field excursions and laboratory activities. Students who
feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter
with the Subject Coordinator and Disability Liaison http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/
students email: disability-liaison@unimelb.edu.au


Assoc Prof David M. Kennedy



Subject Overview:

This subject outlines the development of geomorphology as a discipline, the different approaches used to study landforms and theory of landscape processes and evolution. Topics covered include the denudation system; weathering; hill slopes; fluvial processes and landforms; glacial processes and landforms; karst landscapes and processes; deserts and aeolian processes; the coastal system and processes; and landform change during the Quaternary. Emphasis is placed on understanding the geomorphological processes that shape these landscapes. Through lectures, practicals and field exercises students should develop skills in the use of a range of analytical techniques for investigating landform processes and change. Students should also develop an appreciation of the ways landforms and process can be incorporated into environmental management and land use planning.

Learning Outcomes:



Weekly practical class attendance- attendance of weekly practicals and submission of all tasks completed within these sessions (20%), an individual field report of 2000 words 35% (due in the second half of the semester) and a 2-hour examination 45% (in the examination period). It is a hurdle requirement that students submit the written assignment within the deadline, submit 80% of the laboratory work within deadlines, attend 80% of laboratories and attend the field trip to be eligible to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Fundamentals of Geomorphology, 3rd Edition (R J Huggett), Routledge 2011

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to evaluate and synthesise the literature relating to landforms and earth surface processes;

  • be able to write succinctly and accurately;

  • be able to conduct library based research;

  • be able to apply knowledge (about given examples) to new cases.


Students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), or a combined BSc course (except for the BA/BSc) receive science credit on the completion of this subject.

BSc students receive second year level credit for this subject.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Engineering Systems
Environmental Engineering Systems major
Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures major
Environmental Geography
Environmental Science major
Environments Discipline subjects
Integrated Geography
Integrated Geography
Physical Geography
Physical Geography
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED

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