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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.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. The concepts taught in this course provide the conceptual basis for the course GEOG211: Environmental Processes: Research Practice. It is strongly recommended that you take GEOG211 as an accompanying course to GEOG201.
Learning outcomes: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;- Have gained some familiarity with 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.
2 x 1 hour lectures per week.4 x 2 hour labs (approximately 1 lab every 3 weeks).
Prerequisites: Any 30 points of 100-level Geography, or entry with approval of the Head of Department.Restrictions:GEOG201 prior to 2009.
Domestic fee $892.00
International fee $4,563.00
* 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.
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