GEOG211-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Environmental Processes: Research Practice

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This course provides a field and practical based approach to investigating at least one major earth process from an integrated perspective. It is centred on a residential field trip to the Cass Basin Arthurs Pass. The learning is project oriented and includes the development of a project from the initial idea, through the development of the skills and techniques required to conduct the fieldwork and produce the written project report. Assessment is based on a combination of assessed practicals and the field work research project report.

It is highly recommended that this course be taken in conjunction with GEOG201. GEOG201 broadens the nature of this course by developing the theory behind field techniques taught in GEOG211.

Learning Outcomes

  • Familiarity with, and competence in, a range of field techniques used in the solution of field research problems in physical geography, including surveying, river discharge measurement, measurement of sediment properties and measurement of climatological data
  • Familiarity with, and basic competency in, the use of spreadsheet and related software for data analysis, including introductory statistical work, bivariate analysis, and time series analysis
  • Ability to conduct a physical geography field research project, to analyse data collected during the research, and to communicate it effectively in the form of a presentation and a written research report.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      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.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 30 points of 100 level geography, or
entry with the approval of the Head of Department.


GEOG201 prior to 2009


Timetable Note

In 2020, the field trip to Cass will be held 6 - 9 April (inclusive).

Course Coordinator

Peyman Zawar-Reza


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Field Notebook and Field Participation 20%
Class Presentation 20%
Online Lab Quizz 10%
Final Report 50%


GEOG211 field trips will take place between 12-15 and 15-18 April

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $867.00

International fee $4,250.00

* 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.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 42

For further information see School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page .

All GEOG211 Occurrences

  • GEOG211-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020