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Earth surface behaviour is a primary interface between geology and society. Knowledge of that behaviour therefore informs societal behaviour and development. This course will provide students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be able to investigate and report on the sustainability of proposed site-specific land-uses in the context of future dynamic Earth surface system behaviours.
Changes in the surface of the Earth impact society’s existence on that surface. Thus, Earth surface behaviour is a primary interface between geology and society, and knowledge of that behaviour informs societal behaviour and development. This course will provide students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be able to investigate and report on the sustainability of proposed site-specific land-uses in the context of future dynamic Earth surface system behaviours. Specific topics studied will include the use of remote sensing data and simulation models to analyse and understand surface topography and changes; catchment water and sediment mass balances; field and laboratory experiences; Earth surface processes; application to hazard assessment for proposed societal assets; and report writing. Student learning will be largely self-motivated and experiential, with extensive use of exercises, case and field studies and reporting. Maori oral traditions and world view of landscape processes, and their modern legal frameworks, will be presented and discussed alongside relevant course topics and area-specific case studies.
Goal of the CourseSuccessful students in this course will acquire the ability to investigate and understand the ways in which a range of Earth surface systems, materials and processes interact to alter the land surface, and the consequences of such alterations for societal assets. Learning OutcomesStudents who have completed this course satisfactorily will be able to:1. Use a range of modern technologies to identify, describe, and quantify the properties and behaviours of Earth surface systems and subsystems. (NZQF level 6; “demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the ideas, principles, concepts, chief research methods and problem-solving techniques of a recognised major subject”)2. Infer future properties and behaviours of earth surface systems. (NZQF level 6; “demonstrate intellectual independence, critical thinking and analytic rigour”)3. Evaluate proposed uses of field sites in the context of Earth surface system processes and behaviour. (NZQF level 6; “demonstrate the skills needed to acquire, understand and assess information from a range of sources”)4. Communicate the results of evaluations and analyses through written reports to a scientific audience. (NZQF level 6; “demonstrate communication and collaborative skills”)Summary of the Course Content GEOL246 will provide a range of opportunities for students to develop specific attitudes, skills and knowledge through a variety of learning and educational experiences, including:1. Hands-on learning in understanding how land surface processes work; e.g. mechanics of landslides, soil erosion, river erosion and deposition , 2. Learning to understand how land surface features have developed, e.g. river terraces, hillslopes, alluvial fans3. Analysing, interpreting and mapping landforms both in the field and from remote sensing as the basis for land-use planning (e.g. for sustainable development and disaster risk reduction)4. Project work and presentations, both individually and in groups, involving information acquisition, analysis, synthesis and reporting.
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.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
GEOL111 and either GEOL113 or GEOL115. RP: GEOG109; 100-level statistics or maths
GEOG109; 100-level statistics or maths
TimetableLectures:One 1-hour lecture every weekTutorials:One 3-hour tutorial per week, excluding weeks that have laboratory meetings: schedule to be advisedLaboratories:One 3-hour lab per week, excluding weeks that have tutorial meetings: schedule to be advisedField trip:One 1-day field tripTimetable:Dates (week) - Lecture (1 hr) - Topic/Instructor - Learning (3 hrs) - Topic/Instructor17 July, 2017 (1) - Intro to Course: Earth surface system dynamics and society - [TD] - Earth surface materials (rock, soil, water, ice) and properties: GROUP LAB 24 July, 2017 (2) - Human understanding of Earth surface behaviour - [MH] - Material behaviour in response to applied forces: deformation, flow, fracture, friction and viscosity: GROUP LAB 7 August, 2017 (3) - Mass conservation; water, ice and sediment budgets - [TD] - Drivers of mass transfer: gravity and fluid flow.Responses to drivers: block sliding, channel flow, granular flow, glacier flow: GROUP LAB 14 August, 2017 (4) - Earth surface systems behaviour - case examples - [TD] - Stream behaviour in response to variations in water and sediment inputs (fan model) GROUP LAB - Report/essay 10% (INDIV) 21 August, 2017 (5) - Complex systems and behaviours - [TD/MH] - Complex system behaviour examples (GROUP TUT). 28 August, 2017 (6) - Earth surface processes - case examples - [TD] - Self-organising system: sand-pile experiments: GROUP LAB - Complex systems report 20% (INDIV) Mid-semester break 11 September, 2017 (7) - Google Earth/DEM analysis - [MH] - Kowhai valley - Remote sensing – Kowhai valley (COMP LAB/TUT) 16 or 17 September, 2017 - FIELD TRIP Kowhai Valley18 September, 2017 (8) - Field trip summary - [TD/MH] - Group presentations 10% - Kowhai valley landforms (GROUP)25 September, 2017 (9) - Landscape interpretation - case examples - [TD] - Origin of Kowhai valley landforms: (GROUP RES/TUT) - Kowhai valley processes 20% (INDIV) 2 October, 2017 (10) - Resolving Earth surface system conflicts – coastal - [MH] - Landscape interpretation TUT 9 October, 2017 (11) - Resolving Earth surface system conflicts - river - [TD] - Major Group project (TUT) 16 October, 2017 (12) - Synthesis; sustainable land use - [MH/TD] - Group presentations 10% - Major project report 30% (GROUP) - Major project 10% (GROUP)
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Assessment:Formal assessment in this course includes written reports and presentations.Individual reports:10% due 14 August20% due 28 August30% due 25 SeptemberGroup report and presentation 40% due 16 OctoberThere may be additional informal in-course assessmentExamination and Formal TestsNone
There are no required textbooks for this course. However, you will be required to read assigned material posted on-line and/or placed on-reserve in the central library as indicated by your course instructors.
Relationship to other coursesA pass in GEOL246 is required for entry into GEOL338 and GEOL354. GEOL246 is highly recommended for all BSc Geology students, and for students completing a BSc with an Environmental Science endorsement.PrerequisitesGEOL111 and GEOL113 or GEOL115 are prerequisites for all 200 level courses, including GEOL246.
GENERAL INFORMATIONMarks and GradesThe Department of Geological Sciences uses the following scale to convert marks into grades:100 – 90 A+ 75 – 79 B+ 60 – 64 C+89 – 85 A 70 – 74 B 55 – 59 C84 – 80 A- 65 – 69 B- 50 – 54 C- Below 50 D/EThe Department of Geological Sciences reserves the right to adjust this mark/grade conversion, when deemed necessary.Late WorkIt is the policy for this course that late work is not accepted. Or, late work should be accompanied with a detailed explanation of why the work is late. The work will be marked and marks will be subtracted for each day the work is late. Days late include week-end and holidays. Academic LiaisonAlex Nichols (room 321, HUalex.email@example.comUH, phone (03) 364 2987 ext 94410) is in charge of liaison with students in geology courses. Each year level will appoint a student representative(s) to the liaison committee at the start of the semester. Please feel free to talk to the Academic Liaison or the student rep about any problems or concerns that you might have.Students with DisabilitiesStudents with disabilities should speak with someone at Disability Resource Service. Their office is on Level 2 of the Puaka-James Hight Building (Central Library). Phone: +64 3 369 3334 or ext 93334, email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPolicy on Dishonest PracticePlagiarism, collusion, copying and ghost writing are unacceptable and dishonest practices.• Plagiarism is the presentation of any material (text, data, figures or drawings, on any medium including computer files) from any other source without clear and adequate acknowledgement of the source.• Collusion is the presentation of work performed in conjunction with another person or persons, but submitted as if it has been completed only by the names author(s). • Copying is the use of material (in any medium, including computer files) produced by another person(s) with or without their knowledge and approval.• Ghost writing is the use of another person(s) (with or without payment) to prepare all or part of an item submitted for assessment. In cases where dishonest practice is involved in tests or other work submitted for credit, the student will be referred to the University Proctor. The instructor may choose to not mark the work. Reconsideration of GradesStudents should, in the first instance, speak to the course co-ordinator about their marks. If they cannot reach an agreeable solution, students should then speak to the Head of the Geological Sciences Department. Students can appeal any decision made on their final grade. You can apply at the Registry to appeal the final grade within 4 weeks of the end of the semester. Be aware that there are time limits for each step of the appeals process. Special Considerations ApplicationsIf you feel that illness, injury, bereavement or other critical circumstances has prevented you from completing an item of assessment or affected your performance, you should complete a Special Considerations application form, available from the Registry or the Student Health and Counselling Service. This should be within five days of the due date for the required work or the date of the examination. In the case of illness or injury, medical consultation should normally have taken place shortly before or within 24 hours after the due date for the required work, or the date of the test or examination. For further details on Special Consideration applications, please refer to the Enrolment Handbook or visit http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/special-consideration.shtml. You have the right to appeal any decision made, including Special Considerations decisions. Missing of TestsIn rare cases a student will not be able to sit a test. In such cases, the student should consult with the course co-ordinator to the Head of the Department of Geological Sciences to arrange alternative procedures. This must be done well in advance of the set date for the test.
Domestic fee $865.00
International fee $3,788.00
* 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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