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GG3275   Geomorphology: Landscapes, Landforms and Earth Surface Processes

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 09:00 - 12:00 Thursday

This module considers some of the fundamental processes operating at the surface and near-surface of the Earth, and the outcome of these processes in terms of present-day landscapes and landforms. It is structured in terms of three components: (1) continents, oceans, mountains, rocks and relief (plate tectonics, volcanicity, orogenesis and the role of lithology in landscape evolution; (2) geomorphological processes (weathering, slope, fluvial and periglacial processes, and processes characteristic of arid landscapes); and (3) landscape evolution during the Quaternary Period (the past ~2.6 million years). Where appropriate, processes and landforms are exemplified and illustrated with case studies drawn from the landscape of Scotland.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass GG2011 and pass GG2012

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 hours of lectures (x8 weeks), 3 hours of presentations (x1 week), 1.5 days fieldwork.

Scheduled learning hours: 47

Guided independent study hours: 144

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 80% coursework (including presentation worth 10%), 1-hour Written Class Test = 20%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 20%
Practical examinations : 10%
Coursework: 70%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Professor C K Ballantyne
Module teaching staff: Prof C Ballantyne