GEPL106 Earth Surface Systems

Updated: 18 February 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Michael Reid (
Unit Description

The aim of the unit is to introduce students to physical landscapes and the processes that shape them. We will examine the many processes that shape landscapes; learn how to read and interpret landscapes; understand how different materials and processes influence landscapes and the way landforms and processes can be incorporated into environmental understanding. Questions posed throughout the unit are: what are the key components of a landscape and what are the processes that act and interact to shape landscapes over a range of temporal and spatial scales.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of the key components of a landscape;
  2. examine the fundamental processes that shape the Earth's surface;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of how these processes influence a range of typical Australian landscapes with the ability to communicate this effectively to others;
  4. analyse the influence of processes and landscapes on human and other biological communities; and
  5. apply a range of specialist analytical techniques to investigate landforms and processes, modelling skills applicable in a professional career.