GEPL311 Catchment to Coast

Updated: 24 October 2018
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 24cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GEPL211 or GEPL511
Notes None
Combined Units GEPL511 - Catchment to Coast
Coordinator(s) Michael Reid (mreid24@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit follows the movement of water from the atmosphere to the land and down to the ocean. It provides an introduction to hydrology and fluvial and coastal geomorphology. Topics include rainfall patterns and climatic change, catchment drainage, soil erosion, sediment transport, the natural variability and history of catchment and coastal systems and how human activities impact these systems in the context of their history and variability.

Recommended Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Coastal Geomorphology: An Introduction

ISBN: 9780470517307
Bird, E., John Wiley 2nd ed. 2008

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Geosystems: Physical Geography Global Edition plus Mastering Geography

ISBN: 9781488608018
Christopherson, R.W., Pearson 9th ed. 2014

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Land Degradation Processes in Australia

ISBN: 9780582870086
McTainsh, G.H. and Boughton, W.C., Pearson 1993

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Mini Essay 1 10% 500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1

Compulsory Mini Essay 2 10% 500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2

Compulsory Mini Essay 3 10% 500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 4

Compulsory Report 50% 3000
Assessment Notes

Report based on selected readings and field and desk-based research

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Report Framework 15% 1500
Assessment Notes

Detailed plan for research report

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Study site identification 5%
Assessment Notes

Identification and approval of a study site for the research report to ensure that sufficient and appropriate data are available

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO:1, 3 and 4


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of the processes and controls associated with the water cycle and particularly the movement of water on and through the surface and subsurface of the Earth;
  2. evaluate how these processes interact with and modify catchment landscapes including slopes, soils and watercourses;
  3. apply knowledge and judgement to address the management issues and challenges associated with catchment processes and landforms, modelling skills applicable in a career in this field; and
  4. analyse and interpret the natural variability and history of catchments and how human activities impact these systems in the context of this history and variability.