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Earth Processes & Landforms - ENV00003I

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jon Hill
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23 to Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module aims to arm the students with the necessary knowledge and investigative skills to make informed judgements on earth surface processes and landforms with particular focus on glacial and coastal environments. It will equip students with the theory and concepts related to geomorphology and allow the students to test their understanding through practical work in the field. The module also aims to engage students in topical, scientific research within the field of glacial, fluvial and coastal geomorphology through guided reading of peer-reviewed scientific papers. There are fieldtrips within this module but there are no charges associated with these.

Module learning outcomes

Successful students will develop:

  • An ability to critically evaluate the physical processes operating within glacial, fluvial, coastal and estuarine systems at a range of temppral and spatial scales and their classification
  • An ability to analyse the reasons for changes in these environments and to apply this knowledge to the present and future
  • An ability to effectively and fluently present original thoughts and concepts based on the relevant literature in written, oral and visual contexts
  • An ability to access relevant scientific information from a variety of different sources and extend the knowledge gained in the lectures through reading
  • An ability to comprehensively summarise relevant information and develop a sustained reasoned argument


Generic / Employability Skills:

The module provides fundamental knowledge of Physical Geography vital for environmental graduates to have an understanding. The fieldtrips will allow students to apply their knowledge, a skill vital for future employment.

Written skills are tested through the assessments and employers would specifically look for evidence that these were well-developed. The ability to read and summarise scientific papers is a particularly valuable skill for those continuing in academia as well as other professions.


Task Length % of module mark
Field report
N/A 40
Online Exam - 24 hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Earth Processes & Landforms Open Exam
8 hours 60

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam - 24 hrs (Centrally scheduled)
24 Hours Earth Processes & Landforms (Reassessment)
8 hours 100

Module feedback

Feedback on the coursework is provided as written comments on returned work and detailed class feedback in written form (disseminated via the VLE) giving generic information on good practice and improvement actions. Individual coursework is available for collection within 4 weeks of the hand in date.

Indicative reading

Benn D. and D.J. Evans. 2010. Glaciers and Glaciation (2nd edition). Hodder Education

Masselink, G. and Hughes, M. 2003 Introduction to coastal processes and geomorphology. Oxford University Press

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.