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GEOG1002 Dynamic Landscapes

Module Overview

To give the student a basic knowledge of the main geomorphological processes involved in the shaping of the landscape. Pre-requisite of GEOG3020 One of the pre-requisites for GEOG2032, GEOG2039, GEOG3004 and GEOG3057

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Utilise the concept of spatial variation to demonstrate knowledge and understanding
  • Conceptualise patterns and interactions at a range of spatial scales
  • Demonstrate command of the methods of geographical analysis and interpretation
  • Analyse and understand data in physical geography, using laboratory and computer techniques
  • analyse a range of different data, and to undertake basic map and numerical work
  • undertake specific tests of map work and numeracy
  • Analyse and problem solve
  • Abstract and synthesize information
  • Taking responsibility for their own learning


Over the last few decades, and particularly since the mid-1960s, the study of geomorphological processes has become increasingly important. Geomorphologists have wanted to understand how particular landforms and landscapes were created, and engineers and environmental managers have needed to understand geomorphological processes in order to better manage the environment. Most recently, geomorphologists have been concerned with how past and future environmental changes affect landforms and landscapes. Landforms and, at the larger scale, landscapes, are fashioned by many processes operating on different materials: they also reflect the history of processes operating over days to millions of years. The module provides an introduction to these geomorphological processes, focusing on aeolian, coastal, fluvial, glacial and periglacial environments, with the aim of understanding the nature and causes of changes in landform and landscape. The module will also address the topic of how life on earth helps to shape the physical landscape, and vice versa, with the most obvious example being the influence of human activity on our planet.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and assignments, alongside student-led reading and reflection

Independent Study116
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 60%
Poster Presentation 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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