KE5001 - Integrated Landscapes: From Karsts to Coasts

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed to introduce you to the suite of processes operating on the surface of the Earth. Specifically, the module aims to:

1. Provide a detailed appraisal of the processes operating at the Earth’s surface.
2. Provide a clear understanding of the connectivity between the various process systems and the external atmospheric and ocean controls.
3. Develop a deep understanding of selected, widely used theoretical concepts in geomorphology.
4. Illustrate, through case study evidence, the effectiveness of geomorphic processes in shaping the landscape under various environmental conditions.
5. Examine the human impact on selected geomorphological processes and landforms.
6. Equip you with descriptive, interpretational and analytical skills required to interpret the environment.
7. Provide basic skills necessary for the study & description of landforms.
8. Provide training in safe laboratory procedures.
9. Familiarise you with skills, knowledge and understanding which can be transferred into subsequent dissertations / projects /employment.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered using a combination of lectures to deliver theory along with fieldwork and laboratory practicals where you will then apply theory, and seminars where you will discuss current topics in geomorphology. The lectures will present the state-of-the-art, which in many of the components taught is contested and will require in-class discussion and laboratory testing of the prevailing ideas. You will be aided by revision lectures at the end of each semester.

The guided independent study hours will be primarily follow-up reading directed by references given within lectures. Directed reading will also be linked to the laboratory practicals, fieldwork and seminars.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lectures will provide the theoretical background and the guided workshops and field trips allow close interactions with lecturers to support learning. This is in addition to the usual staff open door policy and email support. All learning materials will be made available through the eLP, including electronic reading lists, and detailed handouts will be provided associated for fieldtrip and workshop components. Formative feedback on laboratory and fieldtrip reports will enhance your learning.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO1: Discuss the key geomorphic processes operating at the Earth’s surface
• MLO2: Review, evaluate and apply theoretical concepts used in geomorphology

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO3: Perform and critically appraise a number of practical field and laboratory techniques
• MLO4: Describe and interpret landforms observed in the field

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO5: Work effectively, both independently and in groups, to address fundamental problems in geography.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment 1 – Written exam (50%)
You will be examined in January on topics covered in the first semester. The exam is designed to assess your ability to synthesize concepts discussed in lectures and practicals, and from the suggested reading list (MLO 1-3).

Assessment 2 – Group coastal management report (50%)
You will work in groups on a real-world coastal management scenario project. This is based on sites visited on the field trip, and will also involve using and analysing secondary data introduced in practicals and lectures. You will produce recommendations for future management of the coastal zone that you will present in a group report of 2000 words (MLO 3-5).

You will receive formative feedback during the field trip and in practical classes that will help ahead of the final report. You will have the opportunity for further feedback and to ask questions in a revision lecture prior to the exam and in a workshop prior to submitting the final assignment.





Module abstract

This module examines how surface processes interact over decades-centuries-to-millennia to create the landscapes in which we live. A source to sink approach is adopted exploring the ocean and atmospheric sources through to sinks via slope, river, karst and coastal processes. You will develop knowledge of the theoretical concepts widely used in geomorphology. Lectures outline processes and theory using case-study evidence, and attention is given to the practical implications of geomorphic and atmospheric processes. They draw upon examples from a range of locations, both in the UK and elsewhere and illustrate the specific landscapes that arise from the operation of these processes.

Course info

UCAS Code F800

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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