Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Mutually Exclusive
GG10610/DA10610 ideally, but not essential.
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 Hours. 10 x 2 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   written exam - 2 essays to be answered from a choice of 4.  100%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Resit: Identical format to end of semester exam.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate the connectivity between the various process systems operating within the drainage basin.

2. Illustrate the effectiveness of geomorphological processes, through case study evidence, in shaping the landscape under various environmental conditions.


The aim of this module is to provide a detailed appraisal of the processes operating within the contemporary drainage basin, both in the slope domain and in the channel domain.


This module examines the process regimes operating within the contemporary drainage basin. Initial consideration is given to the slope domain, where mass movement processes and channel initiation processes are important. The remainder of the course focuses upon processes operating within the channel domain. In each lecture, process theory is amplified by case study evidence, and particular attention is paid to the management implications of naturally occurring geomorphic processes. The following lecture topics will be covered during this module.

  • Principles of geomorphology, activity regimes and thresholds
  • Slope failure
  • Streamhead processes
  • Channel processes: water and sediment
  • Hydraulic geometry
  • River bed and bank erosion
  • Channel planform and rates of change
  • Channel management
  • Exam issues
Throughout the module, themes introduced during the first year Earth Surface Processes module will be amplified: process landform associations, process response, equilibrium and thresholds. Particular emphasis is also paid to the connectivity between the various process systems operating within the drainage basin.

Reading List

Brookes, A. (1988) Channelised Rivers: Perspectives for environmental management Primo search Downs, P.W. and Gregory, K.J. (2004) River Channel Management Arnold Primo search Knighton, D. (1998) Fluvial Forms and Processes Arnold Primo search Petts, G. and Foster, I. (1985) Rivers and Landscape Arnold Primo search Robert, A. (2003) River Processes Arnold Primo search Selby, M.J. (1993) Hillslope Materials and Processes 2nd edition Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5