Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Earth Surface Environments
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 22 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours     On-line exam.  100%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   On-line exam.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On succesful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of :-

  • the fundamental geomorphic processes such as erosion, transport and deposition.
  • the processes, landforms and management strategies associated with differing environments.
  • how landscape evolution can be reconstructed, and even predicted, from the observation of contemporary
  • processes and landforms.


To provide an insight into the nature of various earth surface environments.


This module provides a valuable introduction to the dynamic process systems operating upon the
Earth's surface. Particular attention is paid throughout to integrating an understanding of
contemporary process with an understanding of contemporary and ancient landforms. A range of
global environments is examined, illustrating their landform assemblages, the process systems
operating in them and the problems encountered when attempting to manage them. The following
lecture outline will be followed during this module:


Lectures 1-2: Global Perspectives

Lectures 3-8: Fluvial environments

Lectures 9-14: : Glacial environments

Lectures 15-20: Arid environments


This module is at CQFW Level 4