Module Identifier GG22510  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Paul A Brewer  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite GG10610 ideally, but not essential.  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours 10 x 2 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Resit: Identical format to end of semester exam. Written exam - 2 essays out of choice of 4.100%

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will 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.


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.

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.


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.

Reading Lists

Morgan, R.P.C. (1979) Soil Erosion
Petts, G. and Foster, I. (1985) Rivers and Landscape Arnold
Selby, M.J. (1993) Hillslope Materials and Processes 2nd edition.
Brookes, A. (1988) Channelised Rivers: Perspectives for environmental management
Knighton, D. (1984) Fluvial Forms and Processes Arnold


This module is at CQFW Level 5