Module Identifier GG22510  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Neil Macdonald  
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 Written exam - 2 essays out of choice of 4.100%
Supplementary Exam2 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.

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 Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 5