Earth Processes

University of the Western Cape

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Earth Processes

  • Host University

    University of the Western Cape

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Natural Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Main Outcomes At the end of the module students will be able to:
    · Explain the main processes active in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and

    Main Content · The Earth?s atmosphere and radiation balance
    · The Earth?s global wind circulation
    · Atmospheric circulation and weather over South Africa
    · The hydrological cycle
    · Drainage basin characteristics
    · Surface and subsurface water
    · Fluvio-geomorphic processes and landforms
    · Weathering and mass wasting
    · Structural landforms and earthquakes

    Breakdown of Learning Time:
    Contact with lecturer / tutor: 56 hours, 3 3-hour lectures per week
    Assignments & tasks: 8 hours, 1 practical per week
    Practicals: 42 hours, 1 tutorial per week
    Assessments: 10 hours
    Self study: 34 hours

    Total Learning Time: 150 hours

    Method of Student Assessment Continuous and Final Assessment through assignments, class tests, practical
    exercises,practical tests, attendance records (50%) and a final theory examination (50%).

    Assessment Module type: CFA

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.