Earth Surface Processes

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Earth Surface Processes

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Ecology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ENVE117 or GEOS117 or GEOS112

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Understanding how and why the Earth's surface looks and changes in the way it does is fundamental to effective environmental management. This unit examines earth surface processes from a catchment perspective: hill slopes and soils; rivers and floodplains. We draw on Australian and overseas examples from diverse environments to demonstrate how biophysical processes shape our landscape. Students gain practical, laboratory and field-based skills that help them interpret the landscape. These are taught in both on-campus sessions and weekend field trips. This unit builds on themes introduced in ENVE117 and GEOS112, and provides a sound conceptual background for students continuing in environmental sciences, environmental management and programs in ecology, biology, geology and archaeology.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.