Courses & Units

Catchment and Coastal Geomorphology KGA216



Catchment and coastal sediment systems change with erosion, landslides, river bank collapse, and coastal retreat with sea level rise, and this unit focuses on understanding processes and management. Vulnerability of different types of coastal systems to environmental change is explored, using international case studies where problems are already occurring, allowing you to understand effective adaptation. Field trips will visit real current situations, and you will learn field and laboratory techniques to assess, monitor and manage to sustain resilience. The context of longer-term environmental change, geomorphic thresholds and interactions with biodiversity is incorporated, including ecosystem-based adaptation.


Unit name Catchment and Coastal Geomorphology
Unit code KGA216
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Geography and Spatial Sciences

Joanna Ellison

Teaching staff

Melinda McHenry

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Explain process and change in geomorphology, in relation to problems of land and coast management

2. Assess the vulnerability of sedimentary landscapes to flooding, land instability, and sea level change

3. Explain the methodologies by which geomorphologists and other environmental scientists may measure, monitor and manage processes in the physical environment.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,783.00 050999

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Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures weekly, 3 fieldwork days and 3 x 3-hr practicals


3-hr exam (50%), 1500-word report (30%), 2 x 500-word reports (10% each)

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Bird, E. 2008. Coastal Geomorphology: an Introduction. Wiley.

Brierley, G and Fryris, K. 2005. Geomorphology and River Management. Blackwell.

Selby, M.J. 1993. Hillslope materials and processes. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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