Courses & Units

Rivers and Coasts KGA326

Hobart, Launceston


All teaching and field trips are on Fridays so that students from other campuses may attend with greater ease.

Available Hobart with permission of the unit coordinator.


Catchment and coastal sedimentary landscapes 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. Fieldtrips 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 Rivers and Coasts
Unit code KGA326
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

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


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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25 Credit Points in Interrmediate level units

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Teaching Pattern

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


2-hr exam (50%), 1500-word report (30%), practical/field assessment (20%)

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