Courses & Units

Rivers and Coasts KGA326


Coastlines and river catchments undergo processes of change, bringing complex management issues. Focus is on sedimentary environments of hill slopes, river channels, beaches and estuaries, including natural hazards such as flooding, landslides and coastal erosion. Vulnerability of different types of coastlines to sea-level rise is explored, using international case studies where serious problems are already occurring. Methods for rehabilitation of slope, river channel and coastal degradation and erosion are incorporated. Training is provided in field and laboratory techniques by which scientists may measure, monitor and manage processes in the physical environment that affect human society.


Unit name Rivers and Coasts
Unit code KGA326
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Associate Professor Joanna Ellison
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Assess changes in geomorphology, in relation to slope processes, river catchments, and the range of different coastal settings
  • Apply methods of rehabilitation for slope, river and coastal erosion
  • Assess the vulnerability of sedimentary landscapes to flooding, land instability, and sea level change
  • Apply the methodologies by which scientists may measure, monitor and manage processes in the physical environment that affect human society

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050999 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,922.00

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly lectures and online seminars (2 hours study), 3 fieldwork days or online equivalents, and 3 x 3 hour laboratory practicals or online equivalents

AssessmentField Trip Report (Coast or River) (15%)|Field Trip Report (Landslide) (15%)|Fieldtrip Report (River or Coast) (30%)|Open book examination (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


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

Bird, E., 2008. Coastal Geomorphology: an Introduction. 2nd Edition. Wiley, Chichester.

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