Geomorphology (159806)

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Course description

Preparing students for understanding the geological structure, relief, and the dynamics of the Earth. Students should be able to identify and describe different types of landforms and geomorphic processes that led to their creation. Knowledge of basic terminology and methods of geomorphic geomorphological research. Obtained knowledge will enable an objective evaluation of relief and connecting with other natural components.

Type of course

ECTS: 6.00

E-learning: L1

Teaching hours: 60
Lectures: 35
Laboratory exercises: 12
Seminar: 5
Field exercises: 8

Grading

Sufficient (2): 60-69 %
Good (3): 70-79 %
Very good (4): 80-89 %
Excellent (5): >90%

General competencies

Work with students on understanding the geological structure, relief, and dynamics of the Earth. Students should be able to identify and describe the different types of landforms and geomorphological processes that led to their creation. As well they will obtain knowledge of the basic terminology and methods of geomorphological research. The acquired knowledge will enable the student objective evaluation of relief and connect with other natural elements.

Types of instruction

  • Lectures
  • Practicum
  • Field work
  • Seminars

Learning outcomes

Learning outcome Evaluation methods
Describe and explain the structure and dynamics of the Earth Test, final exam
Recognize the basic types of landforms Test, final exam
Identify the basic processes of formation of different landforms Test, final exam
Identify types and dynamics of geomorphological processes in nature, and their impact on the natural elements and humans Test, final exam
Understand the effects of physical and chemical processes, and their role in the shaping of relief in terms of practical application of acquired knowledge Test, final exam
Interpret geomorphic events in a certain area, and use this knowledge in landscape management Test, final exam
Evaluate geomorphic processes and factors that lead to the endangerment of landscape diversity Test, final exam
Distinguish the forms of threat landscape diversity Test, final exam
Read and interpret topographic maps Test, final exam

Working methods

Teachers' obligations

To regularly conduct teaching.
Monitor the presence of students in the classroom.
Hold consultations with students if necessary.
Arrange 3 tests of knowledge during the semester and complete exams in regular exam terms.

Students' obligations

Class attendance is mandatory, and during the semester the student is required to prepare and present a seminar whose topic is related to one of the lessons.
The student is required to take the partial exams of knowledge during the semester or a full examination at regular examination periods.

Methods of grading

Evaluation elements Maximum points or Share in evaluation Grade rating scale Grade Direct teaching hours Total number of average student workload ECTS
Pohađanje nastave 57 57
I. Kolokvij 33 0-60
61-70
71-80
81-90
91-100
Insufficient (1)
Sufficient (2)
Good (3)
Very good (4)
Excellent (5)
1 41 2
II. Kolokvij 33 0-60
61-70
71-80
81-90
91-100
Insufficient (1)
Sufficient (2)
Good (3)
Very good (4)
Excellent (5)
1 41 2
III. Kolovij 33 0-60
61-70
71-80
81-90
91-100
Insufficient (1)
Sufficient (2)
Good (3)
Very good (4)
Excellent (5)
1 41 2
UKUPNO 100% 60 180 6
Evaluation elements Description Deadline Recoupment
Seminar Student izrađuje i prezentira seminarski rad čija je tema vezana na jednu od nastavnih jedinica. Prije izlaska na III. kolokvij. Dodatni seminarski rad.
I. Kolokvij Po 20 pitanja otvorenog tipa (nabrojite i opišite, definirajte, izračunajte i sl.). Prepisivanje je zabranjeno
II. Kolkovij Po 20 pitanja otvorenog tipa (nabrojite i opišite, definirajte, izračunajte i sl.). Prepisivanje je zabranjeno
III. Kolokvij Po 20 pitanja otvorenog tipa (nabrojite i opišite, definirajte, izračunajte i sl.). Prepisivanje je zabranjeno
Završni ispit U slučaju da student ne položi ispit putem parcijalnih ispita tijekom semestra, polaže cjeloviti pisani ispit koji uključuje cjelokupno gradivo Tijekom ispitnih rokova

Weekly class schedule

  1. Introduction – Object and goal of geomorphology and its role in earth sciences.
  2. Factors of relief development (active and passive).
  3. Structural geomorphology – The origin of the Earth and the Solar system. Earth’s structure and composition
  4. Structural geomorphology – Tectonic elements of the lithosphere and types of morphostructures. Internal dynamics of the Earth (plate tectonics and relief, types of morphostructures - volcanic and seismic, planetary relief: continents, oceans, the mid-oceanic ridges).
  5. Structural geomorphology - Volcanoes and earthquakes; reasons for their occurrence; their spatial distribution on the Earth; volcano types; distribution of earthquakes.
  6. First test
  7. Earth's outer dynamics - Exogenous factors in the formation of the Earth (the sun's rays, water, snow, ice, wind and biogenic).
  8. Earth's outer dynamics - The physical and chemical weathering of rocks and relief; Aeolian processes and forms Earth's outer dynamics - Slope processes and forms
  9. Earth's outer dynamics – Glacial processes and landforms. Periglacial processes and landforms. Earth's outer dynamics - Fluvial processes and forms; Marine and lacustrine relief forms
  10. Second test
  11. Earth's outer dynamics - Karst processes and landforms - exogenous and endogenous
  12. Evolution of relief - Biogenic and anthropogenic impacts on the formation of the relief; question of the natural and socio-economic environment
  13. Field work - To familiarize students with the geological and geomorphological characteristics of a particular area. During lectures students will perform practical exercises (determining the types of rocks and minerals, age determination based on fossils, geological and geomorphological mapping).
  14. Seminar - Independent study work on one of the topics related to the content of the lectures in the module.
  15. Third test

Obligatory literature

  1. Plummer, C.C., McGeary, D. & Carlson, D.H. (1999): Physical Geology.
  2. Wallen, R.N. (1992): Introduction to Physical Geography.
  3. Bridge, J. & Demicco, R. (2008): Earth Surface Processes, Landforms and Sediment Deposits. Cambridge University Press, UK, 1-815.
  4. Thompson, D.M. (2007): Processes That Shape the Earth. Infobase Publishing, New York, 1-116.
  5. Huggett, R.J. (2007): Fundamentals of Geomorphology. Routlege, New York, 1- 466.

Recommended literature

  1. Bird, E. (2008): Coastal geomorphology. An Introduction 2e. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK, 1-441.
  2. Goudie, A.S. (2004): Encyclopedia of Geomorphology. Routlege, New York, 1- 1156.
  3. Ford, D. & Williams, P. (2007): Karst Hydrogeology and Geomorphology, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK, 1-572.
  4. Anthropogenic Geomorphology, A Guide to Man-Made Landforms. Eds: Szabó, J., Dávid, L. & Lóczy, D. 2010., Springer, New York, 1-297.

Similar course at related universities

  • Principles of Geomorphology, Colorado State University 
  • Geomorphology, University of Vermont

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