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
- Graduate studies / MS Courses taught in English (Elective course, 1 semester, 1 year)
Teaching hours: 60
Laboratory exercises: 12
Field exercises: 8
Sufficient (2): 60-69 %
Good (3): 70-79 %
Very good (4): 80-89 %
Excellent (5): >90%
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
- Field work
|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|
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.
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|
Very good (4)
Very good (4)
Very good (4)
|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
- Introduction – Object and goal of geomorphology and its role in earth sciences.
- Factors of relief development (active and passive).
- Structural geomorphology – The origin of the Earth and the Solar system. Earth’s structure and composition
- 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).
- Structural geomorphology - Volcanoes and earthquakes; reasons for their occurrence; their spatial distribution on the Earth; volcano types; distribution of earthquakes.
- First test
- Earth's outer dynamics - Exogenous factors in the formation of the Earth (the sun's rays, water, snow, ice, wind and biogenic).
- 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
- 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
- Second test
- Earth's outer dynamics - Karst processes and landforms - exogenous and endogenous
- Evolution of relief - Biogenic and anthropogenic impacts on the formation of the relief; question of the natural and socio-economic environment
- 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).
- Seminar - Independent study work on one of the topics related to the content of the lectures in the module.
- Third test
- Plummer, C.C., McGeary, D. & Carlson, D.H. (1999): Physical Geology.
- Wallen, R.N. (1992): Introduction to Physical Geography.
- Bridge, J. & Demicco, R. (2008): Earth Surface Processes, Landforms and Sediment Deposits. Cambridge University Press, UK, 1-815.
- Thompson, D.M. (2007): Processes That Shape the Earth. Infobase Publishing, New York, 1-116.
- Huggett, R.J. (2007): Fundamentals of Geomorphology. Routlege, New York, 1- 466.
- Bird, E. (2008): Coastal geomorphology. An Introduction 2e. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK, 1-441.
- Goudie, A.S. (2004): Encyclopedia of Geomorphology. Routlege, New York, 1- 1156.
- Ford, D. & Williams, P. (2007): Karst Hydrogeology and Geomorphology, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK, 1-572.
- 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