Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor David Dunkerley


Previously coded GES3530


Considers hydrologic and erosional processes affecting landscapes generally, including splash, surface runoff, interrill, rill, tunnel and gully erosion. The 'landscape ecology' approach is stressed, emphasising the need to develop an integrated view of landscape function that recognises links between hydrologic and erosional processes and the nature and spatial distribution of biota, including vascular and non-vascular plants, and soil fauna. Field interpretation and analysis skills form the focus for afternoons of fieldwork (e.g. estimating flood sizes, patterns of hillslope erosion). Mapping, sampling, and analytical methods are introduced.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. identify and describe the processes involved in different types of erosion
  2. exhibit a high level of skill in the range of field techniques required for understanding geomorphic processes
  3. place hydrologic and erosional processes in the broader context of landscape function
  4. display practical experience in field-based analytical techiques in a semi-arid environment


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

9 day intensive field-based unit, approximately 3 hours lectures and 3.5 hour fieldwork per day at a desert location.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A cornerstone unit in Geography, climate and physical environments or a 2nd-year unit in Geographical Science