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Academic Year 2024/2025

Rivers, Estuaries and Coasts (GEOG20040)

Social Sciences & Law
2 (Intermediate)
Module Coordinator:
Dr Jonathan Turner
Mode of Delivery:
On Campus
Internship Module:
How will I be graded?
Letter grades

Curricular information is subject to change.

This module introduces fluvial (river), estuarine and coastal environments from a geomorphic systems perspective. Geomorphology is the study of landforms, and the materials and processes involved in landform formation and change. The principal geomorphological focus of our study is the river catchment, which includes valley hillslopes, river floodplains and river channels themselves. The course will also consider links to transitional waters (e.g. estuaries) and geomorphic process environments found in the coastal zone. During the course you will learn about the key themes and approaches employed by geomorphologists to understand these settings, and by the end of the module you should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the variety of landforms found in a range of catchment and coastal settings.

The form that a landscape takes is a reflection of the dominant processes and materials operating in the system, and the inherited boundary conditions in which the systems forms. An important aspect of this course is therefore understanding the controls responsible for a system’s behaviour, including the hydrological pathways, flow regimes and sediment dynamics. With this knowledge we will explore the connections between a system’s characteristics and environmental change. It is this integrated understanding of the dynamic nature of rivers (estuaries and coasts), that allows stakeholders to make informed (evidence-based) decisions for effective landscape management.

About this Module

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course the student should:

1. be familiar with the key themes and concepts in catchment and coastal geomorphology;
2. be able to demonstrate an understanding of the links between landscape form, materials and processes;
3. have a solid understanding of the key controls governing catchment and coastal dynamics;
4. be able to draw connections between catchment and coastal system behaviour and environmental change;
5. have developed transferable skills in critical thinking, reading and writing.

Student Effort Hours:
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Key teaching and learning approaches used in the module are: lectures, single tutorial; critical reading and writing

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment(Including Essay): 1500-word assignment on module topic that is linked to the mid-trimester module tutorial. Week 10 Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Exam (In-person): End-of-trimester, one hour, in person exam covering the breadth of the module. One question from a choice of five. End of trimester
1 hr(s)
Standard conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components

Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 

Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback for written work will be provided to students on Brightspace VLE, post-assessment