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Objectives and Content

The course provides an overview of landforms, landforming processes, and landscape evolution. In particular, it aims to shed light on various landforming processes and how these depend on climate and tectonic regimes, and time. The course shall further convey an understanding of landforming processes on different temporal and spatial magnitudes.

The course addresses topics such as the relationship between landforms, structural, bedrock, and Quaternary geology, as well as various models for landscape evolution in various places around the world, with special emphasis on Norway. Two important parts of the course are fieldwork and writing of essays. This includes searching for relevant information, correct use of citations in the text, and managing of references. In addition, the writing of essays includes giving comments on texts written by fellow students (i.e. peer-reviewing), as well as handling feedback received on the essays.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

The student can

  • explain principal terms, definitions and theories (e.g. conceptual approaches in geomorphology)
  • describe landforms and landforming processes in different climate zones and tectonic regimes
  • explain different theories and models for landscape evolution
  • discuss the development of micro to mega scale landforms and their lifespans
  • assess the mode of formation, age and history for landforms in Norway

The student can

  • plan and carry out a geomorphological field investigation (incl. observation, interpretation, report)
  • search and find relevant information to elucidate geomorphological problems
  • evaluate what information that requires citation in own essay texts, as well as apply a relevant tool for handling references
  • compare and discuss the formation of large-scale landforms involving both exogenous and endogenous processes

General competence
The student can

  • apply a precise geological language to describe and discuss geological processes, phenomena and theories
  • demonstrate the ability to function individually, in cooperation and ethically with others
  • acknowledge, evaluate and communicate the role of humans in, and our dependency and impact on, the Earth system
  • accomplish field work in alignment with GEO¿s/UiB¿s health and safety regulations
  • use field-based techniques to obtain and work with Earth science data
  • use libraries and scientific databases to retrieve relevant information, including the proper citation of sources

Required Previous Knowledge

GEOV109, GEOV110
For geografistudentar: GEO111, GEO212

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Approved compulsory assignments are valid for 2 semesters after course completion.

Forms of Assessment

The forms of assessment are: Portfolio evaluation.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Spring. Assessment is only provided in semesters with teaching.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Coordinator

The course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or you may contact studierettleiar@geo.uib.no.

Course Administrator

The Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Earth Science has the administrative responsibility for the course and program


The student coordinator can be contacted here:

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