Landscape Processes (10225.2)
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|Academic Program Area - Science||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major landscape processes and their interactions;
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the various landscape types and surface environments;
3. Apply skills and latest relevant technology in observing and interpreting landscape processes and their products;
4. Communicate the broader context of earth surface evolution and the implications for land, water and ecosystem stewardship with a global perspective; and
5. Work effectively as individuals and in teams in reporting field observations and synthesizing these into a broader understanding of landscape processes.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
Equivalent unitsEarth Surface Processes, 8538, and Australian Landscapes, Regolith and Soils, 8781.
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Primary recommend reading is any introductory physical geology textbook. Our preferred content is Dynamic Earth (Christiansen and Hamblin), 2014. ISBN-13: 978-1449659844. This could be substituted with a range of other texts, such as "Understanding Earth (Grotzinger and Jordan)", or open access books such as opentextbc.ca/geology or opengeology.org.
Extended reading options include Earth System Science textbooks such as "the Australian Physical Environment" or the first two editions of "Blue Planet". These are most relevant for those that haven't taken Earth System Science (8101). Geomorphology focussed textbooks such as "Key Concepts in Geomorphology (Bierman and Montgomery)" or "Fundamentals of Geomorphology (Hugget)" provide greater detail on the processes, sediments and landforms than we will discuss in class, or examine in the assessments but are a good addition if you want to learn and explore more.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Assignments are to be submitted via Canvas.
Special assessment requirements
Because the study of Landscape Processes is essentially field-based, students must complete and pass the field component of the course (i.e. the major report), as well as achieve an aggregated grade of 50%, in order to pass this unit.
The unit convener reserves the right to question students orally on any of their submitted work.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
In this unit you will have a total of 35 contact hours on-campus or online (13 lectures, 11 practical sessions) and another 32 hours on field trips. The remaining 83 hours should be distributed across the various assessment tasks and background reading.
Participation will not be recorded, but meeting the requirements of the Field class assessments will be very challenging without attendance on the field trips.
In all cases of absence, sickness or personal problems it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the unit Convener is informed.
Required IT skills
Familiarity with Microsoft Office software Word, Excel and PowerPoint or equivalent is necessary. Students will also be expected to have, or be willing to develop basic skills in geographic information systems (ARCGIS online or google earth). It is expected that students have learned how to access resources in the UC library and to access the Unit's Canvas site.
Contribution to field expenses (consumables, accommodation) not exceeding $160 for all field trips in this Unit.
Purchase of the textbook is an additional cost.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Not applicable to this unit
Research Led Education
This unit involves research-led education. There are active researchers delivering this unit who are able to engage students in deep and active learning and transmit to students their passion for the research they are carrying out.
Work Integrated Learning Experiences
This unit offers in-field experiences so that theoretical concepts can be directly linked with field observations. Information and data acquired in the field forms the basis for a significant component of the reporting for his unit.
Local natural resource management (NRM) practitioners from state and federal government agencies and local key stakeholder agencies regularly interact with students in class and on field trips. Tasks undertaken as part of the Landscape Processes unit are authentic tasks that model industry practice.