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145.222 Rivers and Slopes (15 credits)

This course identifies processes operating within drainage basins and the effects of human impact on this environment. Using theoretical concepts and fieldwork, the course offers a framework for understanding slope and river landforms and sediments.

Details Details

  • Year: 2018
  • Mode: Internal
  • Semester: Semester One full semester
  • Location: Manawatu Campus
  • Coordinator: Prof Ian Fuller
  • Subject: Geography
  • College: College of Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Partially Taught Online - As part of the course is taught online, Broadband access is required. In addition to accessing the Course Guide, students will be required to access core and supplementary digital study resources, contribute to discussion fora and complete online activities and assessment tasks. Core study resources that can be published in print will be supplied to the students who request them. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help

  • Prerequisite(s): 145.121. At least 45 credits from 100 level. At least 90 credits from 100 level for Bachelor of Science.


  • Start Date: Monday 26 February, 2018
  • End date: Sunday 24 June, 2018

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Monday 12 March, 2018
  • Without academic penalty: Friday 25 May, 2018


Course fees for 2018

  • Domestic Students: NZD $829.02 *
  • International Students NZD $3,863.75 *

Component fees

  • Domestic component fees NZD $22.80 *
  • International component fees NZD $22.80 *

* This fee information is for estimation purposes only and includes New Zealand Goods and Services Tax. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. The estimate does not include non-tuition fees. To view an estimate showing both tuition and non-tuition fees use the Fees Calculator. These fees only apply to 2018 enrolments. Domestic students may be eligible for free fees in their first year.

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Discuss key geomorphic processes operating in the drainage basin.
  2. Evaluate theoretical concepts used in process geomorphology and hydrology.
  3. Explain the effects of selected human impacts within the drainage basin.
  4. Collect, analyse and evaluate data from river and slope environments.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.


During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Weighting Note
1 Practicum 10.0%
2 Practicum 10.0%
3 Practicum 5.0%
4 Practicum 5.0%
5 Experiential Simulation 5.0%
6 Essay 20.0%
7 Invigilated Examination 45.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.


It is recommended that textbooks are purchased no sooner than 7 weeks prior to the semester start date as textbooks can be subject to change.

Highly Recommended
  • Fundamentals Of Fluvial Geomorphology,
    Author: Charlton, R
    Edition: 2008
    Publisher: Routledge

  • Fundamentals Of Hydrology 3ed
    Author: Davie
    ISBN: 9780415858700
    Edition: 3ed
    Publisher: TAYLOR & FRANCIS

  • Fluvial Forms And Processes
    Author: Knighton, A.D.
    ISBN: 0340663138
    Edition: 1998
    Publisher: Arnold

  • Fundamentals Of Hydrology.
    Author: Davie, T.
    Edition: 2003
    Publisher: Routledge.

  • Fundamentals Of Hydrology.
    Author: Davie, T.
    Edition: 2003
    Publisher: Routledge

  • Geomorphic Analysis Of River Systems.
    Author: Fryirs, K.A. & Brierley, G.J.
    Edition: 2013
    Publisher: Wiley Blackwell.

  • Geomorphic Analysis Of River Systems.
    Author: Fryis, K.A & Brierley, G.J.
    Edition: 2013
    Publisher: Wiley Blackwell

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