• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course is currently not being offered.

The earth's surface and its landforms are continually changing as a result of erosion and sedimentation, both slow and catastrophic, governed by interactions between climate, biota and tectonic movements. Beginning with the origins of mountain belts, continental-scale lands of low relief, and island chains, the course shows how landforms ranging from mountains to rivers evolve through regolith and soil formation, erosion and sediment transport. The influence of geologic substrates, climate, biota and tectonics on these processes are examined, drawing on contrasting landscapes including those of arid Australia and tropical, mountainous Papua New Guinea. Methods are introduced for measuring soil and regolith formation, erosion rates and other geomorphologic processes, including intermittent natural hazards such as landslides and tsunamis. Particular attention is paid to the impacts of climatic shifts such as those of the ice ages, and the effects of human colonisation.

Other Information

You will need to contact the Fenner School of Environment and Society at fennerschool@anu.edu.au to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Students who want to enrol in this non-standard session course but cannot see the relevant enrolment term on ISIS should contact the Fenner School at the following email address:


Indicative Assessment

  • Daily practical class tasks (50%)
  • 3 hour written test (50%)

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Intensive course, currently not being offered. 3 hours lectures (mornings); 3 hours practical (afternoons); and field excursion (2 all-day trips).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 72 units towards a degree. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed SRES3026 or ENVS6312.

Preliminary Reading

To be advised.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3444
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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