Climatology : 25h Th, 25h Pr, 1d FW
Geomorphology : 15h Th, 20h Pr, 3d FW
Number of credits
|Bachelor in geography : general||9 crédits|
Language(s) of instruction
Organisation and examination
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents
This physical geography course is divided into two distinct parts (Climatology and Geomorphology):
1) The climatology part of the course is given by M. Fettweis
2) The second part of the course, given by G. Houbrechts, deals with the basic notions of geomorphology. Different themes are discussed:
- The large units of the relief (physiographic units), topographic structural forms, the evolution of the relief at different time scales.
- The mass transport processes: screes, landslides, avalanches; landslides; creep and solifluxion; runoff; soil erosion.
- Karst phenomena: dissolution processes; climatic factors; karst forms and deposits.
Learning outcomes of the learning unit
To understand the major mechanisms of geomorphology, namely: the evolution of the continental relief (forms and processes), karstic phenomena, mass transport and runoff.
To identify on cartographic documents, aerial photographs, or digital terrain models the relief forms following erosion.
To reconstruct the evolution of a continental relief at different time scales.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills
Basics in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Geology
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Geomorphology (15h theory + 20h practical work)
- The great units of the relief, the structural forms, (3h) - Tectonic movements, erosion cycle, peneplanation (3h) - Mass transport agents (6h) - The karstic phenomena (3h)
The practical work of Geomorphology (20 h) focuses on the analysis of topographic maps, aerial photographs and digital terrain models.
The theoretical course and the practical work are completed by three days of field work.
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Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)
Theoretical and practical courses are given face-to-face during the second semester.
Participation in the field days is mandatory.
Recommended or required readings
For the partim, "geomorphology", lecture notes, practical and field work notes will be distributed to students as the course progress.
Reference works :
- Amat, J-P., Dorize,L., Gautier, E., Le Coeur, C. 2015 : Eléments de Géographie physique. Bréal, 4e édition, Paris, 464 p.
- Coque, R. 1977 : Géomorphologie. Coll. U, A. Colin, Paris, 430 p.
- Derruau, M. 1994 : Les formes du relief terrestre. Masson, Paris, 115 p.
- Hugget R.J. 2003 : Fundamentals of Geomorphology. Routledge Fundamentals of Physical Geography, Routledge, London, 386 p.
- Tricart, J. 1977 : Précis de Géomorphologie. Sedes, Paris, 345 p.
Assessment methods and criteria
Any session :
- If evaluation in "hybrid"
Written exam with two parts : theory and practical aspects.
Exam(s) in session
Other : ///
Exam(s) in session
written exam ( open-ended questions )
written exam ( open-ended questions ) AND oral exam
Theoretical course and practical work of each party: Written exam. Special attention will be given to all documents illustrating the notes and PowerPoint presentations of the course.
To answer questions related to the fieldwork, students will be able to consult their personal notes.
The calculation of the final grade is based on the following distribution: theory 50%, practical work 25%, fieldwork 25% (including the reports on the field days)
The deliberation score is unique and each party has a 50% share in the deliberation. However, if the result in either party is equal to or less than 8/20, it prevails and constitutes the overall grade for the course.
A financial contribution will be requested to cover the costs related to the field days.
Département de Géographie, B11
Département de Géographie
Institut de Géographie physique
Bât. B11 - Sart Tilman 4000 LIEGE
Tél. : +32/(0)4/366.52.57
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Secrétariat du Département : +32/(0)4/366.52.48
Department of Geography
Institute of Physical Geography
Building B11 - Sart Tilman 4000 LIEGE
Secretariat of the Department: +32/(0)4/366.52.48