Geography 304 - Introduction to Geomorphology

2010 Schedule

Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursday 9:30 10:45 in P281
Labs: Mondays 15:00 - 16:50 in P283 (or field)


Geography 104 or Geology 106/110/115


Harry M. Jol



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Office Phone #:


Office Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday 2:00 2:50 pm or by appointment

Rental Text:

1. Ritter, D.F., Kochel, R.C., and Miller, J.R., 2002, Process geomorphology: New York, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 560 p.

2. Easterbrook, D.J., 1999, Surface processes and landforms: New Jersey, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 546 p.

Course Content:

An introduction to physical processes that affect the Earth's surface and the landforms that result. The techniques of investigating landforms (field/laboratory) and the fundamentals of communicating the results will be covered. Course goals and objectives will be discussed in class.

Course Organization:

The class schedule will be divided between lecture periods and discussions, laboratory/assignment sessions and field experiences. Students should be prepared to spend a significant amount of time out of the scheduled class time in order to complete assignments.

Course Topic Schedule:

Nature and Scope of Geomorphology, Geology Overview, Tectonic, Physical & Chemical Weathering, Karst, Mass Movement, Aeolian, Fluvial, Glacial, Periglacial, Coastal

Evaluation (Tentative):



Field Trip Reports


Mid-term Examination


Final Examination




Other Comments:

  • The final examination will be scheduled during the University's examination period. No alternative arrangement for writing exams will be made unless exceptional, properly documented circumstances occur (e.g. valid medical reasons).
  • Geography 304 meets most of the UWEC Learning Goals and Outcomes
  • Cases of academic misconduct will be dealt with according to university regulations. Please review the literature on this subject supplied by the Dean of Students Office website. (Confirmed cases of plagiarism or cheating on assignments, labs, reports or exams will result in a grade of zero for that particular assignment or exam.)
  • If you have a disability and are in need of classroom accommodations, please contact the instructor and review the Services for Students with Disabilities Office website or phone 836-4542. UWEC is committed to equality of educational opportunity for all students, but it is your responsibility to initiate the provision of any accommodations.
  • Students are expected to attend all lectures and lab meetings, to be attentive, and to take notes and do assigned work diligently. While attendance is not mandatory, keep in mind that poor performance is strongly correlated with poor attendance.
  • Late assignments will be deducted 20% per day late to maximum of 5 school days; assignments more than five days late will be graded a zero.
  • All components/assignments of the course need to be completed to achieve a passing grade in the course.