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Kevin Williams

Buffalo State College
Public four-year institution, primarily undergraduate


Geomorphology course taken by most majors in Earth Sciences and by majors in Earth Science Education.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology
Resource Type: Course Information:Goals/Syllabi
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Course Type: Upper Level:Geomorphology/Surface Processes
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Geomorphology
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Course Context:

This is an upper-division course in geomorphology with a prerequisite of introductory geology. This course presently does not have a separate lab, but it will have a separate lab starting in Fall 2008.

Course Goals:

Students should be able to explain the main forces driving processes in geomorphology.
Students should be able to measure properties of a drainage basin and compare different basins.
Students should be able to use remote sensing images to interpret processes that have shaped a surface.

How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

The class works from basic concepts through various processes throughout the semester. A the end of teh semester, the material is synthesized into a geomprhophic analysis project.


Student learning is assessed through discussions with the students, quiz and exam scores, and performance on the term project.


Syllabus (Acrobat (PDF) 287kB May29 08)

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