GO320 Geomorphology

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GO 320 Geomorphology


FA 2008 HO


Woodburn, Terri


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Geography, Northwest Missouri State University
M.A. Physical Geography/Geomorphology, University of Kansas
(PhD student in Physical Geography, University of Kansas)

Office Location

SC 010 (computer lab)

Office Hours

M 3:05-4:05        F 11:50-1:50 & 3:05-4:05       Other times by appt

Daytime Phone




Class Days

MF - lecture                   W - lab

Class Time

1:50 - 3:05 - lecture       1:50 - 4:40 PM  - lab

Credit Hours



Process Geomorphology (4th edition) by Dale F. Ritter, R. Craig Kochel, and Jerry R. Miller.  McGraw-Hill, 2002.
ISBN: 0-697-34411-8
560 pages
                    Process Geomorphology

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Course Description:
GO320 Geomorphology:The study of the earths surface and the processes that shape it.Processes discussed include those associated with weathering,streams,glaciers,ground water,wind,oceans,and tectonics.Laboratory exercises will reinforce these concepts. 3:3:4

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and identify the various processes of mass wasting.
  2. Analyze and interpret landscape change.
  3. Discuss the role of plate tectonics and the hydrologic cycle to landscape development.
  4. Discuss the role of human activities on landscape development.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Exams - consisting of multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions covering lecture and lab material
Weekly Lab Exercises - involving interpretation, evaluation, and hands-on learning


Exam 1, Exam 2, Exam 3 and Exam 4 = 125 points each; 500 points total
Lab Exercises = 25 points each; 350 points total
Final grades will be based on the following scale:
A = 100-90%
B = 89-80%
C = 79-70%
D = 69-60%
F = 59-0%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Lab assignments are due at the end of each lab class period unless otherwise stated.  Assignments submitted after the class period will be subject to 10% penalty for each day they are late.  Students missing class due to participation in athletic or other school-sponsored events will need to make arrangements prior to their absence and an alternate due date for a lab assignment will be given. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please follow the standard classroom rules of conduct at all times:
  • Treat fellow students and the instructor with respect
  • Turn OFF all cellular phones, pagers, iPods, etc.
  • Attend class and participate in discussions and exercises
  • Arrive on time for class and do not leave early.  Notify your instructor prior to class time if you do need to leave or if you need to request an excused absence. 
  • Don't talk loudly to others during class
  • Be prepared for each lecture or lab session with textbook, paper, and pencil

Please contact me or see me during my office hours if you have any concerns, questions, or problems with this course - I am eager to help you succeed if you are willing to take the time.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week     Date     Lecture Topics/Readings

Lab Exercises

               8/18      Syllabus/Introduction
    1         8/20
               8/22      Ch. 1 Intro to Process Geomorphology  

Map Interpretation
               8/25      Ch. 2 Internal Forces & Climate
    2         8/27
               8/29      Ch. 2 Internal Forces & Climate

Earth Materials
               9/1        No Class – Labor Day
    3         9/3
               9/5        Ch. 2 Internal Forces & Climate

Plate Tectonics
               9/8        Ch. 3 Chemical Weathering & Soils
     4        9/10
               9/12       Ch. 3 & 4 Soil Weathering

Climatic Geomorphology
               9/15       EXAM 1 (chapters 1, 2, & 3)
     5        9/17
               9/19        Ch. 4 Physical Weathering

Soil Geomorphology
               9/22        Ch. 4 Mass Movement
     6        9/24
               9/26        Ch. 4 Mass Movement

Weathering/Mass Movement
               9/29        Ch. 5 The Drainage Basin
     7        10/1
               10/3        Ch. 5 The Drainage Basin

Mass Movement
               10/6        Ch. 6 Fluvial Processes
     8        10/8
               10/10      Ch. 6 Fluvial Processes

Fluvial Geomorphology
               10/13      No Class – Fall Break    
     9        10/15
               10/17      No Class – Fall Break     

No Class – Fall Break
               10/20      Ch. 7 Fluvial Landforms
    10       10/22
               10/24      EXAM 2 (chapters 4, 5, & 6)

Fluvial Geomporphology
               10/27      Ch. 8 Wind Processes & Landforms
    11       10/29
               10/31      Ch. 8 Wind Processes & Landforms

Eolian Landforms
               11/3        Ch. 9 Glaciers & Glacial Mechanics
    12       11/5
               11/7        Ch. 10 Glacial Erosion & Landforms

Glacial Geomorphology
               11/10      Ch. 10 Glacial Erosion & Landforms
    13       11/12
               11/14      EXAM 3 (chapters 7, 8, 9 & part of 10)
Human Impacts
               11/17     Ch. 11 Periglacial Processes
    14       11/19 
               11/21     Ch. 12 Karst Processes

Karst Landforms
               11/24     Ch. 12 Karst Processes
    15       11/26
               11/28      No Class – Thanksgiving Break

No Class
               12/1        Ch. 13 Coastal Processes
    16       12/3
               12/5        Ch. 13 Coastal Processes

Coastal Landforms

    17       12/10      FINAL EXAM      Wednesday - 3:15 pm (chapters 10, 11, 12 & 13)

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  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
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