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EV5406 - Coral Reef Geomorphology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences

This subject examines the geomorphology of coral reefs, covering their evolution and relationships between form and the physical, chemical and biotic processes that operate on coral reefs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and understand the physical and other conditions that influence coral reef growth. Identify different reef types and understand the evolutionary processes that underlie their development. identify/understand the nature and geomorphological significance of recent and future environmental change on coral reefs. Understand the geomorphological processes which are important for coral reef management. Understand the relationships between coral reef geomorphology and the processes operating on reefs. Understand the theories of reef origin and how coral reef morphologies have developed in the context of Quaternary environmental change.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Scott Smithers.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 18 hours practicals - 6x3
  • 4 days fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); essays (20%); field trip report, literature review (30%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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