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EV5406 - Coral Reef Geomorphology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

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.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (30%) - Individual
  • Field Report - (15%), Discussion and Conclusions - (15%) - (30%) - Group & Individual.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Scott Smithers.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 18 hours workshops - 6x3
  • 4 days fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.