Advanced Topics in Hillslope Geomorphology GEOG4118

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will explore the latest research in hillslope geomorphology. It will cover the state-of-the-art analysis of hillslope topography, numerical modelling of hillslope evolution and advanced algorithms in landslide hazard prediction.


Course will run in the second half of Semester 1 and consist of 6 Lectures, 2 Labs and 2 Seminars

Requirements of Entry

Fulfilment of entry requirements to Level 3 Geography or Earth Sciences

Students will require basic mathematical competence including trigonometry, algebra and calculus.

Excluded Courses



Hillslope Geomorphology - GEOG4108


Summative assessment will consist of a 2000 word report written based on a topic of analysis developed from one of the practical classes (70%), and an oral presentation during seminars (30%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This aims of this course are:

■ To give in depth understanding of hillslope morphology and processes

■ To develop understanding of how hillslope evolution can be described and simulated mathematically

■ To train skills in the quantitative analysis of hillslope morphology using GIS and computer programming

■ To develop skills to critically assess landslide hazards across a range of environments

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Describe and explain how hillslope processes can be represented mathematically to simulate hillslope evolution using computer models.

■ Use topographic analysis of hillslope morphology and hillslope evolution to interpret he results in terms of landscape-wide erosion rates and tectonic processes

■ Summarise and communicate recent research developments in Hillslope Geomorphology

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.