NNMK13001U Quaternary Landforms: Processes, Architecture and Sediments (2)

Volume 2013/2014

The course deals with the processes behind glacial landform formation and the internal architecture with examples from former and present glaciated terrain. A number of land forming processes  and their interaction with associated sediments is studied from modern glacial settings in Iceland, Svalbard and Greenland in order to analyze and evaluate the Danish glacial landscape with respect to internal architecture and its potential as base, filter and raw material source.

Learning Outcome


It is the aim of the course that participants have achieved knowledge in a number of field and laboratory methods in the fields of sedimentology of glacial deposits, glacial tectonics, sub-fossil records and other biological remains from Danish key sections. On a basis of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and modern 3-D software from coring data and digital elevation models, participant should be able to construct geological models from former or present glaciated areas.    


A wide spectrum of working methods may constitute the students´ “tool box”. Participants are expected to have acquired knowledge on the internal and external architecture of glacial landscapes.
Participants are expected to master a number of methods suitable for analyzing Quaternary landforms and sedimentary successions.
Participants are expected to demonstrate how to establish spatial geological models.


Participants are expected to
- understand the interaction between glacial landform transformation, climate change, instability of ice sheets and environmental change as registred in glacial and interglacial sediment successions.
- be able to manage GIS and 3-D software on a user level
- be able to read, understand and communicate scientific articles at a high    level
- analyze and understand complex sedimentological, structural-geological and glacio-morphological datasets

Områdespecifikke adgangskrav til kandidatuddannelsen i geologi-geoscience, geografi-geoinformatik eller lignende indenfor Science.
10 hours per week with lectures and exercises plus 2 one-day excursions.
A 100 kr fee is to be paid for each excursion.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Excursions
  • 24
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 112
  • Theory exercises
  • 42
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Oral exam for 20 minutes. Before the exam the student will pick a question, whereafter there will be 20 minutes preparation.
Exam registration requirements
Approval of written assignments or oral presentations.
Written aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcome