GEOG1014 - Earth's Natural Environment


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written exam on Campus
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Written exam on Campus 100/100 6 hours E

Course content

GEOG1014 provides an introduction to the drivers and interactions of processes involving the Earth’s climate system, oceans, landforms, animals, plants, and people. Both global and Norwegian examples are presented. The main focus of the course will be on geomorphology, the science of landforms and Earth surface processes. Through the compulsory field courses and lectures, the main features of the Norwegian landscape, as well as critical environmental issues for the future related to climate change, loss of biodiversity, and natural hazards, will be discussed.

Learning outcome

A student who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • Can understand the natural drivers of landscape modification, explain how these drivers interact with each other, and quantify their relative importance under specific regional climatic and geological settings.


  • Able to identify and classify characteristic small- and large-scale landforms and attribute them to the mechanisms that contributed to their formation.
  • Able to evaluate factors that are important for risk assessment and management of natural hazards in Norway.
  • Can use topographic maps, aerial photography, and Digital Elevation Models, in combination with scientific knowledge, to conduct a physical geographical landscape analysis for an area.

General competence

  • Can convey important theories in physical geography in writing.
  • Can use physical geography technical terms precisely.
  • Can read and critically evaluate technical documents about the main sub-disciplines of physical geography.

Learning methods and activities

Up to 30 hours lectures, 8 hours seminar, two field courses (3 days in total).

Some lectures will be given in English. Students can submit exercises and exam in Norwegian, another Scandinavian language, or English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Research project
  • Three-days of field courses

Further on evaluation

The compulsory assignments must be completed and approved in order to be eligible to take the exam. The examination is a 6 hour written exam (worth 100% of the final grade).

Same form of examination is given when re-sitting for the exam or improving the grade. The written exam is offered both in the autumn and spring semester.

Please note that mandatory activities and lectures may start prior to the registration deadline.

Required previous knowledge


Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
GEOG1005 15.0 AUTUMN 2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geography
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geography


Examination arrangement: Written exam on Campus

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Written exam on Campus 100/100 E 2023-12-01 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL415 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring ORD Written exam on Campus 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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