Geomorphic Processes: Landforms And Landscapes

By Prof. Javed N. Malik   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 1166
The course introduces the student to basic principles of geomorphology and related geological environment. The modules of this course will help the student to have better understanding towards processes operating in the interior of the earth and also on the earth surface. After this course a student can be well equipped with the knowledge of the different landforms and processes going on in fluvial, glacial, karst, aeolian, coastal terrains. INTENDED AUDIENCE: UG students of Science and Engineering PRE-REQUISITES : Basic course in Earth Sciences INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Any company dealing with Landscape mapping
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Earth Sciences
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

WEEK 1: Fundamentals of the Earth Surface System and Processes WEEK 2: Interior of Earth, Plate Tectonics and Sea-floor Spreading WEEK 3: The Atmospheric System: Atmospheric composition and mixing, Hydrological cycle, carbon cycle greenhouse effect, Milankovitch Cycles WEEK 4: Fluvial Geomorphology: Drainage basins and river systems, river morphology and hydrology, hydraulic geometry and governing principles of open channel flow WEEK 5: Fluvial Geomorphology (continued): fluvial erosion, sediment transport and depositional landforms, river dynamics. WEEK 6: Aeolian Geomorphology: Atmospheric circulation, wind erosion, sediment transport and depositional landforms. WEEK 7: Glacial Geomorphology: Glacial Basics and Mass Balance; Ice Motion: Deformation, Sliding, and Surging; Glacial Erosional Processes and Landforms; Depositional Glacial Landforms WEEK 8: Karst Geomorphology: KarstErosional Processes and Landforms; Depositional Landforms; Coastal and submarine Geomorphology: Coastal environment, waves, tides and currents. The relative movement ofland and sea, coastal erosion and resulting topographic features, coastal deposition and landfarms

Books and references

  • Monroe, J. S., Wicander, R., and Hazlett, R. (2007). Physical Geology: Exploring the Earth. Sixth Edition. Page 690.
  • Strahler, A. Introduction to Physical Geoloyg. Pub. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. page 632.
  • Keller, E. D. (2012). Introduction to Environmental Geology. Printice Hall. Page 801.
  • Understanding Earth, by Grotzinger, Jordan, Press and Siever, Freeman and Company

Instructor bio

Prof. Javed N. Malik

IIT Kanpur
- The instructor finished his Ph. D in 1998 from M. S. University Baroda, Vadodara. Gujarat (Geology), did Post-Doctrate (Japan Society for Promotion of Science) from (1999-2001) Hiroshima University, JAPAN. 
- Joined IIT Kanpur in 2001. 

Area of Specialization: Active Tectonics, Paleoseismology and Paleo-tsunami 

Current Areas of Research: 
• Active fault mapping and Paleoseismological studies along NW Himalaya and Kachchh 
• Paleo-Tsunami studies in Andaman & Nicobar Islands 
• Collaboration with Japan, US and France – related to earthquake and tsunami studies 

Research Projects: 
• Active tectonic investigation along northwestern Himalayan foothill zone, sponsored by DST 
• Active fault mapping and paleoseismic investigations in Kachchh region. Gujarat, by OYO International Japan. 
• Active Tectonic investigations around South-Middle Andaman and Car Nicobar Islands, A&N Islands, sponsored by INCOIS, Hyderabad, MoES.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 27 March 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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