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Unit description

Integrates technical knowledge with other contextual factors to develop solutions to complex coastal engineering and management problems using a multidisciplinary systems approach. Knowledge of hydrodynamics and coastal geomorphology will be extended and applied to understand and analyse the dynamic interactions between human activities and the coastal ocean. Students will also develop advanced modelling and analysis skills to predict the behaviour of complex coastal systems and design appropriate engineering infrastructure.

Unit content

A systems approach to coastal engineering

Statistical analysis of waves and design wave specification

Coastal sediment budgets

Analysis, modelling and prediction of coastal hydrodynamics and geomorphology

Contemporary approaches to coastal engineering and management

Coastal infrastructure design

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1analyse and interpret wave statistics to quantitatively describe past hydraulic behaviour of the coastal ocean and specify design wave characteristicsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2assess and predict morphological change in coastal and estuarine environments using appropriate analysis and modelling toolsIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
3apply industry-standard numerical modelling software to investigate complex hydrodynamics in estuarine and coastal environments and evaluate and interpret the resultsIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
4derive and communicate appropriate solutions to coastal engineering problems by using a risk-based, multidisciplinary systems approach to integrate technical knowledge with other contextual factorsIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse and interpret wave statistics to quantitatively describe past hydraulic behaviour of the coastal ocean and specify design wave characteristics
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. assess and predict morphological change in coastal and estuarine environments using appropriate analysis and modelling tools
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. apply industry-standard numerical modelling software to investigate complex hydrodynamics in estuarine and coastal environments and evaluate and interpret the results
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. derive and communicate appropriate solutions to coastal engineering problems by using a risk-based, multidisciplinary systems approach to integrate technical knowledge with other contextual factors
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 4 hours (6 weeks)
Workshop online 3 hours (6 weeks)
Field work 8 hours (Once during the study period)
Assessment
Morphological analysis report25%
Calculations15%
Coastal engineering design report60%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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