Describes coastal landforms, the processes that formed them and processes that continue to change them. The role of periodic high-energy events and the use of data on past trends and present conditions to predict future changes and the effects of human intervention are emphasised. The use of knowledge of coastal landforms and processes in land use planning will be demonstrated.
- Coastal dynamics; influence of tectonic activity, geology and climate on coastal landforms
- Waves, tides, currents, climate and sea level changes; constructive and destructive processes
- Estuaries and deltas, mangroves, salt marshes and sea grasses
- Beach and barrier bar deposition, processes and sub-environments
- Rocky shores, processes and landforms (wave cut platforms, sea stacks, cliffs, etc.)
- Carbonate sedimentation; coral reefs, beach rock, lime muds, shell beds
- Sedimentary structures as process indicators, their interpretation and use
- The influence of human activity and engineering works on coastal landforms
- The role of geochemistry and geochronology application in palaeo-environmental reconstruction
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.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||describe the geomorphology of all coastal zones||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|2||describe the dynamic processes that have shaped the coastal zones||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|3||illustrate how past sea level events have shaped our coastline and how climate change will potentially affect tomorrow’s coastline||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|4||indicate scientific techniques used in coastal sciences||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|5||understand how human activities continue to impact on our oceans and our coasts.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
- Short, AD & Woodroffe, CD, 2009, Coasts of Australia, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.
Teaching and assessment
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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