Not offered in 2019

Unit description

Extends and applies a student's knowledge of fluid mechanics and coastal geomorphology to understand and analyse the dynamic interactions between movement of water in the ocean, coastal landforms, and engineered structures. The unit seeks to develop an advanced knowledge of the processes that govern, and the tools needed to investigate and predict, the hydraulic behaviour of coastal systems.

Unit content

Mechanics of water waves

Wave transformations

Hydraulic processes in the surf zone

Coastal water level variations

Statistical analysis of waves

Wave hindcasting

Coastal sediment transport

Analysis and modelling of coastal geomorphology

Analysis and modelling of coastal hydrodynamics

Principles of coastal hydraulic 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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