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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

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.

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
2 assess and predict morphological change in coastal and estuarine environments using appropriate analysis and modelling tools
3 apply industry-standard numerical modelling software to investigate complex hydrodynamics in estuarine and coastal environments and evaluate and interpret the results
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

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
  2. assess and predict morphological change in coastal and estuarine environments using appropriate analysis and modelling tools
  3. apply industry-standard numerical modelling software to investigate complex hydrodynamics in estuarine and coastal environments and evaluate and interpret the results
  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