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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Anti-requisites

GLY00206 Coastal Geomorphology AND GLY00231 Coastal Geomorphology and Sedimentology

Unit aim

Explores the diversity of coastal landforms. We examine past and contemporary processes that drive the evolution of coastal landforms, with special consideration given to the ramifications of environmental change for coastal management.

Unit content

Coastal features

  • Beaches; barriers; dunes
  • Deltas; estuaries

Coastal processes

  • Waves
  • Tides
  • Climate and weather
  • River systems

Changing coastal zones

Management monitoring and solutions

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: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe the geomorphology of all coastal zones Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Cultural competence
2 describe the dynamic processes that have shaped the coastal zones Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Cultural competence
3 illustrate how past sea level events have shaped our coastline and how climate change will potentially affect tomorrow’s coastline Intellectual rigour Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Communication and social skills Cultural competence
4 indicate scientific techniques used in coastal sciences Intellectual rigour Creativity Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Communication and social skills Cultural competence
5 understand how human activities continue to impact on our oceans and our coasts. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Cultural competence

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

  1. describe the geomorphology of all coastal zones
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. describe the dynamic processes that have shaped the coastal zones
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. illustrate how past sea level events have shaped our coastline and how climate change will potentially affect tomorrow’s coastline
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. indicate scientific techniques used in coastal sciences
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. understand how human activities continue to impact on our oceans and our coasts.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • Short, AD & Woodroffe, CD, 2009, Coasts of Australia, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.