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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

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.

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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
2 describe the dynamic processes that have shaped the coastal zones
3 illustrate how past sea level events have shaped our coastline and how climate change will potentially affect tomorrow’s coastline
4 indicate scientific techniques used in coastal sciences
5 understand how human activities continue to impact on our coasts.

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

  1. describe the geomorphology of all coastal zones
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  2. describe the dynamic processes that have shaped the coastal zones
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. illustrate how past sea level events have shaped our coastline and how climate change will potentially affect tomorrow’s coastline
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  4. indicate scientific techniques used in coastal sciences
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  5. understand how human activities continue to impact on our coasts.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • Short, A D & Woodroffe, C D, 2009, The Coast of Australia, 1st edn, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne. ISBN: ISBN9780521696173.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.