C&ENVENG 4077 - Coastal Engineering & Design

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

The course is based on developing an understanding of the theory and application of waves, tides and sediment transport and their application in the nearshore coastal zone. Other topics include nearshore processes, statistical modelling of return periods, offshore outfalls, beach protection, wave generation, harbour design, and coastal management.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 4077
    Course Coastal Engineering & Design
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Assessment exam 60%, design and tutorials 40%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr David Walker

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    It is intended that by the end of the course students will be able to:

    A.    Carry out numerical evaluations of linear wave phenomena

    B.    Carry out analysis of wave data to determine long-term design statistics

    C.    Understand the theory of wave recording and undertake analysis of raw wave data

    D.    Apply standard methods to estimate wind-blown wave characteristics

    E.    Understand the phenomena of tides and how they influence coastal sites

    F.     Estimate sediment transport rates under combined or separate currents and waves

    G.    Develop beach management strategies for real-world coastal systems

    H.    Determine design loads on coastal structures

    I.      Understand the basis behind climate change and its effect on the coast

    J.     Undertake a design of a coastal structure

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,J
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. G,I,J
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. J
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. A,B,C,D,F,G,H
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. I
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. G,J
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. G,J
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    There are no set texts for the course, however, the
    following may be useful. One reason for not working to a particular text is
    that it is difficult to find one that has the right mix of content and
    presentation. These books are not
    available at Unibooks but can be purchased on-line from your preferred
    supplier. Nielsen (2009) and Sorensen (2006) are both recommended.


    Nielsen, P. (2009) Coastal and Estuarine Processes.
    Advanced Series on Ocean Engineering, Volume 29, World Scientific,343pp.
    (Nielsen’s main interest is in sediment transport, but the book has good coverage
    of most of the topics in the course.)


    Sorensen, R.M. (2006) Basic Coastal Engineering, 3rd
    Edition. Springer, 324pp. (Has good coverage of most of the course topics.)


    Reeve, D.; Chadwick, A. and Fleming, C. (2004) Coastal
    Engineering. Processes, Theory and Design Practice. Spon Press, 461pp. (A book
    with a much more engineering slant. It glosses over some of the fine details of
    wave theory but is useful for the practicing coastal engineer.)


    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (1984). Shore Protection
    Manual. Volumes I and II. (This will be made available to all. It is freely
    available on the Internet and very useful.)

    Online Learning
    A full set of notes, plus lecture slides, plus lecture worksheets, plus sample homework problems, plus past examinations will be availabel on-line through Myuni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment will be based on selected homework and self-directed study submissions (10%), in-class tests (10%), designs (10%), and a 3 hour closed book exam (70%). It is a hurdle requirement that a score of at least 40% be scored in the final exam to pass the course.

    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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