GEOG3307 Coastal Environments

6 points
(see Timetable)
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Geographical Sciences major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
The Australian coastline is a dynamic environment, dominated by ocean processes, the movement of sediments, and presence of marine ecosystems. A detailed understanding of coastal processes is ultimately required to successfully manage the ever increasing demands humans place on coasts. This unit examines the processes that shape the coastal environment including coastal weather systems; near-shore ocean processes (e.g. tides, waves, near-shore currents); sediment types and transport; coastal erosion; coastal water quality; and an introduction to integrated coastal zone management.
Students are able to (1) understand how ocean and atmosphere processes drive water motion in the nearshore ocean; (2) know the major sources, physical properties and transport mechanisms of coastal sediments; (3) understand the physical drivers of coastal morphological change; (4) collect, analyse, report on coastal field datasets; and (5) develop a broad appreciation of the relevance of coastal processes to coastal zone management and planning.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) three laboratory-based assignments (30 per cent) (laboratory reports are only accepted and assessed if the corresponding laboratory session/field trip was attended by the student; exceptions are only granted in instances with a documented reason for not attending the laboratory session/field trip, such as a doctor's note or approved special consideration by the Faculty of Science); (2) a group poster presentation (10 per cent); (3) two quizzes (20 per cent); and (4) an examination (40 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jeff Hansen
Unit rules
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
EART3337 Coastal Environments
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; practicals/labs: 3 hours per week
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