GENG5501 Coastal and Offshore Engineering

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
The objective of this unit is to develop students' ability to apply fundamental knowledge in hydraulics, soil mechanics and structural mechanics to solve a wide range of coastal and offshore engineering problems. In particular, students are expected to develop a good understanding on how fundamental knowledge is applied to solving practical engineering problems, the ability to apply basic engineering mechanics principles to analyse coastal and offshore engineering problems, and self-learning skills. The topics covered in the unit include wave mechanics, wave forecasts, wave forces on offshore and coastal structures, structural responses to wave loading, near shore hydrodynamic processes, dynamics of sediment transports, and the design of coastal and offshore structures such as breakwaters, platforms and pipelines.
Students are able to (1) participate effectively in teams; (2) communicate effectively in written reports and technical presentations; (3) demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills; (4) choose and apply appropriate wave theories (both analytical and numerical) for different applications in coastal and offshore engineering; (5) predict wave loading on marine structures; (6) describe marine sediment transport processes and evaluate their impacts on the safety of marine facilities and coasts; and (7) design and manage coastal and offshore facilities.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 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 Scott Draper
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering; for pre-2012 courses: CIVL2130 Hydraulics I,
ENSC3010 Hydraulics,
ENVE2602 Environmental Fluid Mechanics. This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the Course Coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science
Advisable prior study:
Civil Engineering specialisation: ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics,
ENSC3010 Hydraulics; Environmental Engineering specialisation: MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1,
ENSC3010 Hydraulics; Mechanical specialisation: ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics
ENVE4614 Oceanographic Engineering, CIVL4130 Offshore and Coastal Engineering
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