OCEN4002 Ocean Hazards

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Ocean hazards can have devastating impacts on coasts and their communities leading to lasting and damaging effects on the coastal landscape—causing long-term coastal erosion—and on marine ecosystems. They can also result in massive costs to human health, cultures and the livelihoods of coastal communities. These hazards include natural physical phenomena such as storm systems (tropical and extra-tropical cyclones, tsunamis, mean sea level rise, rip currents); natural biological phenomena such as red tides (harmful algal blooms); and anthropogenic influences such as ocean debris (e.g. plastics), coastal discharges and oil spills. This unit covers the processes that lead to these hazards including their prediction, and explores different mitigation and planning options.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a basic knowledge of a range of ocean hazards their origin and mitigation options; (2) display a sophisticated understanding of the influence of ocean on law and policy, marine management and coastal planning; (3) critically analyse and make recommendations for further research needed to address ocean hazard management; (4) demonstrate an enquiring, critical and creative approach to understanding and managing ocean hazards; and (5) demonstrate an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of ocean hazards and its interconnectedness with the biological and social sciences.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class assessments; (2) project; and (3) presentation. 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)
Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi
April 9: LMS opens
April 20: Introductory briefing session for all students
April 20-May 1: Online readings and upskilling activities (MATLAB tutorials, oceanography primers etc.) made available
May 1-May 29: Intensive sessions running (one each Monday)
May 29-June 12: Students work on and submit final assessment item/s
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.