EART2204 Coastal Processes

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
The coastal zone is shaped by fundamental physical processes that interact with biological and chemical processes along the boundary between the land and deep ocean. This unit introduces students to the study of coastal and marine geoscience with a focus on physical processes in the nearshore (waves, tides, currents) that transport sediments and create changes in coastal morphology. The spectacular Western Australian coastline provides a natural laboratory in which to develop an understanding of coastal physical processes and their interactions with biological and chemical processes and the factors that drive coastline changes over a range of timescales. This knowledge can then be used to examine how coastlines may evolve in coming decades as a result of rising sea levels and climate change.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental physical processes operating in the coastal zone; (2) identify the primary processes that shape the coastal zone and drive changes in coastal morphology; (3) collect, analyse and report on coastal field datasets; and (4) integrate coastal datasets with knowledge of coastal processes to understand observed long-term shoreline changes.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory assignments; (2) quizzes; and (3) examination. 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
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet or GEOG1103 Geographies of a Global City
Incompatibility:
EART3337 Coastal Environments; GEOG3307 Coastal Environments
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; practicals/labs: 1 x 3 hours per week
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