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ENVE2013 Coastal Engineering Processes

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Environmental Engineering major sequence
This unit provides an introduction to the functioning of coastal region that is at the interface between the land and ocean. It is the region, globally, that is most impacted my human activity and also the most energetic to dissipation of ocean energy on the beach. The unit covers physical theories and their application to the coastal region understand interactions between the atmosphere, deep ocean, the continental shelf and nearshore processes in the coastal zone including coastal structures.
Students are able to (1) articulate the role of coastal and environmental engineers in our society; (2) define the role of basic physical principles that control coastal dynamics (winds, waves, tides and currents); (3) formulate the interaction between the atmosphere and the deeper ocean on coastal processes including coastal structures; (4) articulate the range of spatial and temporal scales over which coastal systems are forced; and (5) assimilate presented data and utilise it for problem solving.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) reports; and (3) tests. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi
Unit rules
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] or the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce or the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science or the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Advisable prior study:
GENG1014 Earth Systems Engineering
ENSC3013 Environmental Systems
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; practical classes: 2 hours per week
GENG1014 Earth Systems Engineering will be a prerequisite from 2023 onwards.
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