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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Environmental Engineering major sequence

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) practice class problems; and (3) tests. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi
Unit rules
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
or MATX1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
ENSC3013 Environmental Systems
Advisable prior study
GENG1014 Earth Systems Engineering
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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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.