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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Scott Draper
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering
or 62570 Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 120 Points and ( GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics
or GENG2010 Principles of Hydraulics
Advisable prior study
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics
or ENSC3010 Hydraulics
or GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics
or GENG2010 Principles of Hydraulics
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  • 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 one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. 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.
  • 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.