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Unit Overview


This unit covers advanced concepts, guidelines and tools that are relevant to the design of coastal structures, including shoreline protective measures. Topics include characterising sites to establish design criteria; design of conventional coastal structures; scour and scour protection around coastal structures; shoreline protection strategies; key concepts in harbour design and maintenance; artificial reef design; alternative strategies of nature?based coastal defence; advanced physical and numerical modelling design tools; and practical considerations in coastal engineering design.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) analyse data from a coastal site to determine design conditions and possible coastal engineering solutions; (2) design simple coastal structures, including breakwaters, revetments, and seawalls, to withstand operational conditions; (3) identify strategies to mitigate beach erosion using conventional ‘hard' and ‘soft' engineering solutions; (4) design submerged structures, such as artificial reefs and submerged breakwaters, suitable for different applications; (5) identify alternative design strategies for coastal protection using ecosystem based approaches; and (6) inspect physical and numerical modelling techniques commonly used in the coastal engineering profession.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual assignments; (2) group design project; and (3) final project. 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 Ryan Lowe
Unit rules
Enrolment in
62570 Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering
and GENG5501 Coastal and Offshore Engineering
Contact hours
2 x 3 hr workshops per week for 6 weeks
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