Coastal Dynamics

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Coastal Dynamics

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students may not take this course if enrolled in TI318, TI326 or TI331.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The Course

    The coastal zone exists at the interface of land, sea and atmosphere, making it a highly complex environment. Only through improved understanding of the processes operating in this zone can we hope to understand and manage this valuable resource in a sustainable manner. This course introduces the basic concepts of coastal science. The role of waves, wind and sea-level in shaping the coast are explored. Conversely, the shape of coastal landforms affects these processes; this interaction between process and form is considered within a morphodynamic framework.

    Topics covered

    Introduction to Course, Coastal systems, Wave processes, Sediments, Shoreface, Nearshore-Zone, Aeolian processes, Beaches, Coastal Dunes, Tidal processes, Beach dune ecology and Beach dune management


    Continuous Assessment 100%

    CA will involve practical work, a class test and an essay. The practical work is centred on field work.

    Core Texts

    Haslett, S. K. (2008). Coastal Systems. London, Routledge. Woodrooffe, C. D. (2003). Coasts: Form, process and evolution. Cambridge, University Press

    Masselink, G. and Hughes, M. (2003). Coastal Processes and Geomorphology. London, Hodder Arnold.

    Additional Texts

    Carter, R. W. G. (1988). Coastal Environments. London, Academic Press.
    Davis Jr., R. and Fitzgerald D. (2004) Beaches and Coasts. Oxford, Blackwell.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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