University of Galway
Area of Study
Taught In English
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.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3
Hours & Credits
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.
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.
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.
Carter, R. W. G. (1988). Coastal Environments. London, Academic Press.
Davis Jr., R. and Fitzgerald D. (2004) Beaches and Coasts. Oxford, Blackwell.
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.
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