Coastal Dynamics, Evolution and Protection

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Coastal Dynamics, Evolution and Protection

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Ecology, Geology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    GEOS1040 or GEOS1050 or ENVS1001 and GEOS2161.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course will introduce students to the study of coastal and marine geoscience. The major topics will include coastal environments and processes, coastal management, and field based investigations. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the coast and the hazards and risks within coastal environments as well as how these issues impact on coastal management. The course will be structured around field trips, lectures, and laboratories.
    1. Describe and identify the geomorphological features present in coastal environments
    2. Explain the processes relevant to coastal environments and how the processes shape the geomorphology
    3. Explain the basic principles of, reasons for, and techniques used in coastal management
    4. Collect, analyse, and interpret field and experimental data from the coastal zone
    5. Work effectively as a team in both field and classroom based situations
    6. Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms
    GEOS3220 covers the advanced components of coastal geomorphology, oceanography, and coastal management. Topics covered in the course will include:
    1. An understanding of the coastal region in the broader global oceanographic context.
    2. The geomorphological components of the coastal zone including beach-dune-barrier, estuarine, delta, and coral reef systems.
    3. The key processes relevant to coastal systems and the importance of the processes in shaping the geomorphology.
    4. The basic principles of coastal management, causes of the need for coastal management, and basic management techniques.
    5. Links between the geomorphology and the processes in a morphodynamic context.
    6. Methods and techniques used to collect, analyse, and interpret field and experimental data in the coastal zone.
    In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the School. This course also has a compulsory field component that is run in February, prior to the start of Semester 1. The field trip requires an up-front fee not covered by HECS that may vary with each offering of the course. Interested students should contact the School of Environmental and Life Sciences for more information.
    Exhibition / Poster: Poster Presentation
    Quiz: Quizzes - Class
    Written Assignment: Reports and Field Notebook

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.