GEOG 746 : Applied Coastal Geomorphology
2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)
Coasts are among the most dynamic landforms on earth, constantly adjusting their form through a variety of process interactions. Coasts are also under ever-increasing human development pressures, and coastal risk is increasing as sea levels rise and storms change in intensity. This advanced course on coastal geomorphology provides the scientific basis needed to undertake research on coastal change problems, and underpin coastal management decision-making. The course focuses on the process-form relationships that shape coastlines over a range of spatial and temporal scales. Short-term coastal processes are examined with field experiments in which principles of experiment design and field deployment are demonstrated. Medium- and long-term processes are examined in laboratory classes and lectures. Together these different approaches are merged to address examples of applied coastal management problems.
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
- Demonstrate an understanding of of some of the major questions being addressed by coastal scientists (Capability 1 and 2)
- Develop and demonstrate an understanding of of coastal processes (Capability 1)
- Demonstrate and apply practical skills utilised in the analysis of coastal data obtained from field sampling (Capability 2 and 3)
- Develop an understanding of the skills and equipment required to design and undertake a competent piece of research in applied coastal geomorphology (Capability 3)
- Evaluate coastal management options drawing on theoretical knowledge and experimental data (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
|Research report||30%||Individual Coursework|
|Final Exam||40%||Individual Examination|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
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For this course, you can expect 40 hours of fieldwork and associated lecture material, 40 hours of reading and thinking about the content and exam preparation, 40 hours of lab work, and 30 hours of work associated with the research report.
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