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SOES3014 Coastal Sediment Dynamics

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

1. To define the basic concepts of sediment movement within coastal and inner continental shelf waters, and the processes that control this movement. 2. To define the methods, techniques and equipment used in the study and measurement of sediment transport in a coastal setting.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Problem Analysis and numerical computation
  • Written Communication
  • Ability to learn
  • Critical Analysis
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Be able to define and describe flow structures under unidirectional and wave induced currents, alone and in combination.
  • Have an understanding of the prediction of sediment transport rates and directions.
  • Have a broad knowledge of the terminology and expressions used in coastal sediment dynamics and, in some cases, their derivation.
  • Be able to distinguish between non-cohesive and cohesive sediment dynamics and what technologies and theories would be appropriate to use to evaluate issues in each case.

Syllabus

This module considers the fundamental principles of coastal sediment dynamics in a quantitative manner. Flow properties, the benthic boundary layer, and resulting sediment responses under waves and steady currents are summarised. Sediment transport algorithms are described, and the resulting evolution of the bed defined. This course provides the foundation for SOES6011 (Applied Sediment Dynamics) where the theories learned are put into practice.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Formal Lectures: Will provide an introduction to the theory underlying sediment dynamics. Each lecture systematically covers the main concepts and topics by the use of some PowerPoint presentations, supported by extensively illustrated handout materials in terms of lecture notes on the course. The lecturers’ own experience in this field is incorporated where possible. Appropriate references to parts of course textbooks and introductory journal references are provided at each lecture. Tests: Five, 1-hour tests will be given at regular intervals through the course. The results will be evaluated in class and feedback given immediately on misconceptions and deficiencies in learning. A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.

TypeHours
Lecture32
Independent Study110
Fieldwork8
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
In-class Test 50%
Theory examination  (2 hours) 50%
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