SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH224607
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to allow the student to the field of Coastal Engineering, which is concerned with the design and maintenance of harbors, marinas, coastal and offshore structures, such as, breakwaters, seawalls, and jetties. Coastal Engineering is also concerned with the study of waves and currents and their effect on the coastal structures, the control of erosion, and the pollution of the coastal waters.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Introduction: Outline and Topics, Coastal Engineering Problems, Breakwaters & Seawalls, Sediment Transport, Small Amplitude Wave Theory, Equation and Solution, Wave properties: Profile, celerity, velocity, acceleration, displacement, Celerity, Pressure, Energy and Mass Transport, Standing Waves, Finite-Amplitude Waves, Stokes Theory, Shallow Water Waves : Cnoidal& Solitary Wave Theory, Stream Function Theory, Long Waves: Tidal Dynamics, Wave Statistics & Spectra, Wave Height Distribution, Wave Spectrum, Wave Prediction, Wave Transformation, Shoaling, Refraction: Snell's law, Diffraction: Breakwaters tip and entrance gap, Reflection: beaches and structures, Wave-Structure Interaction, Wave Runup: beaches, structures and slopes, Wave Overtopping: structures and slope, Wave Transmission: floating and submerged, Wave Breaking: Height and depth, Wave Forces Offshore piles Design of Seawalls & Breakwaters.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to :-be introduced to the field of Coastal Engineering [A2]-learn various water wave theories [A2, A5]-learn about wave processes in the near shore zone [A6, B1]-learn about wave interaction with structures [B4, C3]-understand the design steps of a coastal structure [C1, C2, C4]-acquire the basic skills of technical report writing and oral presentation [D3, D4, D6]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based on lectures with filed visits to relate theoretical concepts to practical experience. The students will be expected to perform directed reading exercises and self-learning exercises on emerging technologies. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material and to discuss the issues raised by the directed reading.

Indicative Reading

Sorensen, R. M., Basic Coastal Engineering , 3rd Ed., Springer, NY, 2006. US Army Corps of Engineers, Coastal Engineering Manual , 2002. Robert M. Sorensen, Basic Coastal Engineering, Springer; 3rd edition 2005. DeanR. G., DalrympleR. A., Coastal Processes with Engineering Applications. Cambridge University Press 2004. Reeve D, Chadwick A, Fleming C., Coastal Engineering: Processes, Theory and Design Practice., Spon Press; 2 edition 2012. Kim Y. C., Coastal and Ocean Engineering Practice (Series on Coastal and Ocean Engineering Practice)World Scientific Pub Co Inc. 2011. Dean R. G., Beach Nourishment: Theory and Practice (Advanced Series on Ocean Engineering.World Scientific Pub Co Inc.2003. Some Helpful Web Sites:

Transferrable Skills

Tutorials provide: Problem Solving and Numeracy Laboratories provide: use of IT and Interpersonal/team skills Reports provide: Communication/Literacy/Linguistic/Critical Evaluation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid-term test - Unseen written 1½ Hours
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - Unseen written - 2 Hours
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Case study report 2000 words weighting 30%