Coastal Processes and Systems (MARS5001)


This unit of study explains the major coastal processes and systems of relevance to coastal zone management. These include rocky coasts and bluffs; beaches, barriers and dunes; and estuaries and inlets. The interactions between these processes and systems that are of most relevance to coastal management are highlighted, including coastal hazards such as beach erosion, dune migration, bluff retreat, coastal flooding and inlet closure/opening. Anthropogenic impacts are also analysed. The unit is presented in lectures and field excursions, the latter enabling each system to be examined first hand.

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One 2 hour lecture, one 1 hour tutorial, one 3 hour practical per week for 6 weeks


Assignment, presentation and quiz (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

This unit assumes a sound understanding of scientific principles, HSC level mathematics and understanding of basic statistics.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.