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CIVL8011 - Harbour & Coastal Engineering


Module Delivered in

Programme CodeProgrammeSemesterDelivery
CR_CSTRU_8Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Structural Engineering7Elective
CR_CSTRU_8Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Structural Engineering8Elective
CR_EENEN_8Certificate in Environmental and Energy Engineering2Elective

Short Title:Harbour & Coastal Engineering
Full Title:Harbour & Coastal Engineering
Module Code:CIVL8011
NFQ Level:Advanced
ECTS Credits:5.0
Module Coordinator:DES WALSH
Description:The student will study the principles and fundamentals of Coastal & Harbour Engineering. The module includes wave and water level analysis and an evaluation of coastal processes and coastal management techniques.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Determine design wave conditions
  2. Determine design water levels
  3. Evaluate coastal zone processes
  4. Evaluate coastal management measures
  5. Design coastal and harbour infrastructure
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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Incompatible Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
  • Introduction
    The coastal environment. Coastal and harbour engineering.
  • Wave Theory and Wave Transformations
    Linear wave theory, wave classification, wave energy and development, wave shoaling and refraction, wave diffraction, wave run-up, wave reflection, wave breaking, climate change impacts.
  • Water Level Variations
    Water level measurement, tidal datums, tide prediction, storm surge, climate change impacts, design water levels.
  • Coastal Zone Processes
    Beach sediment properties and analysis, beach profiles, longshore sediment transport, cross-shore sediment transport, aeolian transport, numerical modelling, sediment budget analysis. Coastal zone management. Case study.
  • Coastal Protection Techniques
    Rubble mound structures; design approach. Vertical sea walls: wave reflection analysis, wave forces. Floating structures. Beach nourishment. Alternative approaches. Modelling applications. Case study.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work20.0%
End of Semester Formal Examination80%
 Outcome addressed% of totalAssessment Date
Formal End-of-Semester Examination1,2,3,4,580%Semester End
Coursework Breakdown
TypeDescriptionOutcome addressed% of totalAssessment Date
Short Answer QuestionsWave and Water Level Analyses1,210.0Week 6
ProjectCoastal Design Project1,2,3,4,510.0Week 11
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

TypeDescriptionHoursFrequencyAverage Weekly Learner Workload
LectureTheory and Application3.0Every Week3.00
TutorialProblem Solving1.0Every Week1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact)Revision, Preparation of Assessment Material3.0Every Week3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours4.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • Sorensen, R.M. 2006, Basic Coastal Engineering, 3rd Ed., Springer Verlag New York Inc. [ISBN: 038723326]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Herbich, J.B. 2000, Handbook of Coastal Engineering, 1st Ed., McGraw Hill [ISBN: 0-07-134402-0]
  • Abbot, M.B., Price, W.A. 1994, Coastal, Estuarial and Harbour Engineers' Reference Book, 1st Ed., Chapman & Hall London [ISBN: 0 419 15430 2]
  • US Army Corps of Engineers 2006, Coastal Engineering Manual, 1st Ed.
  • CIRIA 2007, The Rock Manual. The use of rock in hydraulic engineering., 2nd Ed., CIRIA UK [ISBN: 0-86017-683-5]
Other Resources

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