Lectures: Wednesday 9.00am-11.00 am
Practicals: Wednesday 11am -3pm
Room: EMC-G220 Faculty PC Lab
Technology used and required
ENVS811 makes extensive use of iLearn for posting readings, slides and additional material that will be useful for assignments. Marks and feedback will also be delivered via iLearn. Turnitin will be used for submitting assignments. Access to the Internet and regular access to the unit’s iLearn website is essential in ENVS811.
It is generally expected that students will commit at least 3 hours per week per credit point in their studies. Thus, in addition to attending weekly classes for three hours, students in ENVS811 are expected to complete appropriate reading, research and other activities equivalent to at least 9 hours per week. Thus the total workload for this unit should be considered as a minimum of 12 hours per week throughout the semester. If you are unable to make this commitment to your study, then you should reconsider your decision to enrol – or reassess your priorities. For many students in the class, this unit is a core element of your studies and you should be aiming to secure as high a grade as possible. If you consider you face impediments in committing to this unit, please discuss your situation with Ian Goodwin.
Pre-requisites and co-requisites
There is no pre-requisite for entry into ENVS811, although entry into an approved program of study is assumed to be a motivation to learn in this area.
Unit content and expectations
The unit entails:
7 one day face to face lecture/field sessions
7 practical and workshop sessions, including a 1 day field trip
4 Research Task Reports that form the assessment, and satisfactory completion of the other 3 practical or workshop sessions
In order to maximise learning outcomes, students are expected to:
Attend at least 80% of classes.
Participate in class workshops and practical group exercises
Read essential readings
Complete all assessment tasks
There is a minimum reading requirement (essential reading) in this unit. Essential reading requirements will be provided week by week. You are also expected to read from the list below as a start for completing the assignments, as well as drawing on literature that you find from your own research especially journal articles.
General Reading List
These books contain specialist information on segments of the course. Use these references with the recommended textbook and scientific papers to consolidate material provided in lectures.
The following books are available online or are on reserve under the course GSE811:
Bird, C.F. 1996. Beach Management. Wiley, New York, 281pp.
Call Number: TC330 .B57/1996
Carter, R.W.G. & Woodroffe, C.D. 1994. Coastal Evolution. Late Quaternary shoreline morphodynamics. Cambridge University Press.
Call Number: QE501.4.P3 .C63
Charlier, R.H., DeMeyer, C.P. 1998. Coastal Erosion: Response and Management. Springer, Berlin, 343pp.
Call number: TC330 .C43/1998
Department of Climate Change, Australian Government 2009. Climate change risks to Australia’s coast. 168p. www.climatechange.gov.au/publications/coastline/climate-change-risks-to-australias-coasts.aspx
French, P.W. 2001. Coastal Defences: Processes, Problems and Solutions. Routledge, New York, 366pp.
Call number: TC330 .F74 2001
Harvey, N. and Caton, B. 2010. Coastal Management in Australia. University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide, 342pp.
PDF available free online from University of Adelaide Press: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/coastal/
Hotta, K., Dutton, I.M. 1995. Coastal Management in the Asia-Pacific Region : Issues and Approaches. Japan International Marine Science and Technology Federation, Tokyo.
Call Number: HC441 .C635/1995
Norton, T., Lefroy, T., Bailey, K., Unwin, G. 2008. Biodiversity: Integrating Conservation and Production. Case Studies from Australian Farms, Forests and Fisheries. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, p.272.
Call number: QH77.A8 B558 2008
NSW Government. 1990 and 2007. Coastline Management Manual. NSW Government Publisher. Available at: www.environment.gov.au/marine/manuals_reports/coast_manual/index.html
Silvester, R. & Hsu, J.R.C. 1997. Coastal Stabilization. World Scientific Publishing. 578 pages.
Call number: TC209 .S54/1997
Short, A.D. 1999. Handbook of Beach and Shoreface Morphodynamics. John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, UK. Call number: GB454.B3 .H35/1999
Steffen, W. 2009 Australia’s biodiversity and climate change. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, 236pp.
Call number: QH541.15.B56 A97 2009
Turner, L., Tracey, D., Tilden, J., Dennison, W. 2006. Where River Meets Sea
Exploring Australia’s Estuaries. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, 278pp.
Call number: QH541.5.E8 W53 2004
Underwood, A.J., Chapman, M.G. 1994. Coastal Marine Ecology of Temperate Australia. New South Wales University Press, Kensignton, 341pp.
Call number: QH541.5.S3 C57 1994
Valiela, I. 2006. Global Coastal Change. Blackwell Publishing, Malden, MA, USA, 368 pp.
Call number: GB451.2 .V35 2006
Viles, H. and Spencer, T. 1995. Coastal Problems: Geomorphology, Ecology and Society at the Coast. Arnold, London, U.K., 350 pp.
Woodroffe, C.D. 2003. Coasts: Form, Process and Evolution. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.
Call number: GB451.2 .W65 2003
Wright, J., Colling, A. & Park, D. 1999. Waves, Tides and Shallow-Water Processes. Butterworth Heinemann and Open University, Oxford and Milton Keynes, 228 pages.
Call number: GC211.2 .W38/1989
The following journals publish articles relevant to Coastal Management. Specific articles relevant to each lecture topic will be provided in class and additional reading can also be done through keyword searches in ISI Web of Knowledge through Macquarie University’s library database website.
Annual Review of Environment and Resources
Provides authoritative reviews of significant topics within environmental science and engineering, including ecology and conservation science, water and energy resources, atmosphere, oceans, climate change, agriculture and living resources, and human dimensions of resource use and global change.
Publishes articles spanning a diverse range of fields that contribute to the biological, sociological, and economic dimensions of conservation and natural resource management. Publishes papers that advance the science and practice of conservation, or which demonstrate the application of conservation principles for natural resource management and policy.
An applied research journal dedicated to exploring the technical, applied ecological, legal, political, social, and policy issues relating to the use of coastal and ocean resources and environments on a global scale. The journal presents timely information on management tools and techniques as well as recent findings from research and analysis that bear directly on management and policy.
Combining practical application with modern technological and scientific achievements, it publishes fundamental studies as well as case histories on the following aspects of coastal, harbour and offshore engineering: studies on waves and currents; coastal morphology; estuary hydraulics; harbour and offshore structures.
The journal publishes groundbreaking papers and is instrumental in defining the key issues contributing to the science and practice of conserving Earth’s biological diversity.
Open to research and discussion papers that integrate ecological science and concepts with their application and implications. Of special interest are papers that develop the basic scientific principles on which environmental decision-making should rest, and those that discuss the application of ecological concepts to environmental problem solving, policy, and management.
Estuaries and Coasts
It publishes original research on the hydrodynamics, hydrology, (geo)chemistry, geology, biology and their interactions in marine waters influenced by connectivity to land. The journal’s geographic scope includes coastal watersheds, tidal rivers, estuaries, lagoons, inland seas, wetlands, and near-shore coastal waters from polar to equatorial latitudes.
Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
The journal is an international multidisciplinary journal devoted to the analysis of saline water phenomena ranging from the outer edge of the continental shelf to the upper limits of the tidal zone. The journal provides a unique forum, unifying the multidisciplinary approaches to the study of the oceanography of estuaries, coastal zones, and continental shelf seas.
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
The journal focuses on current ecological issues and environmental challenges and is designed to appeal to readers from all aspects of ecology, environmental science, and related disciplines.
Global Environmental Change: Human and Policy Dimensions
The journal interprets global environmental change to mean the outcome of processes that are manifest in localities, but with consequences at multiple spatial, temporal and socio-political scales. It addresses issues of public policy, economics, equity, risk, and resilience, science policy, international development, and health and well-being.
Journal of Coastal Research
By covering the entire field of coastal research, the journal encompasses all subjects relevant to natural and engineered environments (freshwater, brackish, or marine) and the protection/management of their resources in the vicinity of coastlines of the world.
Journal of Coastal Conservation
The Journal of Coastal Conservation is a scientific journal for the dissemination of both theoretical and applied research on integrated and sustainable management of the terrestrial, coastal and marine environmental interface.
Journal of Environmental Management
The journal publishes original research for all aspects of management and the managed use of the environment, both natural and man-made.
Landscape and Urban Planning
A journal aimed at advancing conceptual, scientific, and applied understandings of landscape in order to promote sustainable solutions for landscape change.
This international journal reports on developments in the fields of marine geology, geochemistry and geophysics.
Marine Pollution Bulletin
The journal is concerned with the rational use of maritime and marine resources in estuaries, the seas and oceans, as well as with documenting marine pollution and introducing new forms of measurement and analysis. A wide range of topics are discussed as news, comment, reviews and research reports, not only on effluent disposal and pollution control, but also on the management, economic aspects and protection of the marine environment in general.
Ocean and Coastal Management
The journal is dedicated to the study of all aspects of ocean and coastal management at international, national, regional, and local levels. The different disciplines may range from the natural and physical sciences to the social sciences, policy analysis, economics, and law.
Publishes in the following areas of research: theoretical oceanography; computational oceanography; observational oceanography ( including all aspects of monitoring the state of the ocean); and articles with an interdisciplinary character that encompass research in the fields of biological, chemical and physical oceanography.
Ocean Science Journal
Aims to achieve the advancement and dissemination of information in the field of oceanography. Publishes on all fields of oceanography including physical oceanography, biological oceanography/marine biology, chemical oceanography/marine chemistry, geological oceanography/marine geology, and marine pollution.
Shore and Beach
The journal strives to publish high-quality papers that contribute to the knowledge base necessary for sound coastal decision-making and the important contemporary debates concerning shores and beaches everywhere. Content includes coastal scientific, economic, social, and political findings, coastal observations, and editorials.
Assessment of your performance in GSE811 is based on four research task assignments that will be based on the in-class practical and workshop topics, together with your own research and report writing. You will be provided with written instructions for each assignment in class. All assignments must be completed and receive a minimum of a pass to receive a passing grade in ENVS811.
Submitting your assignments:
Research Task assignments 1,2, 3, and 4 must be submitted on (or before) 9.00am on the due date listed.
Assignments must be submitted using www.turnitin.com. When you are submitting via turnitin you don’t have to sign the declaration or include the cover sheet at this stage. All students must put their name and student number in the document somewhere else (e.g. first page, footer/header) so it can be identified when printed out.
All students must keep a clean electronic copy of their assignment.
Please note that the penalty for late submission of assignments is 10% per day or part thereof, calculated from 9:00am on the due date listed. Extensions must be requested in writing at least 1 week before due date (in normal circumstances) to Ian Goodwin. Please talk to (or email) Ian about any circumstances that affect your assignments before the due date.
CHANGES MADE IN THIS UNIT FROM 2015
The course content has been revised since 2015.