• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Coasts are at the interface of terrestrial and marine systems, and as such are highly dynamic, diverse, and rich in resources, but also increasingly coming under the pressure of development.  In the past, the study of interactions between natural and anthropogenic systems has tended to concentrate on inland areas due to the interest in exploiting mineral and agricultural resources.  However, as development expands across our coastal zones, awareness of the value and diversity of these systems is emerging in response to their actual and potential degradation.  This course will provide you with an understanding of how coasts have formed from a geological perspective, what processes operate that define the coastal landscape, what the sedimentological, geomorphological, geochemical and hydrological characteristics are of beach and estuarine systems, and how these are modified by human activities.

This course includes a 5 days field trip to Merimbula. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand and describe how geology and geomorphology and ocean dynamics exert controls on coastal form and process
  2. Understand and describe the impact of anthropogenic activities on coastal processes
  3. Undertake field and laboratory based measurement and/or analyses involving surveying, and hydrology
  4. Understand how measurements in aqueous geochemistry can be used to interpret relationships between terrestrial and marine waters.

Other Information

This course includes a 5 days field trip to Merimbula. The field trip is expected to be held in the week before Semester 1 begins. Students are required to pay a contribution towards the cost of the field trip, approximately $260 (excluding food). Payment may be made at the Front Counter, College of Science (Bld 42), or online at ScienceShop http://scienceshop.anu.edu.au/

A quota of 23 applies to this course. If you are interested in enrolling please contact either the course convener or emailing student.admin.rses@anu.edu.au.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Major research report (50%; LO 1,2,3,4)
  • Theory examination (50%; LO 1,2,4)

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Twenty five contact hours of lectures and practical work in the first week (5 days), and 40 hours of field work in the second week (5 days) on the NSW south coast.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed EMSC6028.

You will need to contact the Research School of Earth Sciences to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Woodroffe, C. (2005) Coasts: form, process and evolution, CUP.

Assumed Knowledge

Requires 72 units towards a degree





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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3276
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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