Module Description : Offshore and Coastal Engineering
Module Code(s) : CEGEG029 CEGE0023
Module Coordinator : Richard Simons
Outline :
This module focusses on the engineering concerns specific to the regions of the ocean near the coastline. It covers marine hydrodynamics and techniques to model waves, erosion and other coastal processes. The coursework project will relate to topics such as the design of coastal or offshore port facilities, options for use of an area of seabed, design of offshore renewable energy facilities and coastal defence planning for a region of the UK. The course includes a one-day field trip to the Sussex coast.
Aims And Learning Outcomes :

​At the end of the course, students should be able to: 

  • derive 1st order theory for oscillatory water waves;
  • calculate the effects of wave refraction, shoaling, reflection, diffraction;
  • explain the strengths and weaknesses of other wave theories;
  • name various instruments for measuring waves in the sea and explain strengths and weaknesses;
  • analyse wave data to determine parameters describing wave height and period;
  • predict extreme wave events for design purposes from wave data;
  • know how to predict tide levels, changes in Mean Sea Level, storm surge, and tidal currents;
  • calculate scales for hydraulic modelling and be aware of scale effects;
  • explain the capabilities and weaknesses of computer modelling for coastal processes;
  • understand the processes of cliff recession and coastal morphology;
  • understand beach processes, sediment transport and scour;
  • explain the role of DEFRA, Environment Agency, and local authorities in coastal management;
  • explain what is in a Shoreline Management Plan;
  • outline options for coastal defence;
  • design basic coastal structures;
  • explain licensing procedures for and environmental impacts of marine aggregate dredging.


Pre- And Co- Requisites :
Pre-requisite(s) for this module: basic understanding of fluid mechanics, differentiation and integration
Assessment :

Examination Details

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • No. questions on paper: 5
  • No. of questions to be attempted: 3
  • Exam contributes 50% of module marks
Coursework Details
  • Report on Coastal Field Trip
  • Design/review exercise
  • Report on laboratory visit
  • Coursework contributes 50% of module marks


Reading List :

Kamphuis JW. 2010 ,Introduction to Coastal Engineering and Management (World Scientific)

Reeve D, Chadwick A and Fleming CA. 2004 , Coastal Engineering: Processes, Theory and Design Practice (EFN Spon)

Muir Wood A and Fleming CA. 1981 , Coastal Hydraulics (McMillan)

Sorensen R. 2005 , Basic Coastal Hydraulics (Springer-Verlag New York Inc)

Sarpkaya T and Isaacson M. 1981 , Mechanics of wave forces on offshore structures ,(van Nostrand Reinhart)

Whitehouse RJS. 1998 , Scour at Marine Structures (Thomas Telford)

Dean RG and Dalrymple RA. 2004 , Coastal Processes with Engineering Applications (Cambridge University Press)