NIGK17014U  Coastal Geoscience

Volume 2017/2018
Education

MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics with a Minor Subject

Content

This competence-line course teaches state-of the art research within the field of Dynamics and Landscapes of Coastal Environments.

The course is separated into two parts running in parallel: One mainly focusing on coastal dynamics and processes while the other mainly focusses on the outcome of the dynamics/processes: The coastal environments.

Learning Outcome

Knowledge:

Hydrodynamic processes, sediment transport and morphological response (morphodynamics) in coastal environments, and the resulting landforms and landform assemblages. Topics include: Waves and currents; erosion and transport of sediments; beach and shoreface morphology; conceptual morphological models; stratigraphy and formation of coastal landscapes (barrier systems, beach ridge plains, tidal inlets, deltas); coastal profile development; coastal response to sea level rise and climate change.

 

Skills:

  • apply, evaluate and analyze methods, theory and data related to the course subjects.
  • gain an overview and understanding of research methodologies in the coastal environment
  • discuss data-sets from studies dealing with sediment transport and sedimentary deposits
  • carry out some basic calculations of problems within coastal processes and sediment transport
  • give a short, concise and well-illustrated oral presentation of a research problem (on the basis of scientific papers).
  • write a short, concise report on a selected topic aimed at colleagues within research or public institutions

 

Competences:

The aim of the course is to build and expand on topics taught on B.Sc. level and to gain a broad and coherent understanding of sediment transport, geomorphological processes and landforms in coastal environments. The students will be able to understand/appreciate coastal development over both short and long time spans and how (and why) changing boundary conditions (climate change; sea level change) affect these landscapes in the long term. This includes an appreciation of risks related to climate change along with possible adaptation strategies and measures.

At the end of the course the student will be able to critically evaluate both research methodologies and research results from coastal environments, to extract information from scientific publications and to translate this into coherent, professional-style oral presentations and a short, concise written report.

Please see Absalon

A BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent is recommended.
The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.
Credit
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, during course
Oral examination, 20 minutes
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Re-exam

Identical to ordinary exam.

The student has the following options:

Is the quality of the written assignment not acceptable, the student can choose to either hand in a new or revised report.

Is the quality of the written assignment acceptable, the student can choose to either hand in a revised report or resubmit the original report from the ordinary exam.

The written assignment must be handed in prior to the re-examination week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.

Criteria for exam assesment

Please see learning outcome.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • Total
  • 206