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GG3271 Coastal Processes

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Availability restrictions:Offered on a two year cycle
Planned timetable:11.00 am - 1.00 pm Tue

The majority of the world's population live in close proximity to the coastal zone. Coastal processes are highly dynamic and sensitive to external drivers, including long-term climate change and anthropogenic activities. Understanding these systems is important for developing appropriate coastal management strategies. Coasts (and coastal processes) therefore represent an excellent opportunity to study the interactions between humans and their physical environment. The module aims to enhance students' understanding of environment-shaping processes and to offer advanced field-based training in the coastal environment. Including practical classes and an obligatory, reasonably priced, weekend field excursion, it encourages students to think about the ways in which process knowledge can inform coastal management.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all degrees involving Geography

UG Pre-requisite(s):(GG2011 and GG2012) or (SD2001 and SD2002)
UG Anti-requisite(s):GG3067

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:Weekly lectures.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 30
  • Guided independent study: 170

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof W E N Austin
Module teaching staff:Prof W E N Austin