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GEOG474 Coastal Management

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

An advanced examination of coastal management in New Zealand and Australia. Emphasis is placed on issues associated with sandy coasts, including hazard management, invasive species, subdivision and development, and conservation management.

This paper will be of interest to both Arts and Science graduates who wish to advance their specific interests in coastal systems and costal management. It examines processes of coastal management in New Zealand and beyond. It also examines the impact of people on coastal systems, options for increasing coastal sustainability and resilience, and emerging themes in coastal management. The course focuses on certain issues – including coastal hazard management, invasive species management, the effect and effectiveness of engineering structures, planning for the global climate crisis – but also provides opportunities for students to explore their own interests.

Paper title Coastal Management
Paper code GEOG474
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,333.93
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,793.66

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PLAN 436
Students should have an undergraduate degree in Arts, Science or Commerce, ideally with a Geography component.
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Mike Hilton

Other staff: Associate Professor Wayne Stephenson

Paper Structure
  • Principles of coastal management
  • Coastal systems (particularly sandy coasts, rock coasts, storm surge and extreme events
  • Research Project - An in-depth investigation of a topic chosen by participants. The topic may have a physical or social/cultural emphasis

Assessment is 50% internal (on-going during the semester) and 50% external (final examination)

Teaching Arrangements
The paper is taught through lectures, field trips, seminars, individual research and a research project.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Readings on key topics are recommended.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should have developed
  • An advanced understanding of the geomorphic processes operating in the system of interest
  • A critical knowledge of the techniques and methods used to study these processes, including the methods of data analysis
  • An awareness of the management issues associated with the coasts of interest, of the relevance of science to the development of appropriate management interventions and of future research needs and opportunities in coastal geomorphology

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 11:00-12:50 9-12, 18-22