BA8403 - Advanced Topics in Port and Coastal Engineering


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 60/100 1 hours E
Assignments 40/100

Course content

The course is taught as needed in agreement with professor in charge. Based on the student's prior knowledge, extended knowledge in breadth and depth on topics such as waves in deep and shallow water; sand transport, erosion and sedimentation; dredging disposal and land reclamation; coastal structures; port hydraulics and approach channels and port planning, are further developed. Detailed content of the course can largely be adapted to the students' interest and background.

Learning outcome

The course shall develop knowledge and competences both broadly and in depth, within selected central issues in port and coastal engineering.


Students should have knowledge of:

  • To abstract a problem and make engineering assessments and do calculations within their specialty
  • Description and modelling of physical environmental conditions and/or environmental loads related to waves, ice, currents and wind in terms of safety for humans and the environment
  • Projected climate change and possible consequences for the structure and activity along the coast


The student should be able to:

  • Model (plan and execute) hydrodynamic processes within the field of coastal and harbour engineering (numerical modelling and/or physical modelling in lab)
  • Plan and conduct field experiments for the determination of empirical data
  • Evaluate the relevance of empirical data in relation to a practical problem

General competence:

The student has:

  • Expertise to conduct independent reviews of engineering problems in his/her respective specialization
  • The basis for evaluating different models and select the appropriate model for a practical problem
  • Using the combination of physical measurements in the field / lab and/or results from numerical / theoretical models for decision-making for engineering assessments in the field of Marine Civil engineering

Learning methods and activities

The exercise part is a project work on a topic approved by the professor in charge. Part of the course will be taken as a self study. The lectures and exercises are in English when students who do not speak Norwegian take the course. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required both for the project work and for the oral exam.

Further on evaluation

Exercises: 40/100. Oral examination 60/100. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required for each part of the assessment. Support material code: E

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to a relevant PhD program at NTNU. If you wish to follow the course the semester it runs, but are not affiliated with the PhD programme in Engineering, please contact

Course materials

Excerpts from central textbooks in the fields of Port and coastal engineering, e.g.: C. A. Thoresen: Port Designer's Handbook,3rd edition, ICE publishing, Thomas Telford Ltd, 2014. Y.C. Kim: Coastal and Ocean Engineering in Practice, world Scientific,2012. Y. Goda: Random Seas and Design of Maritime Structures, 3rd edition, World Scietific,2010. J. van der Meer and Sigurdur Sigurdarson: Design and construction of Berm Breakwaters, World Scientific, 2017. L.H. Holthuijsen: Waves in Oceanic and Coastal Waters, Cambridge University Press, 2007. D.E. Newland: An Introduction to Random Vibrations, Spectral & Wavelet Analyses, Longman,Dover Publications John B. Herbich: Handbook of Coastal Engineering. McGraw Hill, 2000. Selected chapters and papers from recent published material.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  10.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Port Engineering
  • Marine Civil Engineering
  • Ocean-wave Physics
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Marine Hydrodynamics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignments 40/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral examination 60/100 E 2023-12-15 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignments 40/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 60/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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