TBA4270 - Coastal Engineering


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home exam 100/100 4 hours

Course content

Ocean waves along the coast, wave statistics, wave refraction, wave diffraction, wave shoaling, wind and wave generation, tides and tidal currents, sand migration, coastal erosion and erosion control, erosion around structures due to waves and currents.

Learning outcome

Students should have knowledge about:
- The processes that affect ocean waves from deep water towards the coast.
- How we obtain the statistical data for ocean waves from measurements and / or data based on weather observations and wave calculations.
- Water level and water level changes along the coasts.
- Descriptive statistics and extreme value estimation in relation to coastal engineering in general and waves in particular.
- The relationship between waves, currents and sediment transport / erosion.
- Practical calculations of erosion.
- Coastal Dynamics
- Numerical methods for the calculation of large-scale wave propagation
- Numerical wave models for near-field wave modeling and wave load estimation
- Understanding of when to use which numerical wave model
- Estimation of design wave heights and wave loads for coastal and marine structures

Students will be able to:
- Calculate the effect varying bottom topography, breakwater openings and similar has on waves.
- Calculate sea state parameters (wave height, wave period, water levels), both in the short term and long-term perspective.
- Describe measurement systems for measuring waves.
- Calculating the tidal currents and sand transport in a harbor entrance.
- Assess the bedforms and their impact on sand transport under different wave and current conditions.
- Propose and evaluate measures to protect beaches from erosion due to waves and currents.
- Use the open-source spectral wave model SWAN
- Use the open-source wave model REEF3D::SFLOW for shallow water wave conditions and sediment transport
- Use the open-source wave model REEF3D::FNPF for deep water wave conditions

General competence:
The student has:
- A good basis to plan and carry out work in the coastal zone, with emphasis on the waves against the coast and sand transport and erosion.
- The foundation for being able to read and understand journal articles and other academic literature in this field; i.e. a basis for life-long learning in the field.
- Ability to judge when to involve more specialised experts.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, laboratory demonstrations and compulsory exercises.
The subject is taught in English. Exam language is English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises and laboratory demonstrations

Further on evaluation

Exam registration requires that course registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department. In case of a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

Parts from:
Leo H. Holthuijsen, 2007, Waves in Oceanic and Coastal Waters, Cambridge University Press.

Lecture notes and selected papers.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIB7070 7.5
TMR4230 3.7
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Port Engineering
  • Marine Civil Engineering
  • Building and construction technology
  • Numerical Mathematics
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Marine Hydrodynamics
  • Marine Topics
  • Technological subjects


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Home exam (1) 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home exam 100/100 INSPERA
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.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen. Please note that the exam form has changed as a preventive measure in the ongoing corona situation.

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