ECTS - Design of Coastal Structures

Design of Coastal Structures (CE433) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Design of Coastal Structures CE433 3 0 0 3 6
Pre-requisite Course(s)
CE307 – Fluid Mechanics
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Question and Answer, Problem Solving.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yakup DARAMA
Course Assistants
Course Objectives Introduce the basics of coastal engineering and the basic principles of design of coastal structures. To give an overview of coastal structures design practices in Turkey.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Students will have an understanding of the coastal system and the coastal processes.
  • Students will learn the Small Amplitude Wave Theory.
  • Students will be able to calculate the wave characteristics at any depth through wave transformations.
  • Students will be able to find the representative wave characteristics through statistical analysis of wave data.
  • Students will be able to apply their knowledge in the design of coastal structures.
Course Content Introduction to coastal engineering, wave parameters and classification, wave transformation, wave generation and statistical analysis, design wave selection, wave-structure interactions, design of harbor structures, coastal sedimentation, design of shore protection structures, planning and design of coastal structures in Turkey.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 - Introduction to coastal engineering and coastal systems - Coastal Processes, - Water waves - Review of hyperbolic functions 1-16 43-57 Handout
2 - Small Amplitude Wave Theory - Basic wave parameters - Basic wave equations - Particle velocities and orbits 58-71
3 - Small Amplitude Wave Theory - Wave pressure - Wave Energy 72-82
4 Wave Shoaling 82-90 & 98-99
5 Wave Reflection Wave Refraction 91-97 & 100-110
6 - Wave Diffraction - Breakwater layout 111-134
7 - Wave Breaking - Wave breaking formulas - Wave run-up and wave run-down - Wave set-up 135-148
8 - Ocean Waves - Statistical properties of sea state - Statistical distribution of wave height and period - Energy Histogram and spectrum 149-158
9 - Ocean Waves - Wind wave generation - Wind wave prediction - Energy Histogram and spectrum 159-174
10 - Coastal Sediment Transport - Wave induced sediment transport - Longshore sediment transport 181-192
11 - Coastal Protection - Coastal Structures - Measures against erosion 193-208
12 - Design of rubble mound breakwaters - Hudson Equation - Van der Meer Equation 209-229 Handouts
13 - Vertical wall breakwaters - Wave forces on vertical walls - Goda’s Formula 230-245
14 Planning and design processes of coastal structures in Turkey Handouts
15 Final Exam Period
16 Final Exam Period


Course Book 1. Ergin, A., Coastal Engineering, 1st edition, 2009, METU Press, Ankara.
Other Sources 2. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Coastal Engineering Manual, Online source.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 2 60
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 3 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Adequate knowledge in mathematics, science and engineering subjects pertaining to the relevant discipline; ability to use theoretical and applied knowledge in these areas in the solution of complex engineering problems. X
2 Ability to formulate, and solve complex engineering problems; ability to select and apply proper analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. X
3 Ability to design a complex system, process, device or product under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; ability to apply modern design methods for this purpose. X
4 Ability to select and use modern techniques and tools needed for analyzing and solving complex problems encountered in engineering practice; ability to employ information technologies effectively. X
5 Ability to design and conduct experiments, gather data, analyze and interpret results for investigating complex engineering problems or discipline specific research questions.
6 Ability to work efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; ability to work individually.
7 Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; knowledge of a minimum of one foreign language; ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions.
8 Awareness of the need for lifelong learning; ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continue to educate him/herself.
9 Knowledge on behavior according ethical principles, professional and ethical responsibility and standards used in engineering practices.
10 Knowledge about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; awareness in entrepreneurship, innovation; knowledge about sustainable development. X
11 Knowledge about the global and social effects of engineering practices on health, environment, and safety, and contemporary issues of the century reflected into the field of engineering; awareness of the legal consequences of engineering solutions. X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 4 56
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 2 12 24
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 22 22
Total Workload 150