ENGRCEE 167 Ecology of Coastal Waters (2013-2014)

ENGRCEE 167 Ecology of Coastal Waters

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for EnE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 167 Ecology of Coastal Waters (Credit Units: 4) Examines the ecological processes of the coastal environment. Investigates the causes of coastal ecosystem degradation and strategies to restore the ecosystem balance or prevent further coastal ecosystem health degradation. Prerequisite: Chemistry 1A-B and Social Ecology E8 or CEE60. Environmental Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. Concurrent with ENGRCEE 267. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0865425507.

Recommended Textbook:

Web based research and references

Sunny Jiang
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC b, EAC c, EAC g, EAC h, EAC j.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Learn coastal ecosystems processes and interpret the interactions between biological component and their environment. (EAC a)

2. Examine the causes of coastal ecosystem degradation and develop strategies to restore ecosystem balance and prevent further degradation. (EAC a)

3. Conduct field survey of estuarine, open coast and rocky shore ecosystem to analyze and interpret data. (EAC b, EAC g)

4. Understand the primary production, consumers and cycling of nutrient and element in the coastal environment. (EAC a)

5. Learn the impact of engineering solutions in a global, environmental and societal context. (EAC h)

6. Gain knowledge of contemporary issues. (EAC j)

7. Design an urban runoff diversion project to meet the need of coastal water pollution prevention and the protection of natural estuarine system. (EAC c)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • General Chemistry
  • Basic analytical techniques for investigating environmental systems.
Lecture Topics:
  • Estuarine Systems- Marsh, Mangrove, Seagrass (Week 1 & 2)
  • Special Topic: Harmful Algal Bloom (Week 3)
  • Open Coastal systems- Rocky Shore (Week 4)
  • Ecosystem field trip at Newport Bay (Week 5)
  • Special topic on coastal erosion (Week 6)
  • Open coastal systems- Sandy Beach and Coral Reef (Week 7)
  • Shelf System (Week 8)
  • Special Topic- Urban development and point/non-point source pollution. (Week 9)
  • Special Topic- Recreational health risk at marine beaches (Week 10)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Power-point presentation tool, Word Processing.

Laboratory Projects:

Field survey of upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve.

Professional Component

Contributes to the Engineering Topics courses of Environmental Engineering major.

Design Content Description


Lectures: 80%
Laboratory Portion: 20%
Grading Criteria:
  • Midterm: 40%
  • Final: 40%
  • Field trip Report: ¬ 20%
  • Total: 100%¬
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

July 17, 2012
Senate Approved:
January 8, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr