ENGRCEE 267 Ecology of Coastal Waters (2015-2016)

ENGRCEE 267 Ecology of Coastal Waters

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 267 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; Social Ecology E8 or CEE60) or consent of instructor. Concurrent with ENGRCEE 167. (Design units: 0)

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

Recommended Textbook:

Web based research and references

Sunny Jiang
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Understand the physical, chemical, and biological components and their interactions within a coastal environment.

2. Investigate ecological processes in order to understand the benefits of a healthy coastal ecosystem.

3. Examine the causes of coastal ecosystem degradation and strategies to restore the ecosystem balance.

4. Practice ecosystem health by understanding the critical links between science and policy actions.

5. Research specific topic on the coastal ecosystem health and report the finding through term paper.

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:

Powerpoint presentation tool, Word processing and Web search engines

Laboratory Projects:
  • Field survey of upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve;
  • Field survey of Crystal Cove intertidal zone;
  • Marine life inventory with Backbay Science Center
Professional Component
Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Midterm: 20%
  • Final: 20%
  • Field trip report: 30%
  • Final Term Paper: 30%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

June 11, 2015
Senate Approved:
November 10, 2014
Approved Effective:
2015 Fall Qtr