UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Professional Engineering

This course is a professionally accredited engineering degree for students who have completed undergraduate studies in engineering. Students specialise in a program of engineering and undertake advanced engineering technical units, a design and a research project, and professional units. The course, designed in consultation with industry, equips graduates with both outstanding technical skills and the ability to work creatively as part of a team across the breadth of an engineering challenge.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Professional Engineering
Award abbreviationMPE
Course code62550
Course typeprofessional practice master's degree
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
CRICOS code074099E
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
ArticulationThe Master of Professional Engineering has the following exit awards: 60260 Graduate Certificate in Engineering (24 points), 60330 Graduate Diploma in Engineering (48 points)
Credit points required144
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 96 points of taught units and 48 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration3 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 144 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Professional accreditationMaster of Professional Engineering is accredited by: Engineers Australia (EA); Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE); and Australian Computer Society (ACS).
Time limit5 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Michael Johns

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Note: Students are advised to refer to the recommended study guides available on the ECM website.

Students who have not completed a major in Engineering Science major from this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, must complete conversion units up to the value of 48 points.

Take all units (24 points):

Note: Students who commenced the course prior to 2014 should contact the Student Experience Office to obtain a study plan.
S1, S2GENG5505Project Management and Engineering Practice
S1, S2GENG5507Risk, Reliability and Safety
S1, S2GENG5511Engineering Research Project Part 1
S1, S2GENG5512Engineering Research Project Part 2

Chemical Engineering specialisation

Take all units (48 points):

S1CHPR4404Advanced Thermodynamics
S1CHPR4405Particle Mechanics and Solids Handling
S2CHPR4406Reaction Engineering
S2CHPR4407Transport Phenomena
S1CHPR5501Advanced Reaction Engineering and Catalysts
S1CHPR5551Chemical Engineering Design Project 1
S2CHPR5552Chemical Engineering Design Project 2
S2GENG4402Control Engineering

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

Group A

NSCHPR5520Combustion Science and Technology
S1CHPR5521Gas Processing 1—Flow Assurance and Gathering
S2CHPR5522Gas Processing 2—Treating and LNG Production
S2GENG4405Numerical Methods and Modelling

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

Group B

NSELEC5506Process Instrumentation and Control
S2ENVE4401Contaminant Fate and Transport
S1GENG4403Extractive Metallurgy
S1GENG4407Advanced Engineering Mathematics
S2GENG4408Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
S1GENG5503Modern Control Systems
S2GENG5504Petroleum Engineering
S2GENG5506Renewable Energy
S2SVLG5003Transdisciplinary Service Learning and Design

Civil Engineering specialisation

Take all units (48 points):

S1CIVL4401Applied Geomechanics
S1CIVL4402Civil Hydraulics
S2CIVL4403Structural Concrete
S1CIVL4404Structural Steel
S1CIVL5551Civil Engineering Design Project 1
S1, S2CIVL5552Civil Engineering Design Project 2
S2GENG4405Numerical Methods and Modelling
S1GENG5514Finite Element Methods

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

Group A

S2CIVL5501Structural Dynamics
S1CIVL5502Transportation Engineering
NSCIVL5503Underground Construction
NSCIVL5504Offshore Geomechanics
S2CIVL5505Introduction to Design of Offshore Systems
S1ENVE4402Hydrology
S1GENG5501Coastal and Offshore Engineering
S2GENG5502Environmental Geotechnics
S2SVLG5003Transdisciplinary Service Learning and Design

Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation

Take all units (48 points):

S1ELEC4401Circuits and Electronic Systems
NSELEC4402Communications Systems
S2ELEC4403Digital and Embedded Systems
S1ELEC4404Signal Processing
S1ELEC5551Electrical and Electronic Engineering Design Project 1
S2ELEC5552Electrical and Electronic Engineering Design Project 2
S2GENG4402Control Engineering
S1GENG4407Advanced Engineering Mathematics

Take units to a total value of 24 points from Group A or take units to a total value of 18 points from Group A and 6 points from Group B:

Group A

S2ELEC5501Advanced Communications
S2ELEC5502Analogue Electronics
S1ELEC5503Digital Microelectronics System Design
S1ELEC5504Power Electronics
S2ELEC5505Power System Analysis
NSELEC5506Process Instrumentation and Control
N/AELEC5507Optical Engineering, Photonics and Biomedical Imaging Systems
S1ELEC5508Semiconductor Nanoelectronics
S1GENG5503Modern Control Systems
S2GENG5506Renewable Energy
S2GENG5508Robotics

Take units to a total value of 24 points from Group A or take units to a total value of 18 points from Group A and 6 points from Group B:

Group B

S1CITS4402Computer Vision
S2CITS4404Artificial Intelligence and Adaptive Systems
S2CITS4419Mobile and Wireless Computing
S2GENG4405Numerical Methods and Modelling
S2GENG4408Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
S1GENG5514Finite Element Methods
S1SCIE5516Materials Characterisation for Bioengineering Applications
S2SVLG5003Transdisciplinary Service Learning and Design

Environmental Engineering specialisation

Take all units (48 points):

S2ENVE4401Contaminant Fate and Transport
S1ENVE4402Hydrology
S1ENVE4403Fluid Transport, Mixing and Dispersion
S1ENVE4405Ecological Engineering
S2ENVE5551Environmental Engineering Design Project 1
S1ENVE5552Environmental Engineering Design Project 2
S2GENG4405Numerical Methods and Modelling
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

Group A

S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
NSENVE5502Wastewater Engineering: Treatment and Resource Recovery
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
S1GENG4407Advanced Engineering Mathematics
S1GENG5501Coastal and Offshore Engineering
S2GENG5502Environmental Geotechnics
S2GENG5506Renewable Energy
NSMINE4406Geotechnology of Mine Waste
S2SVLG5003Transdisciplinary Service Learning and Design

Mechanical Engineering specialisation

Take all units (60 points):

S2GENG4402Control Engineering
S2GENG4405Numerical Methods and Modelling
S1GENG5514Finite Element Methods
S2MECH4424Measurement and Noise
S1MECH4426Dynamics, Vibration and Sound
S1MECH4428Degradation of Materials
S1MECH4429Applied Engineering Thermodynamics
S2MECH5502Analysis and Design of Machine Components
S1MECH5551Mechanical Engineering Design Project 1
S2MECH5552Mechanical Engineering Design Project 2

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

Group A

S1CHPR4405Particle Mechanics and Solids Handling
S2CHPR4407Transport Phenomena
S2CIVL5505Introduction to Design of Offshore Systems
S2ELEC4403Digital and Embedded Systems
S1ENVE4405Ecological Engineering
S1GENG4403Extractive Metallurgy
S2GENG4408Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
S1GENG5501Coastal and Offshore Engineering
S1GENG5503Modern Control Systems
S2GENG5504Petroleum Engineering
S2GENG5506Renewable Energy
S2GENG5508Robotics
S1MECH5501Advanced Vibration and Sound
S2MECH5504Design and Failure Analysis of Materials
S1SCIE5516Materials Characterisation for Bioengineering Applications
S2SVLG5003Transdisciplinary Service Learning and Design

Mining Engineering specialisation

Take all units (54 points):

S2GENG5502Environmental Geotechnics
S1MINE4401Underground Mining 1
S2MINE4404Rock Mechanics
S1MINE4405Mineral Resources
NSMINE4406Geotechnology of Mine Waste
S1MINE4503Surface Mining
S1MINE5501Mining Management
S2MINE5502Underground Mining 2
S1MINE5552Mining Engineering Design Project 2

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Group A

S2MINE5551Mining Engineering Design Project 1
S2SVLG5003Transdisciplinary Service Learning and Design

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

Group B

S1, S2ACCT5432Introductory Financial Accounting
S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
S1, S2ECON5541Economics for Business: Applications and Policy
S1EMPL5412Employment Relations
N/AEMPL5415Globalisation and Organisational Change
S1EMPL5511International Employment Relations
S1GENG4403Extractive Metallurgy
S2GENG4405Numerical Methods and Modelling
S1, S2HRMT5504Introduction to Human Resource Management
S1, S2MGMT5507Management and Organisations
S2MGMT5508Organisational Behaviour and Leadership

Software Engineering specialisation

Take all units (66 points):

S1CITS4401Software Requirements and Design
S1CITS4402Computer Vision
S1CITS4403Computational Modelling
S2CITS4404Artificial Intelligence and Adaptive Systems
S2CITS4419Mobile and Wireless Computing
S1CITS5501Software Testing and Quality Assurance
S2CITS5502Software Processes
S2CITS5503Cloud Computing
S1, S2CITS5551Software Engineering Design Project 1
S1, S2CITS5552Software Engineering Design Project 2
S2ELEC4403Digital and Embedded Systems

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Group A

S1CITS4008Scientific Communication
S2GENG4402Control Engineering
S2GENG4405Numerical Methods and Modelling
S2GENG5508Robotics
S2SVLG5003Transdisciplinary Service Learning and Design

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree with a major in Engineering Science, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;1 or

(b) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent; and

(ii) prior studies in engineering, physics or mathematics;

or

(c) completed units in the Master of Professional Engineering Preliminary course at UWA as prescribed by the Faculty;

or

(d) completed a UWA Diploma in Science with a major in Engineering Science with an average of at least 60 per cent.

1 Students who commenced Engineering Science from 2015 and who are not in the Direct Pathway are required to achieve a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent in their bachelor's degree.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 60260 Graduate Certificate in Engineering (24 points)
  • 60330 Graduate Diploma in Engineering (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Professional Engineering course before completing it, but after completing course core units and/or specialisation-specific units to the value of 24 points, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Engineering.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Professional Engineering course before completing it, but after completing course core units and/or specialisation-specific units to the value of 48 points, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Engineering.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 144 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 48 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

  • SP-ECHEM Chemical Engineering
  • SP-ECIVI Civil Engineering
  • SP-EELEC Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • SP-EENVI Environmental Engineering
  • SP-EMECH Mechanical Engineering
  • SP-EMINI Mining Engineering
  • SP-ESOFT Software Engineering

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a major in Engineering Science from this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 48 points.

Satisfactory progress

8.(1) Subject to (2), to make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) A student who fails a unit twice is not permitted to enrol again in that unit unless the Faculty approves otherwise.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who make satisfactory progress are assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) students who do not make satisfactory progress under Rule 6 for the first time are assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) students who do not make satisfactory progress under Rule 6 for the second time are assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) students who do not make satisfactory progress under Rule 6 for the third time are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Professional practicum

13.(1) Students are required to complete at least 450 hours of suitable practical experience as approved by the Faculty.

(2) With the support of the Faculty, students are expected to make their own arrangements for practical experience.

(3) The Faculty may, on written application by a student and on production of satisfactory evidence, accept work completed by the student prior to acceptance into the course as fulfilling the requirements of (1).

(4) Students must submit an online portfolio (GENG5010 Professional Engineering Portfolio2) at the end of their final semester of study in the Master of Professional Engineering. The portfolio must refer to the practicum work completed under (1) and/or (3) above and demonstrate the student's attainment of the sixteen elements of competency outlined in the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineer. Students may also refer to coursework activities in their portfolio. Certificates of Work Performed and other evidence must be included.

2 Students are automatically enrolled in GENG5010 Professional Engineering Portfolio during their final semester of study in the Master of Professional Engineering. They may, however, contribute material to their portfolio at any time during their studies.

Substitution

14. Where a student has completed relevant studies in a course accredited by Engineers Australia, the Faculty may permit or require a student to substitute for specialisation specific units other units available within the course up to a value of 24 points, provided that no more than 48 points are completed at Level 4.

Admissions/enrolment-related rules

15. Students who have not completed WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D, Physics 3A/3B, or equivalent are required to take additional preparatory units, and may not be able to complete in a full-time enrolment.