Course overview

Description

Offshore and coastal engineering provides the foundation for global prosperity linked to the Blue Economy, with a focus on developing innovative solutions to engineering challenges in dynamic ocean and coastal environments. Examples include the design of offshore energy infrastructure (including marine renewables); vessels; ports and harbours; and diverse coastal infrastructure (including coastal protection structures). The Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering (MOCE) prepares graduates from engineering backgrounds with the knowledge and practical skills required to lead innovation in offshore and coastal engineering. The course integrates disciplinary knowledge across the whole water column, from oceanography, hydrodynamics, structural and geotechnical engineering, and data science, to provide students with the multidisciplinary knowledge and practical skills required to analyse and design different ocean engineering solutions. Students will develop detailed knowledge into how dynamic ocean processes impact offshore and coastal structures from the seabed to the water surface, and from coastal regions to deep waters. The MOCE program is unique in its content and is designed to prepare graduates for a wide range of ocean-related career pathways.

Course title
Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering (coursework)
Award abbreviation
MOCE
Course code
62570
Course type
Master's degree by coursework only
Status
Current / 2023
Administered by
Oceans Graduate School
CRICOS code
110776C

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
Full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1 year at the minimal volume of learning [BEng(Hon) from specific majors] full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the School
Maximum course duration
2 years at the maximum volume of learning full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
Internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Ryan Lowe
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

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

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1
Semester 1
S2
Semester 2
N/A
not available in 2023 – may be available in 2024 or 2025
NS
non-standard teaching period

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

Students who have not completed Master of Professional Engineering or a Bachelor of Engineering(Honours), or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA. must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group, as advised by the School(s):

Note: Students entering with a cognate honours degree or equivalent are eligible for up to 24 points of advanced standing. Additional units may be
required on the advice of the Course Coordinator. Students can take GENG2010 Principles of Hydraulics OR GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1GENG2004Solid Mechanics
Prerequisites
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
Incompatibility
ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
in-class lectures (including continuous assessment): 3 hours per week; practical classes: 2 hours per week
S1GENG2009Principles of Geomechanics
Prerequisites
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
and PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
Incompatibility
ENSC3009 Geomechanics
lectures: 3 hours per week; practice sessions: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
S2GENG2010Principles of Hydraulics
Prerequisites
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
Incompatibility
ENSC3010 Hydraulics
lectures: 3 hours per week; practical classes: 3 hours per week; labs: 6 hours per semester
S2GENG2012Data Collection and Analysis
Prerequisites
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
and CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
Incompatibility
ENSC3012 Data Collection and Analysis
lectures: 3 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week

Take all units (36 points):

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1GENG5501Coastal and Offshore Engineering
Prerequisites
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering
or 62570 Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering
or
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 120 Points and ( GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics
or GENG2010 Principles of Hydraulics
NSOCEN4008Physical Oceanography
Prerequisites
Enrolment in 71590 Master of Oceanography
or 62570 Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering
or

Successful completion of
( ENVT3307 Oceanography
or ENSC3010 Hydraulics
or ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics

or CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
or CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
)
2 x 4 hour workshops per week for 6 weeks
NSOCEN4010Ocean Observational Methods and Modelling
Prerequisites
Enrolment in 71590 Master of Oceanography
or 62570 Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering
or
( ENVT3307 Oceanography
or ENSC3010 Hydraulics
or ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics
and
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
or CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
)
2 x 4 hour workshops per week for 6 weeks
NSOCEN5002Ocean Engineering and TechnologyNone
S2OCEN5004Design of Coastal Structures
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
62570 Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering
and GENG5501 Coastal and Offshore Engineering
2 x 3 hr workshops per week for 6 weeks
S2OCEN5005Advanced Design of Offshore Systems
Prerequisites
GENG5501 Coastal and Offshore Engineering
Incompatibility
CIVL5505 Design of Offshore Energy Facilities
Lectures: 2 x 2 hr lecture per week Workshop/practical classes: 1 x 2 hr workshop per week

Take unit(s) to the value of between 36-60 points from this group, with at least two units at level 5.

Note: OCEAN5411/12 Offshore and Coastal Engineering Research Project Part 1/2 are taken by invitation.

Group A
AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1CIVL4401Applied Geomechanics
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation
or Mining Engineering specialisation)
or 62570 Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering
49 (lectures: 20 hours; seminars: 13 hours; practical classes: 12 hours; labs: 4 hours)
S2CIVL5501Structural Dynamics
Prerequisites
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation)
or 62570 Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering
or
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 120 Points
and GENG2004 Solid Mechanics
lectures: 39 hours; practical classes: 26 hours
S2CIVL5504Offshore Geomechanics
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation)
and CIVL4401 Applied Geomechanics

or
Enrolment in
62570 Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering
and CIVL4401 Applied Geomechanics

or
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 120 Points
and GENG2004 Solid Mechanics and ( GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics
or GENG2010 Principles of Hydraulics
)
56 hours
NSEART4415Coastal Hazards and Adaptation
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
71590 Master of Oceanography
or 72530 Master of Environmental Science
or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership
or HON-MARSC Marine Science
2 x 4 hour blocks of contact hours per week for six weeks; up to 2 x one day fieldtrips
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
Incompatibility
Unit(s) GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems (ID 1384)
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours. This includes podcasts for viewing and reading to be undertaken prior to attending one compulsory 3-hour workshop per week where students will be contributing to interactive discussions together with practical lab work using GIS software. Completion of the practical workshop labs is necessary to enable skills for completing written unit assessment. Independent learning is required throughout the unit.
N/AENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
Prerequisites
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
or completion of 12 points at Level 4 or equivalent or higher,
or approval of unit coordinator
Incompatibility
EART3331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management.
EART8331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
3 hours per week (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
S1, S2GENG5505Project Management and Engineering Practice
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering
or Enrolment in
62510 Master of Information Technology
or Enrolment in
62530 Master of Data Science
or Enrolment in
62540 Master of Ocean Leadership
or Enrolment in
62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy
or Enrolment in 62570 Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering
or
Enrolment in
( Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree

and Successful completion of
120 Points )
lectures: 26 hours; practical classes: 13 hours
S1, S2GENG5507Risk, Reliability and Safety
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering
or 62510 Master of Information Technology
or 62520 Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
or 62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy
or
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and Successful completion of
96 points
and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
lectures: 2 hour per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; workshops: 3 hours per week
NSGEOS4413Climate Geoscience
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
HON-GEOGY Geology
or HON-MARSC Marine Science
or HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
or 72550 Master of Geoscience
or 72540 Master of Hydrogeology
or 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience
or 71590 Master of Oceanography
or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Lectures and practical work. There may be a one-day field trip (TBC)
NSGEOS5514Marine Geoscience
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience
or 71590 Master of Oceanography
2 x 4 hours workshops per week for 6 weeks
S1GEOS5515Coastal Dynamics
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) EART4415 Coastal Hazards and Adaptation
4 hour workshops per week
N/AOCEN4002Ocean HazardsNone
S2OCEN4007Renewable Ocean Energy
Prerequisites
enrolment in
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
or the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
or the Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental Engineering specialisation, Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
or the Master of Oceanography.
This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the Program Chair and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science or equivalent.
Incompatibility
For Master of Professional Engineering (Mining Engineering specialisation): GENG5506 Renewable Energy
lectures: 3 x 45 mins per week; practical classes: 2 x 1 hrs per week; labs: 3 hours every third week
S1, S2OCEN5411Offshore and Coastal Engineering Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
62570 Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering
Supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction program at the start of semester.
S1, S2OCEN5412Offshore and Coastal Engineering Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
62570 Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering
and OCEN5411 Offshore and Coastal Engineering Research Project Part 1
Supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction program at the start of semester.
S1SCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
72530 Master of Environmental Science
or 72520 Master of Biological Science
or 71580 Master of Biotechnology
or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science
or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours)
or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
7 hours per week for 6 weeks

See also the rules for the course and the Student 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 and Communication and Research Skills modules

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 Master of Professional Engineering;

or

(b) a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

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

and

(c) prior studies in Civil Engineering; or Chemical Engineering or Environmental Engineering; or Mechanical Engineering; or Mining Engineering.

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. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

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

(3) Students who have completed Master of Professional Engineering or a Bachelor of Engineering(Honours), or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA. are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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) A student who makes satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

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

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 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 which is calculated based on—

(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.

Deferrals

13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).