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Higher Degree by Research Preliminary (Engineering and Mathematical Sciences)

This Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Preliminary is a qualifying, non-award conversion course aimed at students who demonstrate great potential for research but do not meet eligibility criteria for direct entry into a master's or doctoral research program.

It comprises an individually prescribed and supervised course of advanced study and/or research that, upon successful completion, provides eligibility to apply for entry into a HDR course.

This course is not for general admission but intended as preparation for a research degree.

Course overview

Course title
Higher Degree by Research Preliminary (Engineering and Mathematical Sciences)
Course code
60490
Course type
higher degree preliminary
Status
current / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

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.)
Standard course duration
Up to one year
Time limit
2 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Amitava Data
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.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

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

A HDR Preliminary course is a supervised conversion course of advanced study and/or research administered by the Faculty to a value 48 credit points of which:

a) at least 24 credit points must comprise Level 4 and/or Level 5 units resulting in a research output; and

b) the remaining credit points comprise coursework units to provide for preparatory knowledge.

The coursework units referred to in (b) may comprise levels 1 – 5 units that prepare the student to undertake their research degree course, as advised by the Course Coordinator.

Take all units (24 points):

Computer Science and Software Engineering

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2CITS4001Computer Science and Software Engineering Research Project Part 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Computer Science and Software Engineering [Honours]
Incompatibility:
CITS7201/CITS7202 Computer Science and Software Engineering Research Project Part 1/Part 2
S1, S2CITS4002Computer Science and Software Engineering Research Project Part 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Computer Science and Software Engineering [Honours] and CITS4001 Computer Science and Software Engineering Research Project Part 1
Co-requisites:
enrolment in honours in Computer Science and Software Engineering
Incompatibility:
CITS7201/CITS7202 Computer Science and Software Engineering Research Project Part 1/Part 2

Take all units (24 points):

Engineering Science

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2GENG5011Engineering Honours Research Project Part 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours in Engineering Science or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) or HDR Preliminary (60490)
Co-requisites:
for students in honours in Engineering Science or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours): enrolment in least 12 points of coursework units taken from the appropriate MPE specialisation; for students in the HDR Preliminary: none
Incompatibility:
ENSC4011/ENSC4012 Engineering Science Honours Research Project Part 1/Part 2, GENG5511/GENG5512 Engineering Research Project Part 1/Part 2
S1, S2GENG5012Engineering Honours Research Project Part 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours in Engineering Science or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) or HDR Preliminary (60490)
Co-requisites:
for students in honours in Engineering Science or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours): enrolment in least 12 points of coursework units taken from the appropriate MPE specialisation; for students in the HDR Preliminary: none
Incompatibility:
ENSC4011/ENSC4012 Engineering Science Honours Research Project Part 1/Part 2, GENG5511/GENG5512 Engineering Research Project Part 1/Part 2

Take all units (24 points):

Mathematics and Statistics

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2MATH4001Mathematics and Statistics Research Project Part 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Honours in Mathematics and Statistics
Part 1: regular meetings with supervisor plus 7 lectures; Part 2: 3 hours per week
S1, S2MATH4002Mathematics and Statistics Research Project Part 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
MATH4001 Mathematics and Statistics Research Project 1
3 hours per week

Take all units (24 points):

Physics

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2PHYS4001Dissertation in Physics Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a completed major in Physics
a total load of 150 hours
S1, S2PHYS4002Dissertation in Physics Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a completed major in Physics
a total load of 150 hours
S1, S2PHYS4003Dissertation in Physics Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a completed major in Physics
a total load of 150 hours
S1, S2PHYS4004Dissertation in Physics Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a completed major in Physics
a total load of 150 hours

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 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) successfully completed a tertiary qualification with a WAM of at least 65 per cent;

b) may receive admission credit of up to 24 credit points for prior study in a relevant discipline.

Admission ranking and selection

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

Course structure

6.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.

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

Satisfactory progress

7.(1) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass all units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) For the dissertation component of the higher degree by research preliminary course the relevant board determines whether satisfactory progress has been made having regard to the report of the student's supervisor.

8. 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 7.

9.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress 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 under Rule 7(1) or (2) is assigned the progress status of 'Excluded'.

10. 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 7.

Progression to HDR

11. For progression from a HDR Preliminary course into a HDR course administered by the Graduate Research School or a faculty, a student must have successfully produced a research output with a mark of at least —

(a) 70 per cent to undertake a research doctorate;

or

(b) 65 per cent to undertake a research master's