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Unit Overview


This unit is the fifth of a vertically-integrated series of design units forming the “Design Spine” of the Environmental Engineering program.

This unit requires students to implement a design solution to a real world, local environmental engineering problem. Working as a single class team, students implement a solution drawn from their own tender proposals formed in the preceding unit ENVE5551. Students are self-guided with the support of the instructor. They are given the freedom to determine how to organise their workforce, how to implement their tasks, and how to time and stage their project. Throughout the semester the instructor critically reviews progress, suggests issues for the class to consider addressing, related to technical and project management issues, and assists the class in accessing resources, resolving problems, and decision-making. At the end of the semester, the students present their solutions to their client and a public audience consisting of relevant stakeholders and participants from UWA. Where possible the class will be designed so that a tangible product can be handed over from the class to the client, representing the capstone design experience for the students.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) divide a large engineering task into achievable components; (2) employ technical expertise and suitable professional tools to implement component tasks; (3) manage a large project and its subcomponents effectively, including communication within a large team, evaluation of progress against goals, and adapting strategies as needed to meet goals; (4) produce common environmental engineering project deliverables including desktop studies, environmental management plans or impact assessments, design drawings, design reports, educational or communication materials ; (5) work effectively as a team member / leader ; and (6) professionally and persuasively communicate design deliverables.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) progress reports (individual); (2) project deliverables and presentation (group with peer assessment); and (3) professional conduct (individual). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Sally Thompson
Unit rules
ENVE5551 Environmental Engineering Design Solutions Part 1
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.