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Unit Overview


This unit is taken over two semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirement of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2.

The academic objectives of the project are to improve students' understanding of the research process and to develop their capability to conduct independent research. The unit allows students to develop their research interests and skills. Students learn about recent advances and gain in-depth technical competence in at least one specialist area of their discipline, apply the basic elements of research design to investigate a theory or hypothesis, and appreciate how research skills support lifelong learning. Students are required to communicate their findings to technical and nontechnical audiences using a range of media. They are also exposed to the University's research culture and opportunities to pursue further study. This project may be credited towards the Master of Professional Engineering (MPE).

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Engineering Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately using written, oral and visual means in a range of contexts; (2) locate and critically evaluate research literature and other sources of information in a particular field; (3) formulate a research question and design a framework to answer the question; (4) select and practise appropriate methods to test a hypothesis or theory; (5) select and apply appropriate conceptual tools to analyse a problem; (6) evaluate and synthesise results and draw appropriate conclusions; (7) demonstrate disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and skills through research-based enquiry; (8) demonstrate the skills required to learn, and to continue through life to learn, from a variety of sources and experiences; (9) plan and manage a project to meet deadlines; and (10) demonstrate orderly management of self and professional conduct in interactions with others.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a project proposal and literature review; (2) a research seminar; (3) construction of a web page for public communication of research aims and outcomes; (4) a dissertation (research paper or report appropriate to the discipline); and (5) professional conduct. 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)
Dr Einar Fridjonsson
Unit rules
enrolment in
honours in Engineering Science
or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
or HDR Preliminary (60490)
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
ENSC4011/ENSC4012 Engineering Science Honours Research Project Part 1/Part 2, GENG5511/GENG5512 Engineering Research Project Part 1/Part 2
  • 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.