Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This is a project-based unit that enables students to work on a project of their choice under supervision. The skills learned are essential for a future engineering career and include problem identification, synthesis of solutions, information search and analysis, logic and creative thinking, development of abstract concepts and testing ideas, project management, oral and written communication, time management and teamwork. Most engineers spend years working on projects and taking responsibility for larger ones as their management skills improve. To complete the project, students are required not only to master the technical skills, but also the skills to interact with resource suppliers such as workshop technicians, fellow students, external personnel and their supervisors and other school staff.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explore aspects of engineering which interest them to a greater extent than would be possible in a formal coursework unit; (2) develop skills required for independent, self-directed investigations, design and research; (3) gain competence in communication, specifically in understanding a project brief, working with a project supervisor, participating in review meetings, and oral presentation and report-writing tasks; and (4) develop important teamwork skills.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) project proposal; (2) communication and initiative; and (3) report. 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 Angus Tavner
  • 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.