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Unit Overview


The Blue Economy is forecast to grow significantly over the coming decade in response to the challenges facing humanity, including food and energy security, coastal protection and ocean conservation. This unit will introduce the fundamentals of ocean engineering and the opportunities it presents in helping to develop the blue economy. A particular focus will be placed on how engineering solutions in the ocean must incorporate cross-disciplinary expertise and embrace innovative ideas.

This unit will cover the following topics:

a. Ocean Innovation: Ideation, Concept Design and Prototyping of engineering solutions.

b. Designing ocean structures: The role of the disciplines of oceanography, hydrodynamics, geotechnics, structural design, marine biology, and others in the safe and efficient design of ocean structures and systems

c. Surviving in the ocean: Understanding operations requirements, monitoring, longevity and survival in extreme conditions

d. End of life considerations: Including opportunities to recycle, upcycle and reuse ocean infrastructure

e. Permits, codes and regulation: the importance of standards to accelerate safe and sustainable ocean solutions

For each topic an emphasis will be placed on describing relevant case studies to demonstrate how solutions are generated that improve ocean conservation and/or ensure sustainable use of the ocean environment.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) define ocean engineering and the role oceans engineers plays in the ideation, design, construction and operation of a global oceans solution; (2) demonstrate an understanding of concept design and how concepts may be generated through ideation and explored through prototyping to address an Ocean challenge; (3) describe the roles and interactions of various disciplines in the design of ocean infrastructure; (4) use field data and observations to design ocean infrastructure and ocean systems; (5) demonstrate an understanding of the challenges associated with operating and maintaining ocean infrastructure and ensuring survivability; (6) articulate the challenges associated with life cycle design in the ocean; and (7) identify the different permits, codes and regulations relevant to development within the Ocean and the role that these play to ensure safe and sustainable development.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) individual projects; and (3) final examination. 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)
Jana Orszaghova
Contact hours
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