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 unit provides a broad introduction to aspects of ocean engineering and technology and the interface with biological and social sciences. It explores—

  • the history of ocean engineering and technology innovation;
  • asset characterisation, functional requirements and concept design;
  • environmental characterisation and site investigation techniques;
  • codes and regulations;
  • case studies of ocean engineering and technology projects;
  • case studies of ocean engineering and technology and the interface with law and policy, and marine management and planning;
  • the role of ocean engineering and technology in addressing current and anticipated ocean challenges; and
  • the role of ocean engineering and technology in supporting sustainable healthy oceans for marine flora and fauna and human activity.
6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline timetabled
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a basic knowledge of ocean engineering activities and technologies; (2) display a high level of understanding of the interface between offshore engineering and technology, law and policy, and marine management and planning; (3) critically analyse and make recommendations for engineering and technology innovation and/or future research and development needed to address global oceans challenges; (4) demonstrate an enquiring, critical and creative approach to offshore engineering and technology; and (5) demonstrate an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of ocean engineering and technology and its connectivity with the biological and social sciences.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class assessments; (2) project; and (3) presentation. 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)
Professor Britta Bienen
  • 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.