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Unit Overview


The Offshore and Coastal Engineering Research Project is a 12-point project undertaken over two successive semesters. Parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the project. The main objective of the project is to develop a student's independent research and analytical abilities, and their written and oral communication skills. It is expected that the project normally involves original research leading to a publishable paper. Students negotiate a topic within one of the themes of the Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering with an academic supervisor. The project can commence in either semester 1 or semester 2.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) formulate a framework to answer a research question relevant to offshore and coastal engineering; (2) apply appropriate methodology and technical tools to research an engineering problem or test a hypothesis or theory; (3) critically evaluate results to draw appropriate conclusions; (4) critically evaluate relevant literature and other sources of information; (5) communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately using written, oral and visual means in a range of contexts; and (6) successfully complete a project to a professional standard.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) project proposal; (2) seminar and abstract; and (3) final 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)
Professor Ryan Lowe
Unit rules
Enrolment in
62570 Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering
and OCEN5411 Offshore and Coastal Engineering Research Project Part 1
Contact hours
Supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters
independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction program at the start of semester.
  • 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.