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Unit Overview


This is part 2 of the Research project available within the Master in Geotechnics for Offshore Wind Energy. Parts 1 of and 2 must be completed to satisfy the requirements of the unit. Collectively, parts 1 and 2 of the Research project involves a research proposal, a research project, a dissertation and an oral presentation of the project findings. Students will consider a geotechnical research question relevant to offshore renewable energy applications, linking in with existing research programmes at the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems at UWA. The main objective of the Research project is to develop students' independent research and analytical abilities, and written and communication skills. It is expected that the original research undertaken within the project would be at a standard that could lead to one or more publishable papers.

6 points
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) prepare a research proposal; (2) apply research methods to a specific research problem; (3) demonstrate high-level written and oral communication skills; (4) demonstrate an enquiring, critical and creative approach to researching and writing; and (5) produce a piece of work of publishable standard.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written proposal; (2) presentation; and (3) dissertation. 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 Muhammad Hossain
Unit rules
Successful completion of
level 5 24 points Unit(s) 74550 Master in Geotechnics for Offshore Wind Energy
OCEN5555 Research Project Part 1
Approved quota: 25—quota places will be allocated according to allocations for the Master in Geotechnics for Offshore Wind Energy programme, noting that this unit is only offered within this programme. Quota places for the Master in Geotechnics for Offshore Wind Energy programme will be based on merit, gender equity and diversity criteria, as described in the Ranking and Admissions criteria.
Contact hours
1 hour per week
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  • 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.