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Unit Overview


This is part 1 of the Design 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. The project is a capstone experience in which students integrate and apply knowledge and skills acquired in earlier units to a substantial real-world offshore geotechnical design challenge. Students work in teams, typically with four to six members, and are supervised by an academic and/or industry mentor. Teams are responsible for managing their project as well as reporting against milestones and preparing the necessary design documentation. The academic objectives of the project are to lead students through a systematic geotechnical engineering design and synthesis process and to better prepare them for professional practice as offshore geotechnical design engineers. The focus of this unit is on teamwork skills and the design process.

6 points
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) apply engineering synthesis and design processes appropriate and relevant to offshore geotechnical engineering design; (2) seek out the requirements and associated resources to assess the scope, dimensions, scale of effort and indicative costs of a complex engineering project; (3) apply technical knowledge, appropriate tools and problem-solving skills to achieve a practical and technically sound geotechnical design that satisfies the client requirements; (4) apply project management tools and processes to the planning and execution of a design project; (5) conduct oneself in a professional manner; (6) critically analyse geotechnical site characterisation datasets to establish design inputs and quantify uncertainty; (7) critically review design outputs; (8) locate and evaluate relevant standards and technical literature; (9) use discourse conventions relevant to the discipline; (10) communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately using written, oral and visual means; and (11) contribute to and/or manage a complex engineering project activity, as a member and/or leader of an engineering team.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation; (2) professional conduct; and (3) project deliverables. 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 Christophe Gaudin
Unit rules
Successful completion of
level 5 24 points Unit(s) 74550 Master in Geotechnics for Offshore Wind Energy
OCEN5558 Design Project Part 2
Enrolment in
Unit(s) OCEN5555 Research Project Part 1
Enrolment in
Unit(s) OCEN5556 Research Project Part 2
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.