Science and ICT
ECU’s School of Science prides itself on being a leader in research and teaching excellence in the disciplines of:
Biology • Chemistry • Computing • Environmental Science • Information Science • Mathematics • Physics • Security Science
Committed to high quality research which contributes positively to society, ECU’s School of Science maintains strong links with industry and engages with communities in the local, national and international arenas. Outstanding facilities ensure its researchers and students have access to the latest equipment used in their field.
The school is highly productive in its research activity, continually aims to develop practical solutions to current problems and houses two of ECU’s research institutes.
Electron Science Research Institute (ESRI)
The Electron Science Research Institute carries out fundamental and applied research in microelectronics, photonics and nano-technology to develop novel integrated intelligent structures for applications in the ICT, Health, Agri-bio, Security, Sensing, Defense and Environment sectors.
With state-of-the-art facilities, the institute is a dynamic frontier for postgraduate research that attracts industry and government participation in research projects.
ECU Security Research Institute (ECUSRI)
Since its establishment in 2012 the ECU Security Research Institute (ECUSRI) has developed a reputation as a leading digital security and forensic group.
ECUSRI offers significant research expertise across the four broad areas of critical infrastructure security, cyber security, digital forensics and human security. Having access to experts throughout ECU and consulting regularly with industry and government on network security and digital forensic issues, the institute is able to provide a multidisciplinary research approach which delivers immediate and high impact outcomes.
With significant support infrastructure, a skilled technical support base and support experience, ECUSRI offers a productive research team which prides itself on quality and timely output.
ECU is a young and dynamic university established in 1991 upon the amalgamation of respected teaching institutes which had been at the forefront of teacher education for over 100 years. ECU’s School of Education is the largest in Western Australia and offers a diverse and exciting mix of courses and research activities covering early childhood, primary and secondary education.
The passionate and experienced team at the School of Education regularly contribute to research most notably through the Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research (ECIER), focusing on community interaction and education. The school, through its research centres and the ECIER:
- explores key issues in, and adds to the quality of early childhood experiences for all children and their families at a time of rapid change in policy and practice both nationally and internationally;
- focuses on improving schooling in Western Australia and maximizing the effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to support teaching and learning in schools;
- is involved in the application of transformational games purposefully designed to create engaging and immersive learning environments for delivering specified learning goals, experiences and outcomes. It brings together the multi-disciplinary expertise needed to design, develop and study computer and video games as tools for changing the way a person thinks, feels, or acts;
- conducts research into the effective teaching of all students, with a particular focus on language and literacy by engaging with the community to provide professional development in these specific areas.
Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research (ECIER)
Continuing Edith Dircksey Cowan’s contribution to education and Australian society, ECIER is committed to conducting education research that has high social and educational impacts. The institute has numerous active research projects over a diverse range of topics, with projects varying from small, short-term, internally funded, with early career researchers to large, long term, externally funded, involving teams of experienced researchers.
The institute’s mission is to enhance the quality of education and to close the gap between high and low performing students and schools. This will be achieved by researching education and development to reform educational policy; enhance school leadership to achieve school improvement; enhance teaching practice to improve student engagement and learning outcomes.
The School of Engineering at ECU is one of the fastest-growing engineering schools in Australia. Courses and expertise are available in the areas of:
Chemical • Civil • Communications • Computer Systems • Control and Automation • Electrical Power • Electronics • Marine and Offshore Engineering • Mechanical • Mechatronics • Motorsports • Naval Architecture.
Research at the School of Engineering encompasses a broad range of engineering disciplines and allied sciences. This breadth positions the school well to undertake research in sustainability engineering, which is multidisciplinary in nature.
The school’s research focuses on three main themes:
- Energy, Resources and The Environment;
- Communication, Monitoring and Control;
- Materials, Manufacturing and Infrastructure
ECU’s School of Engineering has an outward looking research and development perspective. The school aims to proactively identify and develop innovative solutions to real-world engineering problems, particularly those relevant to Australian industry and the community.
World-class facilities include purpose-built labs and project spaces, with the engineering building at ECU also containing sustainable systems and infrastructure that decrease its carbon footprint, providing access to real systems for sustainable energy education.
There is extensive research in many fields undertaken at ECU focused on understanding, better managing and protecting our environment. Some of these research fields include:
- marine, estuarine, wetland and freshwater ecology;
- restoration of mined lands and pit lakes;
- e-agriculture with focus on environmental sensors networks;
- biophotonics (applied in fibre-optic sensor network for real-time water-quality monitoring);
- plasmonics and solar cells;
- remote sensing (for example the microphotonic plant discrimination and weed control sensor);
- plant and animal cell biology and biochemistry;
- ecological genetics of plants and animals;
- macroalgae and seagrass ecology; and
- terrestrial ecology.
Whilst research at ECU covers the full spectrum from pure to applied, there is greater emphasis on applied research which helps to improve the environment and quality of life for Australians and people across the globe. Collaboration and consultation between ECU schools, research institutes, related research groups, other universities, industries and the community ensure relevant knowledge, skills and expertise are brought together to solve real life problems.
ECU’s School of Arts and Humanities is one of the largest and most comprehensive schools of its kind in the southern hemisphere. The school offers a diverse range of programs and experience covering:
Contemporary Arts • Design • Media and Communications • Criminology and Justice • Humanities • Psychology and Social Sciences
The school is also home to one of the world’s best film and television schools, the Western Australian Screen Academy as well as a diverse range of research groups, reflecting a broad focus on human interaction in its many forms.
The School of Arts and Humanities at ECU is dedicated to providing quality research that encourages interaction with the wider community and contributes to benefiting society. Encompassing staff and students from around the globe, the school celebrates the diversity of perspectives and creativity that this brings.
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at ECU is recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of its graduates and providing the most comprehensive range of performing arts training in Australia. World-class staff and postgraduate students of the Academy are currently involved in a multitude of research works across its disciplinary range to find out the why/what/how/when/where of their practices. Disciplines include:
Arts Management • Creative Writing • Dance • Human Movement • Music • Theatre • other areas of Creative Endeavour
Kurongkurl Katitjin, Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research
Kurongkurl Katitjin, pronounced koor-ong-kurl cut-it-chin, is a Nyoongar phrase meaning “coming together to learn”.
Kurongkurl Katitjin, ECU’s Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research, plays a vital role in assisting the University to meet its commitment to Indigenous peoples.
The mission is to “provide excellence in teaching, learning and research in a culturally inclusive environment that values the diversity of Indigenous Australian history and cultural heritage”. Kurongkurl Katitjin support University-wide activities and programs, as well as activities specific to Indigenous Australian people and their cultures. This includes:
• engaging closely with Indigenous people and communities;
• assisting Indigenous students and staff to realise their full potential;
• ensuring that individual differences and diversity are respected; and
• contributing to Indigenous community development and sustainability through our students, staff and graduates.
ECU’s Indigenous programs date back to 1975, when the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program was first established at the Mount Lawley Campus.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
HealthInfoNet is helping to ‘close the gap’ by providing the evidence base to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is an innovative Internet resource that aims to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible. In this way, we contribute to ‘closing the gap’ in health between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The HealthInfoNet is headed up by Professor Neil Drew.
Work in the area of translational research with a population health focus – in which we are a world leader – makes research and other information available in a form that has immediate, practical utility for practitioners and policy-makers in the area of Indigenous health, enabling them to make decisions based on the best available evidence.
Business and Law
ECU’s School of Business and Law is a large and dynamic provider of business and legal education offering a comprehensive range of courses as well as specialist industry focused degrees. The school also provides an extensive range of postgraduate business and law programs, including its popular MBA degree.
The team of highly qualified expert academics at the school provide exceptional skills and knowledge in the areas of business, law and planning. A strong focus on employability skills through work placements and the unique Business Edge program enables learners to be ready to reach their potential. The aim is to be recognised for business excellence as an engaged, innovative and responsible learning community.
ECU’s School of Business and Law is committed to continuing its high quality and innovative applied research. The school engages collaboratively with strategic partners who provide an in-depth understanding of particular issues, to enable research academics to contribute unique expertise and research methodology.
Research at ECU’s School of Business and Law is driven by a desire to solve issues with research outcomes that have innovative and practical application in the real world.
Centre for Innovative Practice (CIP)
The Centre for Innovative Practice (CIP) is located within the School of Business and Law at ECU. The centre’s research focuses on developing innovative practices across a wide range of professions and organisations within the business and law sectors.
Areas of specific interest include but are not limited to networks and innovation, the use of information technology in innovation, personal innovation and its relationship with organisational innovation, innovation in tourism, innovative research processes and corporate social responsibility.
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