Module Catalogue 2023/24

MAR8102 : Marine Project Management

MAR8102 : Marine Project Management

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Professor George Bruce
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



To bring students to a common level of understanding of the key elements of marine project management, including the application of work breakdown structures, risk management, cost estimating, hierarchical planning, the development of a build strategy, performance measurement, progress monitoring and post project evaluation.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover the following topics: The need for and application of an appropriate work breakdown structure and the use of a hierarchical structure for planning. Basic risk management. The use of computer aided planning tools, concentrating on benefits and pitfalls rather than training in use of a particular system. The development of a build strategy for a project, its form, content and benefit. Principles of cost estimating. Performance measurement as a basis for planning and measurement progress. Post project evaluation. This module will include preschool reading examples, a preschool assignment, an intensive school (five days), and a post school assignment.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of the module students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

IKO1 - How to analyse a marine project
IKO2 - Developing a work breakdown
IKO3 - Preparing schedules and identify areas of uncertainty, both contract and technical
IKO4 - The importance of and how to aggregate information into a formal build strategy as means of solving
IKO5 - How to monitor progress.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On completing this module students will be able to develop the following subject specific skills:

ISO1 - IT skills
ISO2 - Decision making
ISO3 - Communication skills
ISO4 - Data evaluation
ISO5 - Project planning
ISO6 - Project management
ISO7 - Problem solving
ISO8 - Time management
ISO9 - Ability to work alone

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion114:0014:00Pre-school assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Post-School Assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Present-in-person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00Present-in-person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00General revision, reading and consolidating of lecture notes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject by independent reading for which they are given guidance in the distance learning material (IKO1-5). The preschool study is reinforced via lectures during the intensive school itself. The use of the module content during the intensive school and work-based assessments and application after the intensive school also enable the students to learn. Subject specific skills (e.g. IT and project planning) are developed via the distance learning material, which is delivered by a web-based system (Canvas). Cognitive skills (problem solving/ decision making) are taught primarily through case studies, and developed through work based assignments. Key transferable skills (communication, time management, ability to work alone etc) are developed through the work based pre-school assignment and via completion of the module itself, including the distance learning material (ISO1-9).

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Post-school written assignment -
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MPre-school written assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding are assessed via the unseen written examination and the written assignment. Subject-specific and cognitive skills are assed via design exercises and the module assignments, as are communication skills.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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