Module Catalogue 2023/24

MAR8103 : Marine Systems Identification, Modelling and Control

MAR8103 : Marine Systems Identification, Modelling and Control

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Serkan Turkmen
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System

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To give students an understanding of identification, modelling and control theory and practice applied to dynamic marine systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will consist of three major areas, essentially concerned with the mathematical modelling, control and parameter identification of marine systems. The teaching, support material and coursework will extensively use relevant simulation software (Scilab and optionally Matlab/Simulink). This will enable all control and modelling techniques to be investigated in terms of steady state and dynamic response, and system stability.
Mathematical modelling of marine electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems. Some fundamental linear and non-linear modelling techniques will be described. These techniques will then be illustrated with the aid of several case studies.
The manner in which these models can be controlled is to be fully described. The techniques will include basic analogue PI/PID, and their analysis in the s-domain and frequency domain.. Each of the control schemes is to be illustrated with implementation and realisation examples, and analysis using analytical techniques and through simulation will be demonstrated.
Many control systems either contain systems with parameters that cannot be easily measured, or are to expensive too expensive to measure. The course will describe techniques of parameter identification and estimation.

The module will include preschool reading, examples, an intensive school (five days), a written examination and a post school assignment.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

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

IKO1 - How to model most marine power and servo systems
IKO2 - Thorough understanding of together with good grounding in the control strategies that are used.

Intended Skill Outcomes

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

ISO1 - Theoretical design concepts and practical implementation
ISO2 - IT skills
ISO3 - Decision making
ISO4 - Communication skills
ISO5 - Data evaluation
ISO6 - Project planning
ISO7 - Project management
ISO8 - Collation, analysis and evaluation of data
ISO9 - Problem formulation
ISO10 - Problem solving
ISO11 - Time management
ISO12 - Team working
ISO13 - Ability to work alone

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture72:0014:00Timetabled Present-in-person sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Post School Assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Written open-book examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching23:006:00Timetabled Present-in-person sessions - Computer Classes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00Timetabled Present-in-person tutorial and feedback sessions.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study155:3055:30Review and student lecture materials, notes and general reading.
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 (IKO1-2). The preschool study is reinforced via lectures during the intensive school itself. The use of design 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 design classes, and developed through work based assignments. Key transferable skills (communication, time management, ability to work alone etc) are developed through the work based post school assignment and via completion of the module itself, including the distance learning material (ISO1-13).

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902M50Written examination to take place at the end of the block teaching week.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M50approx. 2000 words
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
Computer assessment2MCanvas quiz to provide formative feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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


Past Exam Papers

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