Module Catalogue 2023/24

MAR8106 : Marine Engineering

MAR8106 : Marine Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Trodden
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

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

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

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Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



To provide students with an understanding of propulsion and auxiliary systems and to introduce marine engineering equipment demonstrating its function within marine engineering plant. To give students an appreciation of the process of the marine engineering systems design and how physical constraints impact upon design.

Outline Of Syllabus

The lecture material will cover:

The need for marine engineering systems
The physics of ship propulsion
An introduction to prime-mover systems
An introduction to propulsive systems
An introduction to marine electrical systems
Auxiliary systems
Marine engineering system integration

The 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 this module students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding to undertake the following:

IKO1 - The function of equipment within a marine engineering system
IKO2 - An appreciation of the widely varying systems currently employed in marine practice
IKO3 - Awareness of how physical constraints impinge to generate an optimal design solution.

Intended Skill Outcomes

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

ISO1 - IT skills
ISO2 - Decision making
ISO3 - Communication skills
ISO4 - Project and resource management
ISO5 - Collation, analysis and evaluation of data
ISO6 - Project planning
ISO7 - Problem solving
ISO8 - Time management
ISO9 - Ability to work independently

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion111:3011:30In-School Assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion128:3028:30Pre-School learning and Assignment (Formative Assessment)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Lectures - Present-in-person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Tutorial - Present-in-person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study138:0038:00General 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 - 3). The preschool study is reinforced via lectures during the intensive school itself. The problem solving tutorials 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 tutorial classes, and developed through work based assignments. Key transferable skills (communication, time management, ability to work alone etc) are developed through work based pre- and post school assignments 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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902M100Open book exam at end of School week
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
ReportMPre-School learning and Assignment (Formative Assessment)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding are assessed via the written assignments. Subject-specific and cognitive skills are assessed via design exercises and the module assignments, as are communication skills.
The Zero Weighted Pass/fail Assessment is a formative assessment, but is compulsory to complete the assessment as forgoing it could hinder the student’s ability to perform during the in-school summative assessment.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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