Module Catalogue 2023/24

MAR8140 : Yacht Design

MAR8140 : Yacht Design

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Trodden
  • 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

Non marine graduates should have completed A1 (Naval Architecture) prior to undertaking this module.


Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



To introduce students to the standard approach for the design of yachts.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module enables students to understand and practise the process of synthesis in the design of yachts.
Topics include:
The design spiral as applied to yachts.
Synthesis of a preliminary yacht design: the design brief, basic vessels, scaling factors, lines generation, keel and rudder design, rig design, balance, general arrangement, scantlings (by rule and from first principles), powering, weight calculation, stability analysis.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
IKO1: Describe models of the design process at the strategic and tactical level.
IKO2: Formulate a design brief from a clients' instructions and an elicitation process.
IKO3: Synthesize a preliminary yacht design.
IKO4: Undertake technical procedures necessary to solve sub problems of the design process, including hull
development, yacht keel definition, sail plan development, general arrangement definition, and powering
IKO5: Undertake evaluation procedures including: directional balance for a yacht, a weight calculation, and
stability analysis.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Opportunities are afforded to develop the following subject-specific skills:
ISO1: Plan and organise their work and time for an extended and complex element of coursework.
ISO2: Use an iterative process to synthesize a solution to an open ended problem with no 'correct' answer.
ISO3: Elicit information from a 'client' or 'customer'.
ISO4: Use initiative and adapt standard procedures to address specific problems.
ISO5: Present a complex design concept in a report combining text and drawings.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Examination in Intensive School
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Exam preparation and working solutions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Researching, Preparation and Assimilation of the Post School assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching124:0024:00Intensive School - Present-in-person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00General revision, reading and consolidating of lecture notes
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion15:005:00Online discussions with students and Module Leaders
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge of design synthesis and the design process is delivered through lectures, and a greater in depth understanding is gained by undertaking a design exercise. This is embedded in post school coursework which is developed in tandem with relevant lectures and tutorials during Semester 1 (IKO1,2,3,4 and 6, and ISO1,2,3,4 and 6).

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901M100In-class written exam at the end of teaching week.
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 exercise1MPost School Assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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