Module Catalogue 2023/24

MAR8233 : Advanced Marine Engineering

MAR8233 : Advanced Marine Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Xin Wang
  • Lecturer: Professor Cheng Chin, Dr Ivan CK Tam
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore

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

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

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To introduce students to state of the art of marine engineering systems and technologies.
To give students an understanding of identification, modelling and control theory and practice applied to dynamic marine systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Conventional systems and state of the art latest technology and development of the marine engineering systems.
•       Introduction of design processes and principles
•       Diesel engine and gas turbines
•       Exhaust emissions
•       Energy efficiency design and operation index
•       Introduction to state of art energy saving devices and techniques
2. Mathematical modelling and simulation of marine systems
•       Fundamental linear and non-linear models
•       Artificial intelligent techniques
•       Case studies

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

IKO1 - The principles and methodologies of marine engineering design
IKO2 - Be aware of the latest technology and developments of the marine engineering systems,
system integration and future trends.
IKO3 - A thorough understanding of how to model most marine power and servo systems
IKO4 - A good grounding in the control strategies that are used.

Intended Skill Outcomes

ISO1 – Be able to carry out calculations of diesel engine and gas turbine cycles
ISO2 – Be able to carry out calculations related to propulsion and powering systems
ISO3 – Be able to simulate marine systems using linear, nonlinear and artificial intelligent techniques, with the aid of computer software

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Revision and exam preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion215:0030:00Background research/preparation and completing/writing up the post school coursework assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture135:0035:00Intensive school in the form of Lectures and Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written exam
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00Reading and researching the pre-school materials
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity150:0050:00Follow-up after each lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time13:003:00Online discussions led by instructor
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 (IKO1-4). The preschool study is reinforced via lectures during the intensive school itself. The use of design during the intensive school, a work-based assessment and application after the intensive school also enable the students to learn. Subject specific skills are developed via the distance learning material, which is delivered by a web-based system. (ISO1-3)

Cognitive skills (problem solving/ decision making) are taught primarily through case studies, and developed through a work based assignment. Key transferable skills (communication, time management, ability to work alone etc) are developed through a work based post school assignment and via completion of the module itself, including the distance learning material.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A6024 hrs Take home exam (to be submitted within 24 hours of being set)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M20Post-school problem solving assignment
Written exercise1M20Modelling and simulation assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination is an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry. The assignments enable a more realistic engineering problem to be set to assess subject specific and cognitive skills. Two ‘low stakes’ coursework assignments (<30%) are incorporated in this module as they are found beneficial for one year Master’s programme.

Knowledge and skills (IKO1-4, ISO1-3) are assessed via the unseen written examination and the coursework. Coursework 1 has more emphasis on IKO2 and ISO2, and Coursework 2 has more emphasis on IKO3-4 and ISO 3.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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