Module Catalogue 2023/24

MAR8234 : Advanced Marine Design and Project Management

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mohammed Abdul Hannan
  • Lecturer: Dr Arun Dev, Dr Ivan CK Tam
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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To introduce students to the standard approaches to the design of a wide variety of ship types.

To bring students to a common level of understanding of the key elements of up to date marine project management, including the application of work breakdown structures, hierarchical planning, the development of a build strategy, performance measurement and the use of computer aided planning tools. To introduce students to new management tools including discrete event simulation.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover the following topics:

Understanding engineering design, design philosophy, design tactics, design models, adaptive and variant design, the design environment, physical and regulatory influences, divergent design solutions. Design of specialized (for example, Tugs, OSVs, Submarine) vessels, stability and motion analysis, safety and sustainability. The ship design problem, measures of design efficiency, design relationships and initial point design methods, the influence of design parameters on performance, mass estimation and contemporary influences on the lightship, hull form distortion, bow and stern refinement, cause and effect understanding through response surfaces, optimisation of hull form for resistance and seakeeping.

The need for and application of an appropriate work breakdown structure and the use of a hierarchical structure for planning a project. The use of computer-aided planning tools, concentrating on benefits and pitfalls rather than training in the use of a particular system. The development of a build strategy for a project, its form, content and benefits. Performance measurement as a basis for planning and measurement progress.

The module will include preschool reading, examples, an intensive school, 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 the following:

IKO1 - The design process and the rationale behind different design approaches and methods;
IKO2 - Appreciate the design problem for ships of different types including specialized vessels, such as Tugs, OSVs, Submarine;
IKO3 - The relationship between ship design parameters and ship performance and efficiency;
IKO4 - How to analyse a marine project,
IKO5 - The importance of and how to aggregate information into a formal build strategy as a means of solving uncertainties,
IKO6 - How to monitor the progress of a project.

Intended Skill Outcomes

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

ISO1 - Applying appropriate procedures to specify a mission profile and suggest design solutions;
ISO2 - Skill in using the right methods to seek designs with improved performance;
ISO3 - Developing a work breakdown for the project;
ISO4 - Practical skill in preparing schedules and identifying areas of uncertainty, both contractual and technical.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
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 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
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 (IKO1-6). 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 (ISO 1-4) are developed via the distance learning material, which is delivered by a web-based system (VLE). Cognitive skills (problem solving/ decision making) are taught primarily through case studies and design classes and developed through a work-based assignment. Key transferable skills (ISO2,4) 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 Examination1202A6024 hrs Take home exam (to be submitted within 24 hours of being set)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M20Postschool written report on Advanced Marine Design - maximum of 1500 words (Individual Assignment)
Case study2M20Postschool work based related project on Project Management- maximum 1500 words. (Individual 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.
IKO1,2,5,6 and ISO1,3 are assessed via the unseen written examination. IKO3,4 ISO2,4 are assessed via the report and case study coursework.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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