Module Catalogue

MAR3134 : Ship Design

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Bob Dow
  • Lecturer: Dr Burak Cerik, Dr Mohammed Abdul Hannan
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


A1 - The design process as applied to ships;
A2 - The multi-disciplinary nature of the ship design process;
A3 - The ship design problem and contemporary influences on ship design;
A4 - Ship design methods for deadweight, capacity linear and rule ships;
A5 - Design considerations related to the type of cargo and operation of the vessel ;
A4 - Hull form design and hydrodynamic optimisation for sustainable operation;
A5 - The synthesis of a ship design solution.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics include:
The development of the ship design process and modelling information; the ship design problem for different ship types; deadweight, capacity, linear and rule ships; methods of obtaining preliminary and capacity ratios; estimation of lightship components of mass; contemporary influences on lightship components; estimation of consumables; the design of ship lines; relationships between hull form and hydrodynamic performance in still water and waves; bow and stern design; design for seakeeping; Forward and Inverse Analysis; optimisation methods applied to ship design, genetic algorithm based hydrodynamic optimisation; mathematical representation of hull lines and surfaces.

This is practised through the provision of a practical ship design exercise that seeks to foster the skills of engineering judgement in the context of ship design. This ship design coursework provides a realistic insight into the synthesis of a balanced ship design solution and provides skills in the use of state of the art ship design software, AVEVA Initial Design.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture10:150:15Oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion118:0018:00Design Project
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Exam Revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture481:0048:00Including tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical44:0016:00Computer Practicals
Guided Independent StudyProject work150:0050:00Design Project
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study141:4541:45Preparation of revision material, practicing past exam papers and preparation for oral presentation
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The use of lectures as the principal teaching method is an effective means to provide students with the acquisition of the sizeable and detailed knowledge base and facilitate the understanding of the module material (IKO1-9).
Practical sessions provide the forum for the knowledge and understanding developed through formal lectures to be integrated into a substantial coursework exercise to design a general-purpose container friendly cargo ship (ISO1-4).
This ship design exercise provides a platform to exercise team-working, management, planning, initiative, organisational, interpersonal, problem solving and numeracy skills (ISO1-4).

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A50N/A
Oral Presentation152A25Individual Presentation
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
MAR3033Marine Engineering Design2N/A
MAR3034Ship Design2N/A
MAR3035Offshore Design2N/A
MAR3036Small Craft Design2N/A
MAR3133Marine Engineering Design2N/A
MAR3135Offshore Design2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M25Ship Design Project Report (approx word length 2000 words plus drawings and trim/stability data)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination will assess the breadth of knowledge, understanding and ability to perform related ship design calculations. This medium also allows students to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a wide range of topics from the syllabus (IKO1-9) as well as assessing literacy, numeracy and critical thinking.
The Ship Design coursework provides an opportunity to put into practice the intended knowledge outcomes (IKO1-9) as well as providing students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following skills: Active learning; Synthesis and presentation of materials; Innovation and creativity; Problem solving. The Ship Design coursework uses state of the art ship design software and so provides assessment in the use of computer applications in this context as well as the intended skills outcomes (ISO1-4).
The word length for the ship design project is per individual contributing to a group project. Group size is normally 4 people.
The Graduate Skills Framework entries indicated as 'A' are also assessed in this way.

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