Module Catalogue

MAR8135 : Marine Project Management (2)

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Professor George Bruce
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 3 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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:

The need for and application of an appropriate work breakdown structure and the use of a hierarchical structure for planning. The use of computer aided planning tools, concentrating on benefits and pitfalls rather than training in 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.

This module will include preschool reading, examples, a preschool assignment, an intensive school (five days), and a postschool assignment.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00researching, preparation and assimilation of preschool assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Exam in Intensive School
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion116:0016:00Researching, preparing and assimilation of the Post School assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Exam preparation and working solutions
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading110:0010:00Researching and Reading Preschool materials
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading110:0010:00Researching and reading Post School materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching133:0033:00Intensive School
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time15:005:00Online discussions with students and Module Leaders on Blackboard
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 (IKO1-5). The preschool study is reinforced via lectures during the intensive school itself. The use of design 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 (blackboard). Cognitive skills (problem solving/ decision making) are taught primarily through case studies and design 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).

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination603M40Unseen written examination - examined outside the normal timetable
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay3M30Pre-school written assignment - maximum of 15 hours
Report3M30post-school assignment - work based project - maximum of 15 hours
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 assed via design exercises and the module assignments, as are communication skills. The Graduate Skills Framework Skills indicated as 'A' are also assessed in this way.

Reading Lists