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MAR8088 : Group Project

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Narakorn Srinil
  • Lecturer: Professor Zhiqiang Hu, Dr Rosemary Norman, Dr Do Kyun Kim, Dr Ben Wetenhall, Professor Richard Birmingham, Dr Simon Benson, Dr Yongchang Pu, Dr David Trodden, Professor Pengfei Liu, Dr Maryam Haroutunian, Dr Wenxian Yang, Dr Serkan Turkmen, Dr Alan J Murphy, Dr Kayvan Pazouki
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


A1: To provide a good understanding of all aspects of research and design project work, including a technological survey, idea development, analysis framework, and applicability of findings to global maritime and offshore (e.g. oil & gas, renewable energy, transportation) industries.
A2: To develop efficient ways to gather information, work as a team, and perform in-depth design studies accompanied by increasingly important competence in time and managerial skills.
A3: To analyze findings, appreciate the broader implications of the whole project outcomes and disseminate works to peers, with sound appreciation of the economic and environmental issues.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       A detailed structure for the class is outlined in the Project Brief presented to the students. This includes details of key milestones and assessment criteria.
•       The Project Brief is reviewed each session to reflect changing technical and economic opportunities in the fields of activity embraced by maritime and offshore industries.
•       Where possible, industrial lecturers may be given to provide up-to-date technological advancements.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Introduction to group project - Present-in-person
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1190:00190:00Independent Project work
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion41:004:00Private group discussion with academic advisors [PIP]
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision22:004:00Group project progress interview and presentation [PIP]
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Directed study and formal lectures will provide an effective method for students to assimilate the knowledge content, define the scope of the syllabus topics and attain the required knowledge and skill outcomes (ISO1-4). The directed study allows students to work as a team at their own pace allowing them to develop an in-depth understanding of the required project design team work (IKO1-5).

Should the public health situation require it, the present-in-person teaching activities will be replaced by synchronous online sessions. In this, we will have 4 hours for online synchronous teaching, 4 hours for PIP small-group teaching, 4 hours for non-synchronous teaching including a drop-in session, 8 hours for non-synchronous group presentations, and the remaining hours for independent project work in both semesters.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination1M20S1 Group Presentation, Discussion and Peer Assessment
Oral Examination2M30S2 Group Presentation, Discussion and Peer Assessment
Report2M50Final Report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Depending on the total number of OSP students, we would ideally have 4-6 groups, 5-7 students in each group. Each group will be briefed with the tasks, required assessments and team supervisors to work on a design group project throughout 2 semesters.
The Oral Examination 1 in Semester 1, the project progress is still preliminary; therefore, a total 20% assessment is feasible for both the group (10%) and individual (10%). The remaining 80% will be in semester 2 where works are more advanced, consisting of the final report(50%) and Oral Presentation (30%), Peer Assessment included. Final oral presentations will be given to all students and groups, academic supervisors and invited industrial colleagues for feedback.

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