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MAR8102 : Marine Project Management

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor George Bruce
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To bring students to a common level of understanding of the key elements of marine project management, including the application of work breakdown structures, risk management, cost estimating, hierarchical planning, the development of a build strategy, performance measurement, progress monitoring and post project evaluation.

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. Basic risk management. 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 benefit. Principles of cost estimating. Performance measurement as a basis for planning and measurement progress. Post project evaluation. This module will include preschool reading examples, a preschool assignment, an intensive school (five days), and a post school assignment.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Post-School Assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion114:0014:00Pre-school assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00Present-in-person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Present-in-person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00General revision, reading and consolidating of lecture notes
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 the module content 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 (Canvas). Cognitive skills (problem solving/ decision making) are taught primarily through case studies, and developed through work based assignments. Key transferable skills (communication, time management, ability to work alone etc) are developed through the work based pre-school assignment and via completion of the module itself, including the distance learning material (ISO1-9).

Students should consult their timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Should the public health situation require it, the present-in-person teaching activities will be replaced by a mix of synchronous and asynchronous online sessions.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Post-school written assignment -
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MPre-school written assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding are assessed via the unseen written examination and the written assignment. Subject-specific and cognitive skills are assed via design exercises and the module assignments, as are communication skills.

Should the public health situation require it, the planned examination scheduled to be completed present-in-person will be replaced by an open book, online examination to be completed within a defined 24 hour period.

Reading Lists