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MAR8103 : Marine Systems Identification, Modelling and Control

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Serkan Turkmen
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To give students an understanding of identification, modelling and control theory and practice applied to dynamic marine systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will consist of three major areas, essentially concerned with the mathematical modelling, control and parameter identification of marine systems. The teaching, support material and coursework will extensively use relevant simulation software (Scilab and optionally Matlab/Simulink). This will enable all control and modelling techniques to be investigated in terms of steady state and dynamic response, and system stability.
Mathematical modelling of marine electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems. Some fundamental linear and non-linear modelling techniques will be described. These techniques will then be illustrated with the aid of several case studies.
The manner in which these models can be controlled is to be fully described. The techniques will include basic analogue PI/PID, and their analysis in the s-domain and frequency domain.. Each of the control schemes is to be illustrated with implementation and realisation examples, and analysis using analytical techniques and through simulation will be demonstrated.
Many control systems either contain systems with parameters that cannot be easily measured, or are to expensive too expensive to measure. The course will describe techniques of parameter identification and estimation.

The module will include preschool reading, examples, an intensive school (five days), a written examination and a post school assignment.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture72:0014:00Timetabled Present-in-person sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written open-book examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Post School Assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching23:006:00Timetabled Present-in-person sessions - Computer Classes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00Timetabled Present-in-person tutorial and feedback sessions.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study155:0055:00Review and student lecture materials, notes and general reading.
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 (IKO1-2). 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 (Canvas). 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 the work based post school assignment and via completion of the module itself, including the distance learning material (ISO1-13).

Students should consult their individual 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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination502M50Written examination to take place at the end of the block teaching week.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M50Post school assignment - 15 hours
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MCanvas quiz to provide formative feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding are assessed via the unseen written examination and the written assignment. Subject-specific and cognitive skills are assessed via the module assignments, as are communication skills. The Graduate Skills Framework Skills indicated as 'A' are also assessed in this way.

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