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MAR8140 : Yacht Design

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Trodden
  • Lecturer: Professor Richard Birmingham
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To introduce students to the standard approach for the design of yachts.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module enables students to understand and practise the process of synthesis in the design of yachts.
Topics include:
The design spiral as applied to yachts.
Synthesis of a preliminary yacht design: the design brief, basic vessels, scaling factors, lines generation, keel and rudder design, rig design, balance, general arrangement, scantlings (by rule and from first principles), powering, weight calculation, stability analysis.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Researching, Preparation and Assimilation of the Post School assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Exam preparation and working solutions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Examination in Intensive School
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching124:0024:00Intensive School - Present-in-person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00General revision, reading and consolidating of lecture notes
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion15:005:00Online discussions with students and Module Leaders
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge of design synthesis and the design process is delivered through lectures, and a greater in depth understanding is gained by undertaking a design exercise. This is embedded in post school coursework which is developed in tandem with relevant lectures and tutorials during Semester 1 (IKO1,2,3,4 and 6, and ISO1,2,3,4 and 6).

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 Examination901M100In-class written exam at the end of teaching week.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MPost School Assignment
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 assessed 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.

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.

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