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MAR1016 : Marine Design and Professional Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Maryam Haroutunian
  • Lecturer: Dr Kayvan Pazouki, Dr Paul Stott, Dr Narakorn Srinil, Dr David Trodden
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 15.0
European Credit Transfer System


•       Introduction to design theory and Practice
•       Introduction to Marine Industry and research
•       Fundamentals of Marine Technology

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Introduction to design theory and Practice Design Theory and Practical
o       Design Exercise
o       Practical
o       Design and professionalism
o       Visualisation, Communication including Lines Plan, and computation (CAD and programming)
•       Introduction to Marine Industry and research
o       Introduction to sectors of Marine Industry (Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Offshore
Engineering, Small Craft Technology and Marine Production)
•       Insight into current practice involving site visits to facilities such as Ports, Shipyards, Simulators,
Design and Shipping Services, Ships and Small Craft, Offshore Industry and Marine Engineering
o       Familiarisation with Marine Research Facilities including the Engine Laboratory, Hydrodynamics
laboratory and the Propulsion Laboratory and the RV Princess Royal
•       Fundamentals of Marine Technology
o       Fundamentals of Naval Architecture
•       Basic naval architectural terms and concepts as well as Archimedes principles, establishing equilibrium
•       Numerical integration for calculating various ship properties (inc. areas, volumes, centroids, 1st and
2nd moments of area)
•       Ship transverse and longitudinal stability: calculation of metacentric radius, metacentric height and
righting level; calculation of KG and the effects of loading and offloading cargo; special cases
including suspended loads, free surface effect, basic flooding calculations; calculation of heel and
trim; populating curves of static stability with an introduction to cross curves of stability; stability
evaluation considering IMO criteria.
o       Fundamentals of Marine Engineering
•       Ships and Machinery: Types of propulsion engines, Main and Auxiliary Machinery arrangements.
•       Marine Diesel Engines: Four stroke and two stroke cycles, Power measurement (indicated power, brake
power, fuel power, efficiencies), Combustion equations, Stoichiometric air/fuel ratio calculation, Gas
exchange process and pressure charging, Components of two and four stroke engines.
•       Marine Engine Supporting Systems: Fuel system, lubricating oil system (including Cylinder oil
lubrication), cooling systems and air starting system.
•       Boilers: Steam requirements, Boilers types, other boiler arrangements, boiler mountings, purity of
boiler feed water, Boiler water treatment.
o       Fundamentals of Marine Production
•       Key processes and strategies used in the production of different marine vehicles in different materials
•       Launching and retrieval techniques for ships and marine structures
•       Comparative review of different shipyard types

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture551:0055:00Interactive sessions, require pre-reading
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Design project, technical paper and poster, build & test of prototype, reflective log.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Assessment preparation and completion (Semester 1)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials551:0055:00Online teaching materials including recorded lectures, notes, tutorials and quizzes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Assessment Revision and completion (Semester 2)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00CAD coursework and MATLAB programming exercise
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical201:0020:00Programming & CAD practical sessions, site visits and visit to the Hydrodynamics Laboratory.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study185:0085:00Review and study lecture materials and notes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The use of lectures as the principle teaching method is an effective means to provide students with the acquisition of the sizeable and detailed knowledge base and facilitate understanding of the module material (IKO1-3 and IKO6-11)

In addition to lectures, motivational seminar sessions in conjunction with facilities and industry visits in the best means to introduce students to the variety of activities carried out in maritime industry (IKO 4,5, ISO 4,5,8 and 10). The field trips to a marine production facility (e.g. a ship repair yard, offshore yard, etc.) provides an opportunity to introduce students to a shipyard environment and reinforce the relevance of taught material.

Practical sessions provide the forum for the knowledge and understanding developed through formal lectures to be integrated into tutorial/practical exercises and laboratory sessions. This is particularly important with regards to CAD and programming elements of the module which are practical by nature. These sessions are based on developing skills in the use of various software packages and therefore has a significant element of practical work.
(ISO 1,2,6, and 7)

Group design project is justified by the need to give students the opportunity to develop subject-specific skills through practical challenges and learn to combine various knowledge to solve a particular challenge, negotiate their problems with lectures as well as their peers and articulate their ideas and solutions in a professional setting. This also gives students the opportunity to work in a group (ISO1, 3 and 4).

The independent study time is essential for students to work through the lecture material, coursework, tutorial and past examination questions repeatedly, in their own time and at their own pace, until they thoroughly understand the material. Through this work students will obtain an in-depth comprehension rather than simply memorising how to solve a particular problem; will nurture their skills in analysis and will develop a mature approach to time allocation and personal discipline.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A25Written Assessment, assessing IKO1, IKO2, IKO6
Written Examination1202A35Written examination, assessing IKO6-11, ISO10
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M40Group technical report. Group Presentation and prototype testing, reflective log.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MCAD design and MATLAB programming Formative exercise
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessments will assess both the breadth of knowledge, written communication, literacy and ability to correctly apply methods of calculation to solve problems and analyse the results.
The design project and group presentation will assess the ability to work in a group and apply various knowledge and methods to solve a “real life” challenge in a design, build, and test scenario. This will give students more confidence in presenting and communicating their work as well as efficiency using marine experimental and research facilities. This will also assess critical thinking and problem solving skills. The medium also allows students to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a wide range of topics within a syllabus.

Due to the significant use of CAD designs and programming throughout the degree program, these elements are assessed in various modules at various stages. Hence, it is justified, at this stage to have a formative exercise for these elements.

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