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MAR1016 : Marine Design and Professional Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Maryam Haroutunian
  • Lecturer: Dr Paul Stott, Dr Narakorn Srinil, Dr David Trodden, Dr Kayvan Pazouki
  • 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
•       Fundamentals of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
•       Maritime Industry and research
•       Practical Engineering skills

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to design theory and Practice comprises:
- A series of exercises and practical's to introduce the fundamentals of engineering design through elicitation, visualisation, communication (including Lines Plan), and computation (CAD and programming)

Introduction to Maritime Industry and research comprises:
- Familiarisation with the Maritime Industry Sector (Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Offshore Engineering, Small Craft Technology and Marine Production)
- Insight into current practices involving on-campus and off-campus site visits (such as in-house Marine Research facilities, and off-campus Ports, Shipyards, Simulators)
- Fundamentals of Marine Production such as key processes and strategies used in the production of different marine vehicles using different materials, Launching and retrieval techniques for ships and marine structures and comparative review of different shipyard types

Fundamentals of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering comprise:
- Naval architectural terms and concepts (such as Archimedes principles, establishing equilibrium, Numerical integration to calculate various ship properties)
- Basic Ship transverse and longitudinal stability cases (such as the effects of loading and offloading cargo; suspended loads, free surface effect, basic flooding calculations; calculation of heel and trim; populating and evaluating curves of static stability)
- Ships and Machinery including types of propulsion engines, Main and Auxiliary Machinery arrangements. Marine Diesel Engines and cycles, Power measurement, Combustion equations, Stoichiometric air/fuel ratio calculation, Gas exchange process and pressure charging, Components of two and four stroke engines.
- Marine Engine Supporting Systems including fuel system, lubricating oil system, cooling systems and air starting system.
- Boilers including steam requirements, Boilers types, other boiler arrangements, boiler mountings, purity of boiler feed water, Boiler water treatment.

Practical Engineering skills comprises:
- computer aided practical's (CAD, programming, use of Arduinos and 3D printer) and engineering practical skills (such as operating safely and responsibly in a laboratory environment, familiarisation with in-house model testing facilities, the use of hand tools, soldering, use of CNC machines and so on)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
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 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.
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 (IKO3-7)

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 1and 2). The field trips to a marine production facility provide an opportunity to introduce students to an industry 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, programming and practical engineering skills elements of the module which are practical by nature. These sessions are based on developing skills in the use of various software packages, hand tools and other practical and experimental tools and facilities and therefore have a significant element of practical work (ISO3-8).

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 (ISO1,2, 4 and 8).

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
Written Examination1202A35Written examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M30Group technical report. Group Presentation and prototype testing
Practical/lab report1M10A set of engineering practical skills including CAD design, Computer programming, use of hand tools, soldering, use of Arduinos, 3D printers and CNC machines.
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 assessment1MComputer based exercise to practice fundamental marine concepts, programming and CAD skills
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. (IKO1-7)

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 (ISO 2, 4 and 8)

Due to the significant use of CAD designs, computer programming and practical skills in the laboratories throughout the degree program as well as in the workplace, it is justified to assess these elements in stage 1 to assure students are ready to use them in future years. (ISO3-8)

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