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MAR2021 : Marine Structures I

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Yongchang Pu
  • Lecturer: Dr Narakorn Srinil
  • 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: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The marine structures module aims to explain the fundamental naval architecture concepts for the global and local structural response of a ship in ocean waves.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module provides an awareness of structural principles and their application to marine related problems. The syllabus is in three parts:
Global Strength: Learn how a large ship balances in the water and how the weight and buoyancy forces create global bending moment on the hull structure. Link the behaviour of a ship to that of a simple beam. Develop analysis approaches to determine the wave loading and strength of the metallic ship structure.
Local Strength: Learn how to represent the stiffened plates typically found in a steel ship for the purposes of structural analysis and design. Link this to concepts of beam theory, column buckling and truss structures. Develop analysis skills in beam and buckling strength prediction.
Strength of Advanced Materials: Learn about the types of advanced polymer composite materials that can be used in specialist marine craft. Compare and contrast the differences between steel and other materials applied in a marine environment. Develop approaches to select different materials for specific applications. Determine the stiffness and strength of a composite part.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials440:3022:00Pre-recorded lecture material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion138:0038:00Examination revision (Semester 2)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination (Semester 2)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical42:008:00Coursework preparation sessions (Semester 1) in computer cluster.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching221:0022:00Guided practice of problem-solving skills. 11 in Semester 1 and 11 in Semester 2
Guided Independent StudyProject work140:0040:00Coursework preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study168:0068:00General revision, reading and consolidating of lecture notes. Equivalent to approx. 3 hours per week
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The use of lectures as the principal teaching method is an effective means to provide students with the acquisition of the knowledge and skills within this module

Practical sessions provide the forum for the knowledge and understanding developed through formal lectures to be integrated into a coursework exercise to load an idealised ship with a specified amount of cargo, evaluate the resulting loads, forces and moments. Suggest midship section scantlings and complete local structural analysis

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M50Coursework part 2 -4 taking a maximum of 30 hours
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
Written exercise1MCoursework Part 1 taking a maximum of 10 hours
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination will assess the breadth of knowledge, understanding and ability to perform related ship strength calculations. This medium also allows students to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a wide range of topics from the syllabus (IKO5-IKO10, ISO5-ISO9).

The coursework assesses ability to analyse the global strength of a ship, and provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate written communication, teamwork, planning, organisation, initiative, problem solving and acquisition of learned skills (IKO2-IKO4, ISO2-ISO4)
The formative assessment enables learning and feedback relating to the fundamental equilibrium of a ship that underpins the entire course (IK)1, ISO1).

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