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MAR3033 : Marine Engineering Design

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kayvan Pazouki
  • Lecturer: Dr Rosemary Norman
  • 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


To develop knowledge and understanding of:

A1 - Engineering Design and its fundamentals
A2 - The multi-disciplinary nature of marine propulsion systems design and configuration
A3 - Rationale for machinery selection, installation and operation
A4 – Basic gear and shaft design
A5 – Propeller types and their characteristics
A6 – Fuel oil system requirement and design aspect

Outline Of Syllabus

This module provides students with a deep and detailed understanding of engineering design rationale, procedures and multiple criteria design. Students will learn how to arrange and implement machinery space, main/auxiliary power systems and auxiliary machinery facilities onboard ships.
Specific attention will be given to standard and non-standard propulsion units. Teamwork and leadership qualities are introduced, exercised and assessed.

Topics include:

Engineering Design, Logical design method, Pareto distribution, marine vehicle applications; Marine Engineering Design, Machinery requirements, Machinery constraints, Marine environment; Machinery selection, Interaction with ship design, General requirements and considerations; Marine propulsion systems, Overall considerations, Selection and configuration, Combined systems, Electric propulsion system, configuration and distribution; Solar energy and Marine applications, Wind and tidal energy; Gearing, Basic Gear Design, Gear types and applications; Basic shafting design, design sequence, vibration types in shafting, arrangement consideration, shaft withdrawal; Propellers, propeller types and applications; space arrangement, main machinery, design and requirements, classification societies recommendations; Fuel oil system design, classification requirements; Piping design phases, general guidelines and detailed design, materials, insulations; Automation, Unattended Machinery Space (UMS) concept.

Teamwork: This is practiced through the provision of a practical marine engineering design exercise that seeks to foster the skills of engineering judgement in the context of propulsion system design or renewable power generation or alternative fuels, etc. This marine engineering design group coursework provides a realistic insight into the synthesis of a balanced design solution and provides skills in the use of appropriate software. Engineering economic principles and economic criteria, the role of classification societies and regulatory influences will be considered in this design coursework.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials261:0026:00Online Recorded lectures, notes, tutorials and quizzes (S1).
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:300:30Formative assessment. Final Presentation of group coursework.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:3015:30Examination Revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00Scheduled PIP teaching sessions to be recapped. Includes Q/A for recorded lectures. 14 sem1; 4 sem 2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities19:009:00Seminar preparation.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities118:0018:00Tutorial preparation and Follow-up.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching33:009:00Seminar sessions in S2 (Group project discussion)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Tutorial and feedback sessions. 5 in sem1; 4 in sem2
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities118:0018:00Lecture Follow-up: Book chapter, lecture notes, worked example, websites.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity136:0036:00Group Project
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study139:0039:00General Reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will consist of online lecture recordings and guided study materials with a mixture of in-person and synchronous online tutorials to provide structured support for the students’ learning. The structured online materials, covering both semesters, will define the scope of each of the syllabus topics. The use of online lecture recordings as the principle teaching method is an effective means to assist in the acquisition of a knowledge base that will facilitate understanding of a sizeable and detailed body of material (IKO1-8).

Tutorials provide a forum in which students are given the opportunity to develop subject-specific skills, negotiate their problems with lecturers in a less formal approach (IS01-4).

The group project will provide a platform for team work, active participation to exercise team-membership or leadership skills, planning, initiative, organisational, interpersonal, oral presentation, problem solving and numeracy skills (ISO1-4).

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A50Closed book exam (PiP) set at the end of semester 2
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M50Group Design Project, taking approx 36 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
Oral Presentation2MGroup Design Project Presentation (30 minutes)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination affords students an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and possession of subject-specific and key skills. This medium also allows students to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a wide range of topics from the syllabus (IKO1-IKO8).
The engineering design group project provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate written communication, teamwork, leadership, planning and organising, initiative, problem solving, technical creativity and innovation, numeracy and computer literacy and associated cognitive skills. (ISO1-ISO4).

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