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MAR3034 : Ship Design

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Trodden
  • Lecturer: Dr Simon Benson
  • 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


A1 - The design process as applied to ships;
A2 - The multi-disciplinary nature of the ship design process;
A3 - The ship design problem and contemporary influences on ship design;
A4 - Ship design methods for deadweight, capacity linear and rule ships;
A5 - Design considerations related to the type of cargo and operation of the vessel;
A6 - Hull form design and hydrodynamic optimisation for sustainable operation;
A7 - The synthesis of a ship design solution.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics include:
The development of the ship design process and modelling information; the ship design problem for different ship types; deadweight, capacity, linear and rule ships; methods of obtaining preliminary and capacity ratios; estimation of lightship components of mass; contemporary influences on lightship components; estimation of consumables; the design of ship lines; relationships between hull form and hydrodynamic performance in still water and waves; bow and stern design; design for seakeeping; Forward and Inverse Analysis; optimisation methods applied to ship design, genetic algorithm based hydrodynamic optimisation; mathematical representation of hull lines and surfaces.

This is practised through the provision of a practical ship design exercise that seeks to foster the skills of engineering judgement in the context of ship design. This ship design coursework provides a realistic insight into the synthesis of a balanced ship design solution and provides skills in the use of state of the art ship design software.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials101:0010:00Online recorded lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00Interactive, present-in-person lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Coursework completion, exam preparation and assessment
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities110:0010:00Guided technical exercises (MaxSurf)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Demonstrations, problem solving exercises
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities140:0040:00Research based upon design exercise
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity119:0019:00Reflection of application of learning to project application
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study155:0055:00Write up lecture notes, revision, general reading
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 the understanding of the module material (IKO1-9).
Practical sessions provide the forum for the knowledge and understanding developed through formal lectures to be integrated into a substantial coursework exercise to design a general-purpose container friendly cargo ship (ISO1-4). This ship design exercise provides a platform to exercise team-working, management, planning, initiative, organisational, interpersonal, 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 Examination902A50N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Offshore Design2N/A
Small Craft Design2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M50Ship Design Project (approx word length 2000 words plus drawings and trim/stability data)
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 Presentation1MShip Design Proposal (or Tender). Students make a presentation on the ship design they would like to produce
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination oral presentation will assess the breadth of knowledge, understanding and ability to perform related ship design calculations.

The written examination will assess the medium also allows students to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a wide range of topics from the syllabus (IKO1-9) as well as assessing literacy, numeracy and critical thinking. The Ship Design coursework provides an opportunity to put into practice the intended knowledge outcomes (IKO1-9) as well as providing students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following skills: Active learning; Synthesis and presentation of materials; Innovation and creativity; Problem solving. The Ship Design coursework uses state of the art ship design software and so provides assessment in the use of computer applications in this context as well as the intended skills outcomes (ISO1-4).

The word length for the ship design project is per individual contributing to a group project. Group size is normally 4 people.

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