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MAR3036 : Small Craft Design

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Richard Birmingham
  • Lecturer: Professor Bob Dow, Dr Simon Benson
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop knowledge and understanding of:
A1. The generic philosophy underlying all design processes.
A2. The strategic application of the design process to small craft.
A3. The tactical approach to designing specific types of craft.
A4. Principles of Structural Design Synthesis
A5. The role of classification societies.

The module enables students to understand and practise the process of synthesis in the design of small craft. Topics include: small craft design procedures, including; design philosophy, computer-aided lines generation, structural calculations and rules, rig analysis, layout design, stability calculations; design considerations for recreational craft and work boats.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module enables students to understand and practise the process of synthesis in the design of small craft.

Topics include:
The design process: mapping information flows, using models to process information.
Synthesis of a preliminary yacht design: the design brief, basic vessels, scaling factors, lines generation (by hand and with the aid of software), keel and rudder design, rig design, balance, general arrangement, scantlings (by rule and from first principles), powering, weight calculation, stability analysis. Design tactics for other small craft types: tugs, fishing vessels.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture361:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion138:0038:00Preparation of revision material, practicing past exam papers and preparation for oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion118:0018:00Examination Revision
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading130:0030:00Research for Design Project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical32:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice120:0020:00Computer Skills Practice
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study114:0014:00Information Retrieval
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge of design synthesis and the design process is delivered through lectures, and a greater in depth understanding is gained by undertaking a design exercise. This is embedded in a substantial piece of coursework which is developed in tandem with relevant lectures and tutorials during Semester 1 (IKO1,2,3,4 and 6, and ISO1,2,3,4 and 6). Practicals in the computing lab are used to introduce Maxsurf software (ISO5).
In Semester 2 the application of procedures learnt during the coursework exercise to other design situations is considered (IKO6).

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A50N/A
Oral Presentation152A25Individual Presentation
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
MAR3033Marine Engineering Design2N/A
MAR3034Ship Design2N/A
MAR3035Offshore Design2N/A
MAR3133Marine Engineering Design2N/A
MAR3135Offshore Design2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M25Small Craft Design Project Report (approx word length 2000 words plus drawings and trim/stability data)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Design synthesis, Oral presentation and the design process is learnt by practice, and this is demonstrated in the assessed report (IKO2 and 3). This also enables assessment to be made of many of the intended skills outcomes (ISO1 to 6). Some intended knowledge outcomes are assessed both from the report and from the examination (IKO4 and 5). The examination enables assessment to be made of understanding of general principles and of specific procedures necessary for the design process (IKO1,6, and 7)

The Graduate Skills Framework entries indicated as 'A' are also assessed in this way.

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