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MAR3038 : Dynamic Modelling and Simulation

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kayvan Pazouki
  • Lecturer: Dr Rosemary Norman
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


A1. Understanding mathematical modelling methods and apply them to marine engineering systems.
A2. Understanding the concept of control theory and apply linear and non-linear computer simulation to analyse marine engineering systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module introduces mathematical modelling methods and applies them to marine engineering systems. It introduces the concept of control theory and application of linear and non-linear computer simulation to analyse marine engineering systems.

Topics include:
Mathematical modelling of lumped element and systems, solution methods, appropriate simulation software, first and second order systems models, linearisation, state space representation of dynamic systems, introduction to systems control, modelling mechanical and hydraulic systems.

The tutorial material will cover application of theory covered in the lectures to mechanical and engineering modelling and simulation problems.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials201:0020:00Online Recorded lectures, notes, tutorials and quizzes (S1).
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion40:302:00Formative assessment. Time limited Canvas quizzes to prepare students for summative assessment.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Time limited Canvas assessment (60%)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion116:0016:00Extensive Coursework (40%)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical14:004:00Computer Class
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Scheduled PIP seminar sessions (1 hour per week) to be recapped. Includes Q/A for recorded lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Tutorial and feedback sessions
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities118:0018:00Book chapter, additional lecture notes, worked example, websites
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study122:0022:00Review and study lecture materials, notes and general reading.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will consist of In-person teaching, 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 semester 1, will define the scope of each of the syllabus topics. The use of online lecture recordings as the principal teaching method is justified by the need to assist students in the acquisition of a knowledge base that will facilitate understanding of a sizeable detailed body of materials (IKO 1 - 2).

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 (ISO 1 - 2).

Practical laboratory (Computer Class) work will be conducted. The experimental experience is a key aspect of the course. It develops practical skills, demonstrates the relevance of the lecture material and provides practice in computer-based analysis and performance calculations.

The independent study time is essential for students to work through the lecture material, self-assessed practical work, tutorial and past examination questions repeatedly, in their own time and at their own pace, until the 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 problem solving and will develop a mature approach to time allocation and personal discipline.

Should the public health situation require it, the present-in-person teaching activities will be replaced by synchronous online sessions.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1201A60Time Limited Canvas Assessment
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M40Coursework taking, approximately 16 hours, producing simulation model and report (Equivalent of 1000 words).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination affords students an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and possession of subject specific and key skills. The medium also allows students to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a wide range of topics within a syllabus.

The Coursework affords students an opportunity to demonstrate written communication, planning and organising, problem solving, numeracy and computer literacy and associated cognitive skills.

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