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MAR3038 : Dynamic Modelling and Simulation

  • 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
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion16:306:30Revision for end of Sem exam summ assessmnt (80%). Plan B alternative assessment:End of Sem Dig Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion17:307:30Computer based simulation coursework (20%)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Scheduled PIP seminar sessions (1 hour per week) to be recapped. Includes Q/A for recorded lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion40:302:00Time limited Canvas quizzes to prepare students for summative assessment.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials201:0020:00Online Recorded lectures, notes, tutorials and quizzes (S1).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0012:00Tutorial preparation and follow up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00Computer Class. Familiarisation with appropriate computer-based simulation software e.g Simulink
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Scheduled PIP tutorial and feedback sessions
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities111:0011:00Lecture follow-up, book chapter, lecture notes, worked example, websites
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00review 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A80PiP (exam hall) assessment Plan B - Digital Examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M20Coursework taking, approximately 7.5 hours, producing simulation model and report (Equivalent of 1000 words).
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
Computer assessment1MCanvas quiz to provide formative feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination affords students an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and possession of subject specific and key skills (IKO 1 - 2, ISO 1). 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 simulation model development skill, problem solving, numeracy and computer literacy and associated cognitive skills (ISO1 - 2).

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