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MAR3045 : Project and Report in Offshore Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Narakorn Srinil
  • Technician: Mr Ian Howard-Row
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
Semester 2 Credit Value: 25
ECTS Credits: 20.0


A1. Independently formulate, undertake and report on a substantial design or research project.
A2. To carry out an independent piece of technical investigation involving project integration, design and/or some research methods.

Outline Of Syllabus

The students will spend the most time independently carrying out research on their chosen topics in offshore engineering. The following issues will be discussed in the class:
(1) The nature and basic requirements of research work;
(2) How to carry out literature search, then write literature review, research proposal and project plan;
(3) How to write the final report in the form of a scientific journal paper.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Journal
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Literature Review & Work Plan
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Dissertation writing
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials61:006:00Teaching and tutorials [PIP]
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical61:006:00Accessing databases [PIP]
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Project supervision (3 hr in each semester) [PIP]
Guided Independent StudyProject work1260:00260:00Project research activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Consultation related to the project (1 hr in each semester) Present-in-person
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
MAR3043Project and Report in Marine Engineering
MAR3044Project and Report in Naval Architecture
MAR3046Project and Report in Small Craft Technology
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide students with the acquisition of the fundamental research skills and the project framework in terms of timetable, milestones and arrangement for supervision (IKO1-IKO2, ISO1-ISO3).
The project provides an opportunity to be able to independently formulate, undertake and report on a substantial design of research project (ISO1-ISO3).
The student should select a member of staff as a supervisor for their intended project who will help establish the scope and focus of the project.
The student should formally agree with the selected member of academic staff that they will act as their supervisor. The supervisor needs to sign both the initial project specification and literature review & project plan to confirm that they are willing to do so.
The supervisor is also responsible for helping the student with all matters relating to the project and is the primary point of contact for all technical and project management issues.
Students are responsible for maintaining regular contact with their selected supervisors and to maintain a written record of their meetings that is subsequently appended to ‘supporting materials’.

Should the public health situation require it, the present-in-person teaching activities will be replaced by synchronous online sessions. In this case, we will have 2 hours for online synchronous drop-in session, 6 hours for online non-synchronous project supervision, 4 hours for online synchronous teaching, 18 hours for online non-synchronous teaching, and the remaining hours for the project-related activities including the dissertation writing up and literature review planning.

Students should consult their timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper2M75Journal paper limited to 12 pgs with a max of 7500words (excld refs) and 10 original figs and/or tables reflecting project outcomes
Research proposal1M13Literature review (maximum of 3000 words and 2-page project plan identifying work packages, milestones and deliverables)
Report2M12Supporting files, scanned materials, collection of spreadsheet calculation/tests, and analysis data related to the project
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Research proposal1MProject Specification. Maximum 600 words plus project objectives and key references
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The literature review and final project are intended to assess the acquisition and application of learning skills.
The project is intended to provide the students with an opportunity to carry out a substantial and largely independent piece of research. The examiners assess the ability of a student to produce a written research report that demonstrates the learning outcomes described in IKO1-IKO2 and ISO1-ISO3.

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