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MAR3049 : Dissertation in Maritime Engineering (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Narakorn Srinil
  • Other Staff: Mr Ian Howard-Row
  • 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: 20
ECTS Credits: 15.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 marine 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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials121:0012:00Teaching and tutorials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Dissertation Writing
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Literature Review Plan.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Collection of data, post processing and analysis
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:001:00Accessing databases
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Project supervision (3 hr in each semester)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Consultation related to the project (1 hr in each semester)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1184:00184:00Project research activities
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’.

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 7500 words (excld refs) and 10 original figs and/or tables reflecting project outcomes
Report1M13Literature review (maximum of 3000 words and 2-page project plan identifying work packages, milestones and deliverables)
Report2M12Supporting files, materials, collection of spreadsheet calculations/tests, and analysis data related to the project
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
Research proposal1MProject Specification. maximum 600 words plus project objectives and key references
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module 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 which demonstrates the intended learning outcomes.

Research Proposal 1 formatively assesses the students’ ability to define for their intended project drawing objectives (IS01).

Report 2 (Literature Review) assesses the students’ ability to critically review Journals and Conference papers to define research question for their intended research subject (IK01).

Research Paper 1 assesses the students’ ability to carry out individual research and design project demonstrating proposed methodology and discussions on results using library and web-based resources (IK02, IS01, IS02 & IS03).

Report 1 assesses the students’ ability to demonstrate of own and individual work (IS02 & IS03).

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