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MAR8184 : Energy and Environmental Performance of Ships at Sea

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Trodden
  • 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


The module aims to provide students with the main causes of performance loss of ships at sea, and ways to estimate those losses.

Outline Of Syllabus

Ships are complex assets operating in some of the harshest environments on earth. Actively monitoring, managing and reducing their energy demands whilst maintaining operability is critical to meet the latest climate and environmental regulations. The understanding of how the environment effects these energy demands, and how the energy performance and impact is calculated is explored throughout the syllabus.
The syllabus comprises:
•       Forces and moments acting on a ship in her natural environment.
•       The ship and operator’s response to these external forces and moments.
•       The effect of the ship’s response to service conditions on resistance and propulsion characteristics.
•       Methods to estimate, both numerically and practically, the performance impact of service conditions.
•       Mitigation of harmful emissions through pollution prevention methods.
•       Environmental performance indicators.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture83:0024:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Study for, and completion of assessment
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities116:0016:00Research based on practical demonstrations
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity135:0035:00Study and review of learning material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will consist of lectures, tutorials and online resources which provide students with a structured format to assimilate the knowledge content and define the scope of each of the syllabus topics.
Exercise and tutorial sessions provide students with the opportunity to gain feedback which enhances their learning which can be further applied in their summative assessment. (IKO1-4)

The independent study time is essential for students to work through the lecture material, in their own time and at their own pace. (ISO 1-4)

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M100Ship Performance assessment and research exercise. A word limit of 10,000
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 Written Exercise project affords students the opportunity to assemble, appraise, demonstrate, recall and report on subject specific key skills (IKO1-4). This also allows students to demonstrate critical thinking as well as demonstrating numeracy and literacy and associated cognitive skills.
The Computer Assessment (quiz) (ISO1-4) can be used to provide the student with feedback so they can assess their progress and develop their skills for use with the summative assessment.
The coursework assesses their knowledge without a tight time limit, which is beneficial to the more practical applications of estimating ship performance.

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