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MAR8185 : Marine Systems and Digitalisation

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Serkan Turkmen
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims to:
-       Promote sustainable marine systems through mathematical modelling and case studies
-       Introduce techniques to understand and model marine systems
-       Apply control engineering methods to model marine systems

Outline Of Syllabus

Marine machinery systems are rapidly adapting in form and function as the global maritime industry moves to decarbonisation whilst also harnessing the power of digitalisation to control and monitor systems in real-time and in simulation environments. The underlying theory of control systems engineering will be a crucial part of future digitalisation of maritime assets including autonomy, artificial intelligence and digital twins.

The syllabus comprises:
-       Introduction to control system engineering
-       Features and configurations of control systems
-       Laplace Transforms
-       Methods for the design and analysis of control systems
-       Application of simulation techniques for marine systems

Teaching is classroom based but with an emphasis on practical and future systems within the maritime industry, the knowledge of which is assessed via an exam Tutorials and coursework are focused on digital simulation which comprises the practical part of the assessment

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion119:0019:00Coursework
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials101:0010:00Online teaching materials incl. recorded lectures, computer classes, notes, tutorials and quizzes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion122:0022:00Examination Revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture182:0036:00Timetabled sessions. Lecture sessions to be recapped
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Timetabled sessions, tutorial and feedback sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching43:0012:00Timetabled sessions Computer class
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study190:0090:00Review and study lecture materials and notes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The use of lectures 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 and detailed body of materials.
Tutorials provide a forum in which students are given opportunity to develop subject-specific skills, negotiate their problems with tutors and their peers in a less formal approach. (IKO1-5)

Coursework which is based on development of a simulation and analysis program will provide a platform for active participation to exercise cognitive skills, planning, problem-solving, numeracy skills and computer literacy.
Independent study affords an opportunity to bring together relevant knowledge, subject specific and assessed key skills.(ISO1-4)

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A75End of Sem2
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M25Report summarising the simulation and analysis computer program (2000 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 assessment2MCanvas 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. The medium also allows students to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a wide range of topics within a syllabus under time-limited conditions, this being a valuable metric for any subsequent employer.

The computer-based simulation laboratory work (the coursework) assess their ability to perform dynamic modelling simulation, interpretation and presentation, without a tight time limit.

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