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MAR8186 : Team Project in Maritime Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kayvan Pazouki
  • Lecturer: Dr Maryam Haroutunian
  • 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: 30
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 20.0
European Credit Transfer System


The module aims are to:

· Develop creative engineering teamwork skills

· Demonstrate and explore contemporary engineering challenges within the maritime sector

· Apply engineering teamwork techniques and processes to produce creative solutions for complex maritime problems that evidence some originality and meet a combination of societal, user, business and customer needs

· Appraise broad environmental, societal and life-cycle impacts of large scale implementation of engineered solutions to maritime challenges.

· Evaluate the effectiveness of own and team performance

Outline Of Syllabus

This module brings together the learning, knowledge and skills developed throughout the degree programme into a single capstone team project. Students are split into engineering teams. Each team identifies a contemporary maritime engineering challenge suitable for completing a concept level holistic design. Each team manages and delivers a concept design process with supervision from the academic staff within the marine technology group.

A series of seminars introduce teamworking skills and processes including: Team roles; Team effectiveness; Team building; Conflict management and resolution; Problem solving and dilemma methodology; Group management; Time management; Writing Group Reports; Group assessment.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion23:006:00Group project presentation of preliminary concept and then of final design
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion210:0020:00Preparation of preliminary and final design presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation of group management report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Lectures on team working and project management Block 1.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion148:0048:00Contribution to final design dissertation
Guided Independent StudyProject work148:0048:00Project design work
Guided Independent StudyProject work148:0048:00General research in support of design topic
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity148:0048:00Collective preparation of final design dissertation
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity242:0048:00Project team meetings
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery62:0012:00Supervisory meetings with each team
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study196:0096:00Individual research and preparation related to assessments.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The team is normally comprised of 6 students selected to provide parity between teams in terms of degree programme discipline representation and overall group ability. In the first semester, students are introduced to the issues of teamwork and team building in a series of lectures and seminars in which they carry out team awareness and team building exercises. In the second semester they have a regular slot in which they hold group meetings. Half of these take the form of seminars in which they present their current work and progress reports to the Group Project supervisors. Group Project Reports require, in various measure, literature review, analysis, synthesis evaluation and criticism of the work of others. The format of the report should aim at achieving the subject specific and cognitive skills as described above.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M60Group Project Reports
Oral Examination2M201 hour group presentation (indv.20 mins) Prep time approx. 15 hrs.
Report2M20Management Report
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
Oral Presentation1MPublic group presentation of 20 minutes duration, delivered to academic group and industry reps. Held at end of block 1
Oral Presentation1MPublic group presentation of 30 minutes duration, delivered to academic group and industry reps. Held at end of semester 1
Written exercise2MPrivate group design review session, held mid-way in semester 2
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation is intended to provide the students with an opportunity to carry out a substantial group design project that involves considerable independent research and design work. The examiners assess the ability of a student to produce a written research report which demonstrates the intended learning outcomes described in IKO1-3 and ISO1 -9. Each group also provides an overview of the results of their project in a one hour presentation. This demonstrates the intended learning outcomes IKO1-3, and ISO1-9. All formal records of group working will be submitted in the Group Management Report, demonstrating the intended learning outcomes IKO2 and ISO1 and 2.

In doing so the skills of critical thinking, numeracy, data synthesis, literacy, active learning, source materials, synthesise and present materials, use of computer applications, goal setting & action planning, innovation & creativity, initiative, independence, problem solving, written communication, collaboration, negotiation, relationship building, leadership, negotiation, peer assessment/review, market awareness, financial awareness, ethical awareness governance awareness and business planning.

The dissertation, including contributions from all team members, should be no more than 300 pages in length excluding appendices.

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