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MAR8498 : Group Project and Report

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Richard Birmingham
  • Lecturer: Dr Simon Benson, Dr Paul Stott, Dr Kayvan Pazouki
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 30
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 25.0


A1 - To provide an opportunity for students of disparate technical backgrounds, representing the different degree streams, to work together on a technical project.
A2 - To provide the students with knowledge and skills relating to effective teamworking.
A3 - To provide the students with the experience of team building exercises beyond their normal disciplines.
A4 - To provide the students with the working environment to acquire knowledge and skills in a technical area extra and above those provided in the rest of the course.
A5 - To provide groups of students with the experience of producing a high quality technical report and design study.

Outline Of Syllabus

The students are expected to identify for themselves a new ship design challenge; this may be a new trade and ship concept (past designs include CO2 Carrier for Carbon Capture and Storage, a Hydrogen Carrier and a Live Fish Food Carrier) or be a design challenge set by a third party.

Topics include:
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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Lectures on team working and project management
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion144:0044:00Project design work
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation of group management report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Preparation of final design presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion26:0012:00Group project presentation of preliminary concept and then of final design
Guided Independent StudyProject work144:0044:00General research in support of design toipic
Guided Independent StudyProject work144:0044:00Project design work
Guided Independent StudyProject work144:0044:00Contribution to final design dissertation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery32:307:30Supervisory meetings with each team
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery61:006:00Meetings with each team
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity242:0048:00Project team meetings with project co-ordinator
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity144:0044:00Individual research and preparation related to assessments.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity144:0044:00Collective preparation of final design dissertation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision62:0012:00Present in person supervisory meetings
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision13:003:00Present in person supervisory meeting with each team
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study196:3096:30Individual 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 (Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Offshore Engineering and Small Craft Technology) 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.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Students should consult their timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Should the public health situation require it, the present-in-person teaching activities?will be replaced by a mix of synchronous and asynchronous online sessions.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M60Group Project - Individual contribution approximately 5000 words
Report2M20Management Report - A maximum of 4000 words
Oral Examination2M201 hour group presentation (indv.20 mins) Prep time approx. 15 hrs.
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.

Should the public health situation require it, the oral examination scheduled to be completed present-in-person will be replaced by either a video recording of the presentation or online synchronous presentations.

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