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MAR3033 : Marine Engineering Design

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kayvan Pazouki
  • Lecturer: Dr Rosemary Norman, Professor Bob Dow
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop knowledge and understanding of:

A1 - Engineering Design and its fundamentals
A2 - The multi-disciplinary nature of marine propulsion systems design
A3 - Rationale for machinery selection, installation and operation

Outline Of Syllabus

This module provides students with a deep and detailed understanding of engineering design rationale, procedures and multiple criteria design. Students will learn how to arrange and implement machinery space, main/auxiliary power systems and axuiliary machinery facilities onboard ships. Specific attention will be given to standard and non-standard propulsion units. Teamwork and leadership qualities are introduced, exercised and assessed.

Topics include:

Engineering Design, Logical design method, Pareto distribution, marine vehicle applications, ship design; Marine Engineering Design, Machinery requirements, Machinery constraints, Marine environment; Machinery selection, Interaction with ship design, General requirements and considerations; Marine propulsion systems, Overall considerations, Selection and configuration, Combined systems, power transmission and matching; Gearing, Basic Gear Design, Gear types and applications; shafting, design sequence, vibration, arrangement consideration, shaft withdrawal; Propellers, propeller types and applications; space arrangement, main machinery, design and requirements, classification societies recommendations; piping design phases, general guidelines and detailed design, materials, insulations; automation, UMS concept, intelligent engine; design for production, general design techniques, modular construction, standardisation, scheduling. Team work: principles, responsibilities and team management. Engineering economic principles and economic criteria, the role of classification societies and regulatory influences, design for production and project management, principles of cost estimating.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion122:0022:00Examination Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture222:0044:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching33:009:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Tutorial and feedback sessions
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity148:0048:00Group Project
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00Review and study lecture material and notes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00General Reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The use of lectures as the principle teaching method is an effective means to assist in the acquisition of a knowledge base that will facilitate understanding of a sizeable and detailed body of material (IKO1-3).

Tutorials provide a forum in which students are given the opportunity to develop subject-specific skills, negotiate their problems with tutors and their peers in a less formal approach (IS01-2).

The group project will provide a platform for team work, active participation to exercise team-membership or leadership skills, planning, initiative, organisational, interpersonal, oral presentation, problem solving and numeracy skills (ISO1-3).

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A50N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
MAR3034Ship Design2N/A
MAR3035Offshore Design2N/A
MAR3036Small Craft Design2N/A
MAR3133Marine Engineering Design2N/A
MAR3135Offshore Design2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M50Group Design Project, taking approx 48 hours
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination affords students an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and possession of subject-specific and key skills. This medium also allows students to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a wide range of topics from the syllabus (IKO1-IKO4).
The engineering design group project provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate written communication, teamwork, leadership, planning and organising, initiative, problem solving, technical creativity and innovation, numeracy and computer literacy and associated cognitive skills. (ISO1-ISO3).

Reading Lists