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MAR3038 : Dynamic Modelling and Simulation

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kayvan Pazouki
  • Lecturer: Dr Rosemary Norman
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


A1. To introduce modelling methods and apply them to marine engineering systems.
A2. To introduce the concept and to apply non-linear computer simulation to analyse marine engineering systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module introduces modelling methods and applies them to marine engineering systems. It introduces the concept and application of non-linear computer simulation to analyse marine engineering systems. Topics include: lumped element, lumped systems, solution methods, Labview simulation language, first order system models, second order system models, lineraization, state space representation of dynamic systems, introduction to systems control, modelling mechanical and hydraulic systems.

The tutorial material will cover application of theory covered in the lectures to mechanical and engineering modelling and simulation problems. The assignments will cover different aspects of the lecture course material. The laboratory study will cover modelling and control design of a dynamic system. Simulation and analysis of the dynamic system using Labview and Simulink.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Coursework
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00Computer class
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Tutorial and feedback sessions
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity123:0023:00Review and study lecture materials and notes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study124:0024:00Examination Revision
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 detailed body of materials (IKO 1 - 2).

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 (ISO 1 - 2).

Practical laboratory (Computer Class) work will be conducted. The experimental experience is a key aspect of the course. It develops practical skills, demonstrates the relevance of the lecture material and provides practice in computer-based analysis and performance calculations.

The independent study time is essential for students to work through the lecture material, self-assessed practical work, tutorial and past examination questions repeatedly, in their own time and at their own pace, until the thoroughly understand the material. Through this work students will obtain an in-depth comprehension rather than simply memorising how to solve a particular problem; will nurture their skills in analysis and problem solving and will develop a mature approach to time allocation and personal discipline.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A90N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M10Coursework taking a maximum of 10 hours
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.

The Coursework affords students an opportunity to demonstrate written communication, planning and organising, problem solving, numeracy and computer literacy and associated cognitive skills. The Graduate Skills Framework entries indicated as 'A' are also assessed in this way.

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