IP504017 - Ship Design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment and Written exam
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Portfolio assessment 40/100
Written examination 60/100 4 hours KALKULATOR

Course content

Overall Design Considerations
Vessel types
Design Process and Constraints
Design methods and techniques
Design Project Planning
Decision making
General Arrangement
Weight control
Ship Structural Design
Structural design loads
Global Response in waves
Strength evaluation
Structural systems
Design of various structural elements
Moment of inertia and section modulus of Hull structure
Combined Vertical and horizontal bending
The Design report
Preliminary Design Project
Ship Hull Form Design
Hull form
Sea-keeping qualities and criteria
Dynamic positioning
Propeller performance and design considerations
Admirality coefficient
Roughness and fouling (hull and propeller)
Monitoring ship performance
Ship Systems
Primary machinery; Diesel engine, gas turbines
Propulsion trains; Diesel-mechanical, Diesel-electric
Auxiliary machinery
Ship service systems
Shafting and propellers
Steering gear
Instrumentation and control

Learning outcome

The course will give the student knowledge about the trade-offs and compromises different aspects of ship design brings in the concept stage of the creation of a ship.   

The student will get an overall understanding on how the various design criteria for a vessel affects the overall ship design. He/she will in addition be able to do multi discipline high level analyses to document the feasibility of their own developed ship concept design.   

General competence:
The student will be familiar with the ship concept design process and its terminology.

Learning methods and activities

Class room lectures, homework, assignments and team project work.   

Further on evaluation

Both parts must be approved.Resit exam:For the resit exam, the candidate must submit a new project work if he/she failed with the project (40%).  In either case a new oral exam is required (60%).Re-sit examination:Students are entitled to re-sit the written exam if they have legitimate reasons for absence, or have failed. The re-sit exam for the written exam is an oral exam. If students fail the assignment portfolio, they have to retake it during the next ordinary examination semester.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Naval Architecture (850MD)
Naval Architecture (850ME)

Course materials

Design of ship hull structures: A practical guide for engineers, Springer-Verlag (2009), ISBN: 978-3-540-88444-6
Ship Design for Efficiency and Economy, Butterworth Heinemann (1998), ISBN: 0750641339

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)


Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment and Written exam

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio assessment 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 60/100 KALKULATOR
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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