IP504017 - Ship Design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment and written examination
Grade: Letters

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

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 Manoeuvring Dynamic positioning Propulsion 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

Knowledge: 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.    Skills: 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 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Marine Technology
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment and written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio assessment 40/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination (1) 60/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Oral examination (resit) 60/100
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.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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