MR8100 - Theory of Marine Design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination and Work
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Arbeider 50/100 ALLE
Muntlig eksamen 50/100 E

Course content

After completing the course the students will have acquired knowledge related to
- The concept of design
- Establishment of background and basis of marine design
- Abstraction, idea generation and convergence
- Modeling the design process
- Design models as means of communication
- Pros and cons of design models
- Criteria of system building and limitation

The students will also acquire skills in applying the design theories to concrete application areas through the work with the report.

Learning outcome

The goal of the course is to give provide fundamental knowledge and insight into advanced topics in design theory, models and methods, both by presenting the historical context of this field, as well as providing insight into the current state-of-research. Further, to provide competence and skills into applying theories and methods for research and technology development of ocean engineering systems.
After completing the course, the student should have gained a fundamental understanding of the definitions and characteristics of (marine) design, design vs science, design model & process taxonomy, design representations, basic inference processes in design, systems engineering and design, important schools and directions in design, including Catalogue Design (Pahl&Beitz), Robust Design (Suh), Decision-Based Design (Mistree), Building-Block Design (Andrews), Configuration-Based Design, Knowledge-Based Design (Coyne, Gero), Risk-Based Design (Papanikolaou), design optimization, multi-criteria models, rule-based design frameworks, and the handling complexity in design. The student should also be able to discuss and develop a personal system critical assessment of current research topics and directions, and place this in the context of his/her own research agenda.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures. Mandatory exercises: Preparing a report on a given subject. A sufficient number of candidates must be registered for the course to be given. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required. Both the oral exam and the report must be passed for the course to be passed.

Further on evaluation

For a retake of examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken

Course materials

Text: Articles handed out in class.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
DIN0572 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Marine Technology


Examination arrangement: Oral examination and Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Muntlig eksamen 50/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Arbeider 50/100 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Muntlig eksamen 50/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Arbeider 50/100 ALLE
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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