MR8500 - PhD Topics in Marine Control Systems


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Portfolio assessment 100/100

Course content

The course is organized for PhD students to target advanced topics within the themes of modeling, simulation, and control and observer design for marine Control systems. The learning is generally conducted as a self-study course with common colloquies for discussion of relevant topics within the main themes. The aim is for the PhD candidates to specify and learn advanced subjects within modeling, simulation, and control/estimation for marine Control systems that is not covered in MSc courses or in other PhD courses at the university. Some semesters the topic may be announced and set to a specific subject and lectured in a traditional way by a recognized national or international invited guest lecturer.

Learning outcome

At the end of the course, the student should be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the studied topic on an advanced level, taken from the theme of modeling, simulation, and Control/estimation of a marine Control system process.

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
-explain the background theory of the studied topic and relate this with a clear rationale to the derivation of a model or process analysis, implementation of a simulator, and/or design of advanced marine control laws or estimator algorithms;
- focused problem formulation/research question; and
- demonstrate proficiency in why and how to the use relevant methods for solving the specified problems.

General competency:
By participation and completion of the course, the student should:
- write a journal paper with a clear and concise exposition of problem formulation, derivations, simulations, assessments, and conclusions, and to orally present the results of a project in a clear and efficient manner, within time limits; and
- conduct academic studies and written work in an honest and ethical manner, without any sort of plagiarism and misconduct in the coursework, project papers, and presentations.

Learning methods and activities

The learning is generally conducted as a self-study course within the main themes. The course is given each study year, With start each fall semester, if sufficiently many students are registered. Some semesters the course may be lectured in a traditional way by an invited guest lecturer, based on traditional lectures, exercises, and projects.

Compulsory assignments

  • Project report / article

Further on evaluation

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

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Will be agreed at the start of the semester based on defined subjects or guest lectures.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  10.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 5

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of specialization hours: 8

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Marine Cybernetics
  • Marine Operation and Maintenance Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Marine Structures
  • Marine Hydrodynamics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Marine Technology



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio assessment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Portfolio assessment 100/100
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.

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