TMR4115 - Design Methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course covers core methods applied in the design of complex marine systems, focusing on methods for systems analysis, product development, decision support, simulation and optimization. The course provides an overview of important design related decision problems on fleet, vessel and main systems level, and how mathematical models can be developed and solved in order to find good solutions. This includes the application of linear and non-linear optimization, integer programming, network problems, decisions under uncertainty, simulation, utility theory and selection problems. Realistic, industry relevant cases will be solved through assignments, with a focus on mathematical modeling and the use of software tools and programming in python.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the students shall be able to find good solutions to important marine technology design problems systems analysis methods, mathematical models and corresponding solution methods. This includes: - Acquiring a fundamental understanding of the nature of design, and the difference between design and analysis - Be able to formulate core decision problems in marine design as a mathematical model, discuss the characteristics and behavior of this model, and selecting an appropriate solution method for the problem - Be able to formulate and solve linear optimization problems using the Simplex methods, and understand how post solution analysis can be used to gain additional insight into the original problem - Formulate and solve simple integer and binary problems, related to fleet size and mix, equipment configuration and arrangements - Be able to formulate and solve non linear optimization problems, primarily related to hull form design - Understand core principles related to decisions under uncertainty and real options - Be able to apply utility and value based methods for selection problems - Develop simulation models that reflects the operational behavior pattern for a vessel as part of a fleet or transportation chain, and use this model to support design related decisions.

Learning methods and activities

Learning is based on both ordinary classes and assignments. The assignments focus on applying methods using databased tools.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignment

Further on evaluation

The grade in the course is based on a final written exam (100%). Examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. Postponed/repeated exams may be oral. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Course materials

Compendium, lecture notes and papers will be made available in Blackboard.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIN0540 7.5
More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Marine Technology


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D PAPIR
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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