TMR4135 - Design Methods 2: Special Vessels


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Approved report 40/100
Oral examination 60/100 E

Course content

Modeling of missions and operations for determining customer requirements. Design processes adapted to special vessels - Accelerated Business Development (ABD) and system based ship-design. Introduction to design theories, and design theories applied at other universities. Conceptual design based on parametric analysis. Development of function architecture and functional requirements. Modularization and product platforms. Methods for decision making under uncertainty for special vessels: Tradespace, Epoch-Era, Design Structure Matrices. Operations research methods relevant for special vessel contexts and problems. Data analysis applied on AIS data for operational pattern analysis. Simulation based life-cycle performance analysis for operability, fuel efficiency and economy. Introduction to risk based ship design, with a probabilistic damage stability case. 

Learning outcome

The course shall enable the students for concept design of advanced vessels, apply advanced methods and be introduces to research-based state-of-art in the design and verification process, with due regard for the boundary conditions and functional requirements governing special vessels and special vessel operations.

Learning methods and activities

The course consists of two main parts: 1. Lectures, videolectures and colloquial group based discussions where student groups or lecturer introduce themes for discussions. 2. A team based vessel design project. The design project is based upon a given method for fast-track concept design.

Compulsory assignments

  • Report

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes an oral exam (60%) and report (40%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Lecture notes, book-chapters and scientific journal papers.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIN0545 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

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: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Oral examination 60/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved report 40/100
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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