TMR4256 - Marine technology 6 - Design of marine systems


New from the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Report with adjusting oral
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Report with adjusting oral 100/100

Course content

Marine system design case assignment: A CDIO-build exercise, according to the FTS project.

The course will give the students practice in the design of a marine system, with emphasis on the contribution from marine engineering disciplines in such a design process. This involves acquiring and applying relevant information and relevant methods in the design process and associated marine technical analyses. It is assumed that the students are able to use the syllabus the students have had so far in their studies in an adequate way. In addition, lectures will be given in new topics that are central to being able to complete the course. An important part of the course is being able to reflect on your own design and analysis process and the results of these.

Project planning of a marine system, with a focus on characteristics (functional requirements) to cover key future needs within social and business development. The design process will help to illuminate the role and contribution of important marine technical engineering disciplines as they are organized into the specializations of the study programme.

Central topics covered in the course are needs clarification, idea development, idea evaluation and choice of concept. The results of this work will be further processed into comprehensive solutions. Drawings, models, analysis and description of the marine system as a whole, as well as of the most important subsystems, shall be prepared.

Big-challenge project challenge

Industrial cooperation

Interdisciplinary marine technical and interpersonal skills

Learning outcome

The course seeks to provide students with comprehensive and integrated competence consisting of knowledge, skills and attitudes to be able to actively participate in the development of new marine engineering solutions in a life-cycle perspective.

A student who has completed the course is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The subject will provide knowledge of a comprehensive approach that takes into account marine technical contributions to global challenges such as climate, environment, energy, food, minerals, transport, biological diversity and safety. Knowledge of the use of marine engineering discipline-competence within engineering for the design, analysis, implementation and operation of vessels, ships and other structures, systems and services for knowledge-based value creation and sustainable management of the oceans.

The candidate must be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge within marine engineering core and discipline subjects as well as knowledge of methods and tools for work with planning, development, analysis, modelling, simulation, problem solving, as well as innovation and entrepreneurship within marine engineering issues including marine constructions, marine systems and operations.
  • Knowledge of project and group work, individual and professional skills, motivation, organization and management.


The candidate must be able to;

  • together with others, identify, define, model, develop and analyze complex technical, interdisciplinary and practical problems and systems, including sustainability challenges, within the marine engineering disciplines, as well as make justified choices of methods and solution methodology for the problem in question.
  • design, develop and analyze systems, components and constructions linked to and based on the knowledge the candidate has acquired.
  • plan and implement technological projects and tasks independently and in groups.
  • carry out a technologically limited development project under supervision, in a group, in line with research ethical norms, and make an assessment of the project's contribution to sustainable development.
  • utilize individual and professional skills for the development of leadership skills and management within typical engineering businesses and projects, for sustainable development

General competence

The candidate;

  • can think and act creatively, critically, constructively and respectfully both individually and in groups and understand how innovation and entrepreneurship contribute to innovation and increased sustainability in society.
  • must have the ability to find and critically assess relevant information for a problem.
  • must be able to communicate and reflect both in writing and orally about own work.
  • must have a holistic view of sustainable development and be able to assess the environmental, social, ethical and financial consequences of products, processes and systems within the marine technical subject area in a life cycle perspective.

Learning methods and activities

Group work - multidisciplinary, with cross-cutting subgroups according to specialization discipline (hydrodynamics, structures, cybernetics, machinery, engineering, operational technology)

Lectures - physical and digital (preparation)

Industrial case assignment

Physical and digital lab

Presentation, flipped classroom

Further on evaluation

Written report and adjusting oral presentation of the project work form the basis for grading in the course.

The project work is carried out in groups. Each group member must contribute as much to the result as the others in the group. All members of a group are initially given the same grade, unless a candidate contributes less than the other group members. In that case, the group members can be assessed individually.

'Adjusting oral' is an oral test that has a particularly close connection with a previous work. An independent grade is not given for 'adjusting oral', but adjusting oral is included in the assessment when the grade is determined. 'Adjusting oral' can in this context also cover in-depth presentation of models and the like that the group has developed as part of the project work.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Industrial Economics and Technology Management (MTIØT) - some programmes
Marine Technology (MTMART)

Required previous knowledge

In accordance with natural study progression in the five-year master's degree in marine technology.

TMR4105 Marin teknikk - Grunnlag

TMR4167 Marin teknikk - Konstruksjoner

TMR4247 Marin teknikk - Hydrodynamikk

TMR4335 Marin teknikk - Propulsjonssystemer, sikkerhet og miljø

Course materials

Case description.

Lecture material related to the design process and discipline groups.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TMR4254 3.8 AUTUMN 2023
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Marine Cybernetics
  • Marine Operation and Maintenance Engineering
  • Marine System Design
  • Marine Engineering
  • Marine Structures
  • Marine Technology
  • Marine Hydrodynamics


Examination arrangement: Report with adjusting oral

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Report with adjusting oral 100/100 INSPERA
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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