TS8001 - Maritime Systems Design and Methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Report
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Report 100/100

Course content

The course presents state-of-the-art knowledge on the maritime industry. Principles of Marine Design: - Design for the Blue Ocean Environment - Design of Human Engineered Complex Structures - General concepts of Maritime Systems • From Mission to Operation (Form/Function) at Sea Overview of Maritime Systems • Offshore Units (Platform) • Ships • Subsea Structures • Wind and energy • Complex Equipment (crane, winch, tanks, plant) • Common and specific points (Form/Function) Methods and Analysis • Basic Design Methods (interactive process) • Systems Mission – Performance – Economics Assessment • Maritime Systems of Systems (e.g. fleet) and Subsystems (e.g equipment/propulsion/control) Analysis and Performance Decision Making Methods • Stakeholder Preferences and Perceptions • Ranking and Quantifying • Design Trade-offs • Identifying Design Strength and Weakness • Industry Case Studies

Learning outcome

Knowledge The candidate should acquire knowledge in: • Principles of maritime design, with the human component in the form/function basic design process. • Overview of the big and complex structures that are used to explore the blue ocean environment. • Introduction and training on the main literature methods used to design, analyse and evaluate maritime systems. • Introduction to decision-making theory and common techniques used to rank and quantify designs. Skills At the end of the course the candidate should be able to: • Identify the main engineered maritime systems. • Understand the mission and performance concept in these systems. • Be acquainted with state of the art literature used to design and analysis such systems. • Create a concept design of such structures, with preliminary requirements, analyses and evaluation. Competence • Understanding the mapping between Form/Function of a maritime design problem. • Converging these basic design problems to a specific research question within maritime design. • Filter state-of-the-art literature of methods and analyses to specific problems of their research. • Identify these methods in real maritime systems, applying them to solve a specific problem from their research. • Use mission-performance-economics methods to quantify and evaluate her/his specific problem in design.

Learning methods and activities

The course will consist of lectures, literature reading, work on assignments, exercises, and discussions. The teaching is given as intensive seminars containing lectures, group-work and self-studies. A minimum of 80% attendance at workshops/seminars is required. Presentation must be given.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignment

Further on evaluation

The student will write a review paper reflecting the implementation of contents covered in the course in the student`s individual research project. The paper must be equivalent in size and depth of an academic article following academic standards for publications. The course participants are also expected to solve and submit a number of homework assignments based on their own research problem during the classes. The homework assignments and paper will be graded as Passed/Not Passed. Passed shall correspond to an academic level equivalent to minimum grade B.

Required previous knowledge

MSc or equivalent degree.

Course materials

Lectures Notes and Readings

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Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering


Examination arrangement: Report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Report 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Report 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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