Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course, the student:

Can justify the decisions made during the preliminary ship design cycles and explain benefits/weaknesses of few different design choices

Has demonstrated the ability to use skills learned during MSc studies to create comprehensive preliminary design of a ship

Understands own professional strengths and weaknesses

Has prepared own professional profile portfolio and personal development plan

Credits: 5

Schedule: 15.01.2021 - 28.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Heikki Remes, Heikki Remes

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Heikki Remes, Heikki Remes

Contact information for the course (valid 14.12.2020-21.12.2112):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Students, working in groups, critically assess and improve the design of a ship which they created during Mechanical Engineering Project course and consecutive specialization courses. For that they use the most relevant tools and skills learned during the MSc studies. The assignment is guided by definition of the main dimensions based on mission, hull form and associated calculations, design of general arrangement, hull structure, limited weight- and cost calculations. Students demonstrate independent and critical thinking towards various aspects of ship design. In addition, students individually prepare a document (learning portfolio) showing their professional profile as an expert in certain sphere of marine industry. The document is a reflective description of past experiences and future development directions and life-long learning.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course utilizes problem-based learning concept. Starting from concept design developed in Principles of Naval Architecture course, students outline the drawbacks and improve the ship design project (preliminary design). The skills and knowledge, accumulated during M.Sc. studies are utilized. Students demonstrate independent work, critical judgement, engineering thinking and good team working. Assignment is carried out in groups of 3-5 students, preferably the same as in Principles of Naval Architecture course. The final project is presented in the end of the course to experts from industry and academia.

    The project i.e. assignment works are assessed during the course, contributing 40% of course grade. Comments will be given on the assignments, which will allow for the improved submission in the form of a final report, giving another 50% of the grade. Project presentation will be 10% of the course grade.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Ship Design Portfolio workshops: 15h

    CAD (NAPA) workshops: 30h

    Group work on project: 20h

    Independent work on project: 50h

    Learning portfolio: 5h

    Presentation and final report: 15h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The Principles of Naval Architecture Series, SNAME 2008; lecture notes; material of interlinked courses

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Kul-24.4110 Ship Project A

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

     MEC-E1004 Principles of Naval Architecture

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    14 Life Below Water