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:
Understands the concept of systems engineering and can apply it to the design of ship and marine traffic systems
Can describe main systems requirements in ships and marine traffic systems
Can define and justify the ways to fulfil ships and marine traffic systems requirements
Can create a concept design of a ship machinery system by selecting appropriate components, guided by principles of energy efficiency and maritime shipping sustainability
Can apply current regulatory requirements for ship and marine traffic systems
Can describe how adverse environmental effects of ships can be minimized, below the current and known future requirements

Credits: 5

Schedule: 01.11.2021 - 14.02.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Osiris Valdez Banda

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Concepts, principles and tools:
    System of systems engineering, Ship and marine traffic systems and their integration to ship design, Systems modelling, Design methods and tools (CFD, Augmented Reality e.g. Digital Twins , NAPA, etc.)
    Ship systems:
    Propulsion and plant management, Navigation and maneuvering, Auxiliary power management, Ship Automation, Auxiliary machinery operation, Ballast and trim management. Includes: energy sources and fuel types in modern applications, Modern motor types, exhaust treatment systems, HVAC systems, heat balance and heat recovery systems, energy efficiency, electric systems, fire safety equipment, selected topics on special ship systems (e.g. arctic/sub-arctic conditions).
    Marine traffic systems:
    Communication and IT equipment, Internet and ship traffic systems, Satellite communication with marine applications, Environmental impact and legislation.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The project is assessed weekly (after lecture 3), contributing to 40% of the course grade. Feedback and guidance will be given on the assignments, which will allow for the improved submission in the form of a final report. Learning logs should be provided after every two lectures, contributing to 10% of the course grade. The final exam will be 50% of the grade.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course utilizes guided problem-based learning concept. System engineering and its application for designing ship and marine traffic systems are introduced at the beginning of the course. Ship and marine systems requirements are also introduced at the beginning of the course and the lectures evolve around them. The course project is to select, describe and justify the choice of ship and marine traffic systems. The lectures introduce the main type of ship and marine traffic systems or equipment and students afterwards consider that topic for their projects. The course includes 2-3 expert forums where ship and marine traffic systems are presented in the context of current case studies. Projects are carried out in groups of 3-5 students, preferably the same as in Principal Naval Architecture and/or Ship Design Portfolio -courses.

    Interactive lectures: 20h (2 x 2h/week, 5 weeks, 10 occasions)
    Instructed workshops: 8h (2h/


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    • Kossiakoff, Systems Engineering Principles and Practice, Chapters 1-5 and Sommerville, Software safety, Chapters 19 and 20.
    • Lamb, Ship design and construction, SNAME, Chapter 24: Machinery considerations;
    • Taggart, Ship design and construction, SNAME, selected chapters,
    • Van Dokkum, Ship Knowledge, 3rd edition, Dokmar, selected chapters;
    • Additional materials (journal and conference papers etc.) for each topic introduced in the course are provided at the beginning of the course.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Dynamic learning approach combining lectures, expert forums and hands-on assignments

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II
    2021-2022 Autumn + Spring II-III

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.