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 a few different design choices

Has demonstrated the ability to use skills learned during MSc studies to create the 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: 13.01.2023 - 02.06.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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:

    Students, working in groups, critically assess and improve the design of a ship that they created during the MEC-E1004 Principles of Naval Architecture course and consecutive specialization courses. For that, they use the most relevant tools, and skills learned during their MSc studies. The assignment is guided by the definition of the main dimensions based on mission, hull form and associated calculations, design of general arrangement, hull structure, 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 a specific sphere of the marine industry. The document is a reflective description of past experiences and future development directions, and lifewide learning.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course utilizes a problem-based learning concept. Starting from concept design developed in the 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 judgment, engineering thinking, and good teamwork. The assignment is carried out in groups of 3-5 students, preferably the same as in the Principles of Naval Architecture course. The final project is presented at the end of the course to experts from industry and academia. At the end of the course, each student individually prepares a document (learning portfolio) that reflects their development. 

    The project, i.e. assignment works, are assessed during the course, contributing 35% of the course grade. Comments will be given on the assignments, which will allow for improved submission in the form of a final report. The final project report and gala contribu

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Ship Design Portfolio workshops: 15h

    CAD (NAPA) workshops: 30h

    Group work on the project: 20h

    Independent work on the project: 50h

    Learning portfolio: 5h

    Presentation and final report: 15h


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    14 Life Below Water


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Suitable for exchange students with ENG backgrounds if pre-requirements are fulfilled:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III - V
    2023-2024 Spring III - V

    Enrollment :

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