Topic outline

  • Here you will learn about the basic principles of Naval Architecture and their application for design development. The knowledge offered in this course is essential for all MSc students studying Maritime Technology as a major. We also welcome students who choose Maritime Technology as a minor option.

    The course links up with a number of Maritime Technology courses offered by Aalto University (e.g. Hydrodynamics, Ship Stability, Ship Dynamics, Ship Structures etc.). 

    Professor in Charge : Associate Professor Spyros Hirdaris (E:

    Teaching Associates: Aleksandr Kondratenko (

    Course Mode : Classroom teaching. In case of a COVID outbreak online lectures / tutorials will be made avlailable.

    Learning outcomes : By the completion of this course you will be able to 

    1. Understand the different disciplines of naval architecture and their use over different phases of the ship product development life cycle. 
    2. Identify the different design methods and tools that originate from different disciplines and play important role in the field of naval architecture and marine engineering 
    3. Recognize design tools and methods used during different design stages
    4. Remember the basic terminology and notations of naval architecture
    5. Search field specific literature for different design tasks
    6. Appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of concept ship design as well as the importance of technology and innovation for the maritime domain.

    Brief Course content : The ship design context, the use of reference ship data, selecting main dimensions, hull form development, introduction to ship hydrostatics and stability, ship general arrangement, introduction to marine structures, selection of ship power and machinery, the importance of techno-economic assessment.

    Assessment : The Course is graded in marks from 1 - 5; Problem based learning is key part of this course. Marking is allocated as follows :

    1.  50% of your final mark will result from your Assignments (10 assignments in total counting 2.5% of your final mark each) + final report and presentation of your group design project (counting 25% of your final mark). Participation in the final seminar where you will present your design to broader audience is mandatory.

    2.  50% of your mark will result from your mid-term exam (25% - based on exam paper for Lectures 1 - 6) and final exam (25% based on exam paper for Lectures 7 - 10). The mid term exam is not mandatory so if you decide to skip it then your final-exam will count for 50% of your final mark and the exam paper will be based on Lectures 1 - 10.