MECH ENG 7046 - Submarine Design

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

Submarine Design builds on the Introductory course by expanding on a number of submarine systems and exploring specific technology areas. Areas covered are the resistance and powering, hydrodynamics and stability of submarines, pressure hull design, designing for shock and low signatures (stealth), and specific submarine systems in the areas; electrical, mechanical, safety, combat systems and Air Independent Propulsion (AIP). Whilst focusing on understanding the systems, the course will explore beyond design with building techniques and maintenance aspects (logistic engineering).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 7046
    Course Submarine Design
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 40 hours per week - intensive mode
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MECH ENG 7042
    Restrictions Available to Master of Marine Engineering students only
    Assessment Project, Final Exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Eric Fusil

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Please note that Public Students (Australia or most International Students) will ONLY have to attend Lectures during a ONE WEEK intensive course and will address assignments and project on their own time as it is normally the case.

    Tutorials, Workshop, Projects in the timetable are ONLY for DUAL DEGREE STUDENTS with ENSTA Bretagne due to specific contractual requirements.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Identify current classes of submarines (Australian, French, German, Spanish, Japanese) and their design philosophies.
    2 Explain the design to build approach in the context of submarines and their systems.
    3 Describe the different systems (platform or combat) in a submarine.
    4 Demonstrate how to build a submarine from a new class or an evolution of an existing one.
    5 Apply the design process to carry out the final part of a feasibility phase on a concept submarine project.
    6 Check the design feasibility of submarines and their seaworthiness.
    7 Create a submarine concept design from top-level requirements.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1 – 2 – 3 – 6 - 7

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2 – 3 – 4 – 5 - 7

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1 – 2 – 4 – 6 - 7

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    2 – 4 – 6 - 7

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    2 – 3 – 5 - 7

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    2 – 6 - 7
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    There will be a mix of weekly lectures (livestreamed and recorded but preferred face-to-face attendance if possible) and of an intensive period of 3-4 days.

    Depending on your time zone (Canada/USA - Europe), there will be specific timeslots to catch up live with the course coordinator.

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    - formative assignments ( not counting towards final grade): there will be several formative quizzes for students to check their learning
    - summative assessments:
    - a Quiz,
    - The reverse engineering of an existing submarine from an analytical perspective,
    - An engineering analysis on the Life of Type Extension on Collins class submarines
    - A project to design a submarine: this course addresses the final systems engineering part leading to the student’s proposed solution to a set of requirements (actually addressed in MECH ENG 7042).
    - a presentation of the Submarine Concept Design in a seminar,
    - an open book exam.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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