MECH ENG 7048 - Introduction to Naval Ship Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

General introduction to naval ships and the operational requirements for naval ships, the naval ships design and development process and all its phases, buoyancy and stability, powering and manoeuvring, material aspects, the naval ship systems: electrical, mechanical, combat, weapons and safety systems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 7048
    Course Introduction to Naval Ship Engineering
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact One week intensive
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible MECH ENG 7042
    Restrictions Available to Masters, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Marine Engineering students only
    Assessment Assignments, Project, Final Exam
    Course Staff

    it is a mix of weekly lectures (livestream and recorded but preferred face-to-face attendance if possible) and of an intensive period around mid-semester.

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

    - formative assignments ( not counting towards final grade): there will be several formative quizzes for students to check their learning
    - summative assessments:
    - a Quiz,
    - a Report to introduce a navy ship class,
    - A report on a navy ship accident,
    - a Project with:
    - a concept of operation (CONOPS) for a new ship (with tutored sessions to support its development),
    - a presentation of the Conops in a seminar,
    - an open book exam.

    There will be a timeslot at the end of the semester to present the students' ship concept of operations.

    The conops will be used for MECH ENG7065 if the student is pursuing a subsequent semester.

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Identify navy ships and design philosophies worldwide
    2 Explain the systems engineering approach in the context of ships and their systems.
    3 Summarize the various balances to reach in order to prepare seaworthiness demonstration - feasibility.
    4 Apply the design process to carry out the first part of a feasibility phase on a concept ship project.
    5 Compare and calculate top-level performances on ships .
    6 Evaluate the fitness for purpose and safety of ship systems .
    7 Develop a set of requirements for a ship to ultimately safely design a concept.

    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 Resources
    Required Resources

    Course notes – these are essential and required.

    Text book: Basic Ship Theory Volumes 1 &2 by Rawson and Tupper, Publisher Butterworth-Heinemann

    Recommended Resources

    See list provided with the course notes

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Course Synopsis: General introduction to naval ships and the operational requirements for naval ships, the naval ships design and development process and all its phases, buoyancy and stability, powering and manoeuvring, material aspects, the naval ship systems: electrical, mechanical, combat, weapons and safety systems

    Learning Activities Summary



    • Various types of ships; Frigates, Patrol Craft, Aircraft Carriers, AWD, etc
    • Examples (basic monohull and specialised hulls)
    • Roles of Naval Ships
    • Operational Requirements
    • Concept of Operations
    • Design for production
    • System integration
    • Project lifecycle


    • Process overview (Basic Ship Theory Intro)
    • Classification Societies and International Regulations (IMO, SOLAS)
    • Basic Geometry (coping with irregular shapes)
    • Design development process (conceptual phase; system design phase; detail design phase; construction phase; verification phase)
    • Phases of design process
    • Design Spiral (all phases)


    • Requirements Analysis
    • Hull selection/shape
    • Principal dimensions
    • General Arrangement
    • Parametric Data
    • Propulsion Train
    • Concept Layout
    • Powering / propulsion
    • Structural / shock / weight
    • Watertight subdivision
    • Motions / manoeuvring


    • Archimedes Principle
    • Buoyancy and hydrostatic data
    • Effect on motions
    • Initial stability
    • Cross curves of stability
    • Dynamic stability
    • Inclining experiment
    • Damage stability

    THE SHIP GRIDER (6.5%)

    • Principles of design
    • Material Considerations
    • Shock
    • Vibration


    • Resistance
    • Model testing
    • Types of propulsion
    • Propeller issues
    • Ship handling
    • Modifying dynamic stability
    • Design parameters


    • System of systems
    • Design consideration
    • Design rules


    • Power conversion and distribution
    • General electrical requirements
    • Electrical cable installation
    • Lighting
    • Load chart
    • Design against uncontrolled release of electrical energy


    • Safety systems
    • Habitability systems
    • Cooling systems
    • Bilge systems
    • Material Issues
    • Anti fouling & marine growth


    • The external environment
    • Waves
    • Climate
    • Vibration & noise
    • Human factors


    • Why safety programs?
    • What is safety engineering?
    • Risk management
    • Safety lifecycle
    • Identifying hazards & controls
    • Safety of Life at Sea
    • Vulnerability of warships


    • Detection and tracking
    • Classification and engagement
    • Position fixing and positioning system
    • RADAR
    • Sound navigation and ranging (SONAR)
    • What are Comms Systems?
    • Communication capabilities: Inboard &Outboard
    • Security constraints


    • Functional requirements
    • Weapons
    • Weapon discharge system
    • Weapon handling and stowage systems

    PROJECT (22%)

    This will involve the development of a pre-concept for a naval ship. The project will be conducted in groups and the results shall be documented and be presented during the last sessions of the course.

    Specific Course Requirements


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    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Weighting%
    Project 40
    Exam 60
    Total 100
    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

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