MECH ENG 7065 - Naval Ship Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

Building on the Introductory course by expanding on operational requirements for naval ships and the specific naval systems developed, including; propulsion train, replenishment at sea, firefighting and damage control, ship signatures, helicopter operations, magazine design, weapon system integration and topside design. Applying modern technology for naval ship construction and maintenance support.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 7065
    Course Naval Ship Engineering
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact One week intensive
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MECH ENG 7048
    Assessment Assignments, project, final exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Eric Fusil


    it is a mix of weekly lectures (livestreamed 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,
    - The reverse engineering of an existing ship from an analytical perspective,
    - An engineering analysis on an existing ship with proposed modifications on key platform and combat systems for 21st-century challenges readiness,
    - A project to design a navy ship: 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 7048).

    Seminars are organized with Industry and a students’ seminar concludes the course with project presentations.

    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 current classes of Ships (OPV, Frigates, Destroyers, LHD) and design philosophies in depth.
    2 Explain the design to build approach in the context of ships and their systems.
    3 Describe the different systems (platform or combat) in a navy ship.
    4 Demonstrate how to build a ship 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 navy ship project.
    6 Check the design feasibility of ships and their seaworthiness.
    7 Create a navy ship 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 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

    Background reading and videos help the students project themselves into the world of submariners, mostly within Defence.

    Weekly lectures provide the students with background knowledge but also a forum in which they are engaged.
    Lecturers are proposing materials on which the students are asked about their analysis facing a specific engineering problem within the submarine context.
    These lectures feature video and graphics to best illustrate the challenge.

    An intensive part of the course is run mid-semester with Industry lecturers bringing their knowledge and personal stories.
    As a result of this, the course is a mix of theory (academic) and industry experience with real-life situations that the engineers had to face.

    Students have some formative quizzes leading them from the design principles to actual implementation on systems and technological choices, whilst ensuring balance of the overall ship.

    That knowledge is then used by the students on a number of projects:
    - The reverse engineering of an existing ship from an analytical perspective,
    - An engineering analysis on an existing ship with proposed modifications on key platform and combat systems for 21st century challenges readiness,
    - A project to design a navy ship: 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 7048).

    Seminars are organized with Industry and a students’ seminar concludes the course with project presentations.


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

    The expected workload of 12 hours per week comprises:
    - Background reading,
    - Lecture attendance,
    - Project,
    - Peer reviews

    The expected workload of 12 hours per week comprises:
    - Background reading,
    - Lecture attendance,
    - Project,
    - Peer reviews

    Structured Learning: Contact sessions (In Semester) No. of sessions Duration
    Academic Lectures 13 1.5 19.5
    Tutorials 1 2 2
    Practicals 5 2 10
    Industry Lectures 19 0.85 16.15
    Assessment Tasks
    (In Semester)
    % Assessment Weighting No. of
    time (hours)
    Summative tutorials   3 1 3
    Summative tests 10 1 1 1
    Project design study 30 2 27 54
    Literature review 20 2 14 28
    Examination 40 1 3 3
    Portfolio       0
    Total Assessment Weighting % 100 89
    Non-Contact Study /
    Preparation (In Semester)
    No. of
    Study/Prep Time (hrs) Total
    Weekly reading / Other study  13 1 6.5
    Tutorial preparation     0
    Practical preparation     0
    Test preparation     0
    Exam preparation 1 7 7
    Other/s (please specify):     0
    Workload per semester (hrs) 150.15
    *Workload per week (hrs) 11.55
    Learning Activities Summary

    This Course builds on the broad overview provided in the Introductory Course, providing more depth on design integration aspects and those whole ship design requirements such as shock, noise, vibration, signature management.

    A significant aspect of the Course is to demonstrate design integration by applying the knowledge gained to a practical case study.


    • Radar Cross Section (RCS)
    • Infra red signature – exhaust gas emissions
    • Magnetic signature
    • Underwater noise signature


    • Underwater shock event
    • Shock response Spectra (SRS)
    • Equipment categories
    • Equipment location
    • Shock standards
    • Shock testing
    • Shock analysis
    • Shock mounting
    • Shock design considerations


    • Compartment noise
    • Equipment noise
    • Structure borne noise
    • Noise level standards
    • Ship vibration
    • Equipment vibration
    • Torsional vibrations
    • Vibration standards
    • Vibration testing


    • Requirements Management
    • Impact Statements
    • Interface Management
    • Safety Management
    • Design Engineering
    • Integrated Logistic Support
    • Test & Evaluation


    • Operational performance
    • Perception
    • Operational environment
    • Human Machine Interface


    • Case Studies


    • Design layouts
    • Conventions
    • Standards


    • Key Hazards
    • Safety Controls


    • Integrated Logistic Support
    • Condition Based Monitoring
    • Obsolescence
    • In-Service Tolerances


    • Fuel handling and storage system
    • Hydraulic system
    • Cooling system
    • HVAC systems
    • Compressed air systems

    PROJECT (20%)

    The Project will involve the integration of sub-components into modules and modules into a naval platform. This Project will reflect the reality of system integration and it will be structured in a manner to assess students on an individual and team basis. The Project will form a significant element of the Course requiring students to draw on previous course material and researching allocated aspects of the design.

    Specific Course Requirements


  • Assessment

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    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
    Assessment task Assessment type Assessment weighting % (Summative tasks must add up to 100%) Hurdle Requirement Course learning outcomes being assessed
    (Formative or Summative) (Yes or No)
    Essay 1 S 10 No 1 2 3 5 6
    Essay 2 S 10 No 2 6
    Quiz 1 F   No 2 3
    Quiz 2 F   No 3 4 
    Quiz 3 F   No 3 4 5 
    Quiz 4 S 10 No 1 2 3 5 6
    Project report S 20 No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Project presentation S 10 No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Final Exam S 40 No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    Assessment Detail
    • Essay 1 will address the reverse engineering of the Type 26 from BAE
    • Essay 2 will ask the student to propose a set of requirements and design options to future proof the Arafura Class OPV (TBC) as part of a midlife upgrade.
    • Quizzes 1 to 3 help the student understand the design options in various navy ship systems worldwide.
    • Quiz 4 is assessing the students knowledge acquisition
    • The Project report synthetise the students work on the design for the concept design of their choice, initiated in MECH ENG 7048.
    • The presentation of that project is performed during a seminar.
    • The final exam is assessing how well the students have assimilated knowledge and skills in navy ships engineering understanding.

    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.

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