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Marine Systems Identification, Modelling and Control



Course format Blended
Date 2021-03-08 - 2021-05-24
Duration 100 hours
Entry level Bachelor
Cost £1200


To give students an understanding of identification, modelling and control theory and practice applied to dynamic marine systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will consist of three major areas, essentially concerned with the mathematical modelling, control and parameter identification of marine systems. The teaching, support material and coursework will extensively use relevant simulation software (Scilab and optionally Matlab/Simulink). This will enable all control and modelling techniques to be investigated in terms of steady state and dynamic response, and system stability.

Mathematical modelling of marine electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems. Some fundamental linear and non-linear modelling techniques will be described. These techniques will then be illustrated with the aid of several case studies.

The manner in which these models can be controlled is to be fully described. The techniques will include basic analogue PI/PID, and their analysis in the s-domain and frequency domain. Each of the control schemes is to be illustrated with implementation and realisation examples, and analysis using analytical techniques and through simulation will be demonstrated.

Many control systems either contain systems with parameters that cannot be easily measured, or are to expensive too expensive to measure. The course will describe techniques of parameter identification and estimation.

The module will include preschool reading, examples, a preschool assignment, an intensive school (five days), and a post school assignment.

Pre-school material

Normally requires 50 hours of study.

Pre-school material enables you to revise and review prerequisite material so that the intensive school can be run efficiently and effectively. The materials will be available six to eight weeks before the intensive school takes place.

You will undertake a pre-school assignment (30% of the module mark) which you will submit on the first day of the intensive school.

One week intensive school

Has an approximate contact time of 35 hours.

The intensive school includes lectures, case studies, tutorials, presentations, and discussions.

You will sit an examination (40% of the module mark) during this intensive teaching week.

Post-school material

Requires 15 hours of study.

This material consolidates the module learning.

Post-school material involves completion of a post-school assignment (30% of the module mark) which you will submit eight weeks after the intensive school.

Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

*The start and end date stated above is approximate.


You should have a minimum of:

  • a Second Class Honours degree in Engineering or equivalent with a strong quantitative component
  • at least three years of relevant work experience in the marine sector or similar

You'll also need to provide a personal statement and reference.

Find out more about entry requirements (including English language requirements).

Application procedure

There are normally two intakes each year, in September and February. Find out more about the course on the Newcastle University prospectus website.

Use Newcastle University’s online application portal to apply for the course.


ISCED Categories

Scientific modelling