Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Course Information

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering offers a bold approach to professional graduate education in the field of marine engineering. Sixty per cent of the courses you’ll take are technical in nature and offered through the UBC Faculty of Applied Science. The remaining 40 per cent are business courses offered through UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School.

Many courses use a flipped classroom format. This means you are expected to independently review course content ahead of classroom time through assigned readings and lecture videos. The classes themselves are then an opportunity for engaged learning – discussing and applying what you’ve learned through case studies, group project work, experiments and demonstrations.

The MEL in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering includes the opportunity for students to apply to participate in a 12-week co-op work program in industry, which can count towards requirements for obtaining your professional engineering certification in British Columbia.

Course Overview

Naval Architecture and marine engineering courses

Winter term: January to April

NAME 522: Ship Production & Industrial Engineering

This course covers topics on build strategy, shipyard layout and equipment, manufacturing techniques, outfitting and painting techniques, material properties, corrosion, welding, fatigue and composite materials.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the shipbuilding industry and its sectors.
  • Ensure that ship designs are production friendly and suited to each shipyards capabilities.
  • Describe the ship building process including various building approaches.
  • Understand shipyard layouts and assembly strategies to optimize material and work flow.
  • Appreciate to cost drivers and cost estimating approaches.
  • Have a thorough understanding of the various fabrication and assembly techniques used in shipbuilding.

NAME 566: Ship Dynamics & Control

Student will develop skills and understanding in equations of motion, ocean wave spectrums, response amplitude operators, seakeeping, manoeuvring, stability and dynamic positioning.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Characterize a sea condition in standard terms of sea state.
  • Predict the wave-induced motions of a ship.
  • Present ship motions in standard tabular and graphical ways.
  • Calculate the total sea-induced operability of a ship, for specific missions and operating conditions.
  • Describe the principles of operation of rudders and other control surface, and apply semi-empirical models to predict performance.
  • Model and analyze manoeuvering behaviour of ships, including estimating turning radius, motion stability, and course keeping, using linear and non-linear methods.
  • Interpret hydrodynamic derivatives and use them to describe ship characteristics.
  • Describe the principles of operation of simple automatic control systems and the influence of common control strategies and parameters on ship response.
  • Simulate ship dynamics and control using MATLAB and Simulink.

APPP 503: Organizational Leadership

Understand the behaviour of people and groups and how this applies to management and leadership within professional organizations. This course explores motivation, group dynamics, organizational structure, leadership styles and tools for assessing organizational effectiveness. The course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply theoretical principles of leadership and organization behaviour in a variety of organizational contexts and industries.
  • Diagnose organizational behaviour and people management challenges and find solutions that deliver business results and ensure employee engagement.
  • Understand what it takes to build effective manager-employee relationships, given the realities of power, motivation and commitment in an organizational setting.
  • Develop and present recommendations for organizational leadership challenges using the case study analysis approach.

BA 580B: Strategy & Innovation

This course provides an introduction to the principles and frameworks of strategic management, as well as concepts surrounding the creation or expansion of innovation capabilities, within organizations. Strategic management involves analysis, planning and execution of initiatives that achieve objectives in support of organizational goals. Innovation generally involves the development of revolutionary new or evolutionary improvements to existing ideas, methods, products, services, or combinations thereof that are adopted. The course will also consider the changing nature of organizational strategy and innovation in an environment of increasing globalization, digitization and automation. Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship will be recurring themes throughout the course. The course will emphasize actionable lessons and models that students, regardless of their professional or academic backgrounds, can apply in practice to create tangible and valuable outcomes across organizational types, growth stages, and industries.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand strategic decision making and organization innovation processes.
  • Analyze business situations using relevant concepts and tools.
  • Understand business approaches for managing strategy and innovation programs and projects.
  • Create and present plans for solutions to organizationally important challenges.
  • Communicate effectively about planning and delivering on strategy and innovation.

APPP 505: Analytics & Interpretation for Applied Sciences

Professionals who can manage analytics and “big data” are highly sought after by companies across the world. This course will provide students with the opportunity to identify, interpret and utilize key analytics from real-world data sets. Graduates will feel comfortable with the latest data collection methods, measurement and presentation tools, be able to interpret data and identify trends, and understand the role of big data and predictive analytics across several different industries.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss data analytics and data visualization principles and methods.
  • Design and develop interactive visualizations and dashboards using Tableau.
  • Use advanced features and functionalities of Tableau.
  • Present and communicate analysis findings to different target audiences.
  • Understand how to clean and transform different kinds of data to facilitate exploration and analysis
  • Design and develop interactive visualizations and dashboards using Tableau.
  • List use cases for effective visual analytics.
  • Recognize issues related to ethics, privacy, governance, provenance and integrity when working with data.

Summer term: May to August

NAME 592: Shipbuilding Internship

The shipbuilding internship allows students to gain supervised, technical work experience through UBC Grad Co-op, where students will work in an approved organization, or participate in a research project with faculty.

UBC Grad Co-op is restricted to those students who meet the requirements of the Faculty of Applied Science, Co-operative Education Program.

APPP 504: Business Acumen for Technical Leaders

An asset to the aspiring technical leader, business acumen is knowing how business works and applying that knowledge with the goal of business improvement. This course offers an elevated perspective of how technical skills contribute to building value in a business. The course immerses aspiring technical leaders in the practical application of core business skills and the development of six core business competencies, which are presented as modules: Managerial Accounting, Strategy and Performance, Market Evaluation, Operations Management, Negotiations and Contract Management and Business-Case Building and Valuation. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply theoretical principles of business in a variety of contexts.
  • Analyze and discuss common business situations encountered by managers from multiple angles using the case study analysis approach.
  • Appreciate the importance of each of the functional areas, as well as the inter-connectedness of business decision-making.
  • Appreciate the importance of excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Understand the importance of effective team work and strong ethical standards in management.
  • Plan and present effective and meaningful presentations.

Fall term: September to December

NAME 578: Marine Engineering

This course examines marine propulsion systems, ship engines, shafting, ship vibrations, on-board systems (piping, HVAC, electrical) and advanced propulsion systems.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Extend the study of thermodynamics through the Second Law treatment of power cycles and waste heat recovery.
  • Provide an understanding of the operating principles, characteristics, and limitations of marine reciprocating engine, steam turbine, and gas turbine prime movers.
  • Provide a familiarity with marine mechanical and electrical power transmission and the fundamental design principles and characteristics of mechanical gearing.
  • Provide a fundamental understanding of marine electrical power generation, distribution, and use.
  • Provide an understanding of and facility in matching marine power sources (prime movers, motors, and pumps) with their associated loads (propulsors, functional loads, and fluid systems).
  • Provide a fundamental understanding of marine machinery vibration including excitation and mitigation.
  • Provide a fundamental understanding of the characteristics and design of marine fluid systems including selection and sizing of pumps and heat exchangers.
  • Understand the fundamentals of heat transfer as applied to conduction and heat exchanger selection and design.

NAME 581: Ship Design

This design project gives students experience in the preliminary design of a special-purpose ship. Students work individually and in teams, using advanced design software and databases, to design a vessel according to specified criteria.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the Design Process.
  • Understand the naval architect’s role in protecting the owner’s investment.
  • Understand the naval architect’s role in protecting the marine environment.
  • Understand a ship’s life cycle.
  • Understand consultant cost structures.
  • Understand the features that make well-written requirements.
  • Determine a ship’s Principal Dimensions.
  • Be familiar with Ship Work Breakdown System (SWBS).
  • Develop a ship’s space requirements.
  • Develop a ship’s weight estimate.

MECH 488: Intro to Ship Hydrodynamics

This course covers ship terminology, lines plans, ship hydrostatics, transverse and longitudinal stability of ships, dimensional analysis, ship resistance prediction, ship propulsion methods and propeller selection and design.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Know all the principles, terms and coefficients related to the profession of Naval Architecture.
  • Develop a table of offsets and set of ship lines.
  • Be proficient at calculating the draft and trim angle for a vessel under various loading conditions.
  • Determine the vessel’s stability characteristics for both undamaged and damaged conditions.
  • Determine the vessel’s stability characteristics when some fraction of her weight rests on the ground.
  • Understand and predict a vessel’s resistance based on model test data and computer modelling.
  • Be familiar with propulsion selection techniques including propeller charts.
  • Be familiar with modern computer software techniques for vessel resistance prediction.

CIVL 437: Intro to Ship Structures

This course explores the theory and practice of ship structural design, including the longitudinal and transverse strength of hull girders, plates and shells, matrix analysis, introduction to classification society rules, ship section design synthesis and finite element analysis.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the structural components of a ship and the structural properties of those components.
  • Apply basic concepts for the bending of beams, plates, and stiffened panels as applied to a ship structure.
  • Apply basic concepts of shear stresses in complex structures, including shear flow and shear lag effects.
  • Apply basic concepts for the buckling of columns, plates, and stiffened panels as applied to a ship structure.
  • Calculate fatigue life of simplified structural details under constant and variable amplitude loading.
  • Assess potential failure modes of the structural components of a ship, and be able to predict the onset of such failures.

UBC Sauder School of Business Courses

Students can choose a UBC Sauder Business Course to gain greater exposure to a particular area of interest. Options include (subject to change):

BASC 550: Operations and Logistics

This course will introduce students to the key concepts and tools needed to understand and effectively manage supply chains and business operations in general. A key concept in this course is the “business process”, and managing and improving such processes.

BAMA 580A: Building Brand with Purpose

This course explores the core principles of branding within the context of social and environmental responsibility including healthcare, sustainability and human rights. Fundamental marketing strategies are reinforced as they relate specifically to: 1) non-profits, 2) social marketing designed to change society’s behaviour and 3) cause-related-marketing within thecorporate sector.

Third Business Option:

Full details to be confirmed in Spring/early Summer 2020.

APPP 502: Sustainability & Leadership

This course helps students build skills to lead change that influences the triple bottom line and explores concepts related to sustainability, change agency systems thinking, awareness and perspective for engagement and communication, adaptive leadership, and change dynamics. It also incorporates case studies in organizational and social change. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize tools, concepts, standards and frameworks used in sustainable business.
  • Analyze current realities, market opportunities and issues related to sustainability across a range of industries.
  • Integrate sustainability-related concepts into their own industry and/or personal experiences.
  • Synthesize, apply and communicate sustainability knowledge to one’s peers.
  • Apply various leadership concepts and tools into their professional practice, and in particular to sustainability-related initiatives.