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 School of Business.

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 a 12-week co-op work program, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Summer term: May to August

APSC 412: Grad Co-op (at Employer or Mandatory Industry Project)*

This is a supervised, technical work experience in an approved company or organization for 12 weeks. Students are required to submit a technical report at the end of their co-op work experience. Grad Co-op is restricted to those students who meet the requirements of the Faculty of Applied Science, Co-operative Education Program.

*Students are able to choose between participating in a Grad Co-op or e@UBC Lean LaunchPad Accelerator Program. Students will be requested to make their choice within the first weeks of the first semester of the 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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):

BA580B – 201: 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.

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 505-001: Business Development

This course uses the Business Development = Sales = Essential skill for business people = everyone today is in the business of selling thinking. This course is focused on the learning of foundational skills with the intention of enabling students to create better and more successful selling encounters in whatever career they pursue.

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.