Courses & Units

Ship Design JND317



Students completing this unit will identify the considerable changes taking place in shipbuilding practice with the development of technology and the changes in the rules governing their construction and operation. The unit further focuses on the knowledge and skills needed in maintaining the vessel's seaworthiness to Class recommendations. It also incorporates a ship master's perspective in understanding the operation of the main propulsion and auxiliary machinery and responding to consequences in the event of machinery malfunction.

The unit will build on the knowledge attained in Shipboard Operations II in the second year of studies. This unit meets the requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency set out by the current Maritime Training Package, the STCW 2010 (Manila Amendments) and Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code.


Unit name Ship Design
Unit code JND317
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
Discipline Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Coordinator Captain Anand Ravi
Teaching staff Ian Gray|Simon Zinader
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hunter Maritime College Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to monitor and control compliance with legislative requirements and measures to ensure the safety of life at sea, security, and the protection of the marine environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of ship construction and assess reported defects and damages to cargo spaces, hatch covers and ballast tanks and take appropriate action including damage control.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of marine engineering systems and services including operation of remote controls of the propulsion plant.
  • Demonstrate the ability to respond to navigational emergencies from a management-level perspective.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,967.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
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Teaching Pattern Lecture 2-hour lecture 3 times a week 60 Once only (10 times)


Tutorial 2-hour tutorials 3 times a week 18 Weekly (3 times)
AssessmentMyLO Quiz (5%)|Term Test (15%)|Final Exam- Online descriptive assessment on MyLO (65%)|Structure & Engineering Assignment (15%)
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All essential learning material will be provided through MyLO and any additional learning and reference material will be announced through MyLO as necessary. 

In addition to the resources provided on MyLO, learners are also required to obtain relevant information from the below online sources:

  1. Regs4ships – this is an updated, searchable, maritime regulation database that combines Flag State compliance documentation with IMO, ILO & EU legislation to provide an overall regulatory solution. Accessible through the following link in the UTAS Library
  2. AMSA Marine Orders
  3. AMSA Marine Notices
  1. Bryce G.J. and Eyre 2012 Ship Construction. Burlington: Elsevier Science. Dokkum, K.  2008 Ship knowledge.  Ship Design, Construction and Operation – Enkhuizen, Netherlands.
  2. Eyres D.J. Ship construction, Oxford: Butterworth -Heinemann.
  3. Ships and Naval Architecture, R. Munro-Smith 
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