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Passenger ships

Individual course

The course introduces you the passenger ship design and specifics of that. Lectures introduce topics which are then considered with respect to the projects. Some topics are complemented by visiting lecturers from industry to give perspective to current trends. Progress of the project is checked on weekly basis. The final project is presented in the end of the course to experts from industry and academia. Work is performed in cross-disciplinary groups. The content is suitable for students of different backgrounds (design, economics, engineering).

The course utilises guided problem-based learning concept.

Work load:

  • Lectures: 20h (2 x 2 hours/week, 5 weeks, 10 occasions)
  • Instructed workshops: 6 hours (1 hour/week, 6 weeks)
  • Group work: 55 hours (10 hours/week, 6 weeks)
  • Independent work for the group project: 55 hours (9 hours/week, 6 weeks)

After the course, the student:

  • Understands the current trends, business developments and future markets for passenger ships
  • Can define radically new architectural design of a passenger ship
  • Can apply the user-centric design in passenger ship context
  • Can define general arrangement of a passenger ship based on broad set of design requirements, specific for passenger ships
  • Knows the passenger ship safety requirements and current regulatory requirements, how to attain them or how to go beyond them, if necessary.

More info in Aalto University’s WebOodi course page.

Responsible teacher

Aalto University
Pentti Kujala

Contact persons for applications

Pilvi Lempiäinen , Service designer
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Technical studies
Mechanical engineering
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Host university:
Aalto University
Study is open for:
Adult learner,
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General prerequisites:
MEC-E1030 Random Loads and Processes (mathematical statistics, mechanics) or similar studies; MEC-E8005 Thin-Walled Structures or Fatigue of Structures (mechanics, basics of mechanics of materials, Finite Element Method basics) or similar studies
Study suitable for:
Students with mechanical, aeronautical or civil engineering backgrounds
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