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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).

Course content:

  • Introduction to shipscape
  • Creative ship design
  • Design criteria, functions, and features
  • History of cruise ships, design, and architecture
  • Modern technologies in passenger safety, comfort and entertainment
  • Rules and regulations
  • Cruise ship of the future
  • Innovation, creativity in yacht design
  • Mentoring by industry experts

The course utilises guided problem-based learning concept. The content is cross-disciplinary and is suitable for students of different backgrounds. Work is performed in cross-disciplinary groups. Some topics are introduced by visiting lecturers from industry.

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
Jani Romanoff , Associate professor

Contact persons for applications

Monica Sandberg , Student services designer
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Technical studies
Mechanical engineering
Course code:
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Teaching period:
Application deadline:
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Host university:
Aalto University
Study is open for:
Adult learner,
Degree student
Teaching methods:
General prerequisites:
B.Sc. studies
Study suitable for:
M.Sc. students with mechanical, aeronautical or civil engineering backgrounds
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