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SD2725 Introduction to Marine Technology 6.0 credits

In this course you will learn about the principles of ship hydrostatics, stability, resistance and propulsion, ship design and worldwide shipping. In a realistic project, you will apply your knowledge and develop your skills by designing a ship to meet a specific transport scenario. Technical, economic, geographical and environmental aspects as well as laws and regulations must be considered in order to find an effective solution. The course is a good introduction to marine technology and naval architecture for students who have a general interest in mechanics, engineering design or transport

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SD2725 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Lectures and seminars introducing basic ship theory, the ship design process, and systems engineering concepts. Hands on experiments on ship stability and resistance. Individual ship design project and related workshops.

Intended learning outcomes

This course gives an introduction to naval architecture, i.e. the engineering design of ships and other marine technology systems, and basic theory on ship hydrostatics, stability, resistance and propulsion. The objective is that students after finishing the course shall be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis and proven experience of ship design and insight into current research and development work;
  2. demonstrate methodological knowledge and understanding in ship hydrostatics, stability, resistance and propulsion;
  3. demonstrate ability to model, simulate, predict and evaluate ships' hydrostatics, stability, resistance, even on the basis of limited information;
  4. demonstrate ability to independently make the initial design of a ship for a certain transport scenario, taking into account relevant scientific, economic and environmental aspects, and international regulatory frameworks;
  5. give an account of the international shipping markets and the corresponding stakeholders, goods flow paths, and ship types;
  6. discuss the opportunities for seaborne transportation in a sustainable society and describe the shipping-related environmental problems and measures for tackling them;
  7. demonstrate ability to plan and carry out advanced engineering tasks within given frames using appropriate methods and to evaluate this work;
  8. demonstrate ability to clearly present and discuss engineering conclusions and the knowledge and arguments behind them, in dialogue with different groups, orally and in writing, in national and international contexts.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed courses of at least 120 credits with major in technology, of which at least 25 credits in mathematics and at least 15 credits in mechanics.

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • ÖVN1 - Assignments, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade


Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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