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EN462: Ocean Systems Engineering Design II

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EN462: Ocean Systems Engineering Design II (1-4-3)

This capstone course provides an opportunity for students to prepare a conceptual or feasibility level design for a selected ocean-related project. Projects are representative of “real-world” problems that an ocean engineer might work on after graduation, and most projects address real needs within the Navy or other public organizations. Projects are "open-ended" with no specific right or wrong answer. Designs are graded based on the soundness and thoroughness of the technical approach, and on the treatment of the project history, social impact, environmental impact, safety, economics costs and benefits, and constructability, and maintenance. There is very limited lecturing in class and students spend most of the time working in design groups and/or consulting with advisors and experts.


  • Various project-related technical books, reports, and personal contact with professionals in the field.



  1. Prepare a preliminary or feasibility-level design of an ocean engineering system in one of the specialty areas (civil, coastal, environmental, underwater).
  2. Synthesize material from other courses, and from research of the literature, and apply to real-world problem solving.
  3. Apply engineering tools necessary for engineering practice, including use of relevant computer tools, experimental methods, and/or field investigations.
  4. Work in multi-person design team to accomplish an open-ended design, where each person may develop a unique area of expertise that can contribute to the group design.
  5. Appreciate broader societal and/or environmental impacts of engineering projects, and (where applicable) the relationship between an engineer and a client.
  6. Communicate effectively in both written project reports and oral presentations to describe design solutions.


  • EN461, Ocean Systems Engineering Design I

Class Topics

  1. Program Management 
  2. Engineering Design Approach
  3. Engineering Economics
  4. Program Planning
  5. CPM and Gantt Chart Development
  6. Aspects of Technical Presentations

Computer Usage

  • Students use spreadsheet software for basic calculations, alternative evaluations, and economic analyses.
  • Students are required to gain familiarity with various simulation software that can be used to evaluate design alternatives, with project planning software, and with computer-aided drafting software (AutoCAD and/or Rhinoceros).
  • Students make their design presentations using a presentation package and an LCD projector.

Laboratory Projects

Laboratory usage is project dependent.

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