MAR8074 : Shipping Market Analysis and Risk Management
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Stott
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
1. To give students a thorough knowledge of the shipping industry, its structure, the nature of ship owners and the practical issues facing the industry.
2. To provide students with a detailed understanding of the main shipping markets.
3. To give students the generic ability to analyse any shipping market and to appropriately structure a report relating to that market.
4. To provide students with an understanding of the nature of financial risk, the workings of the international monetary system and the use of financial derivatives for hedging purposes.
Outline Of Syllabus
1. The nature and motivation of ship owners
2. Sector reports from international institutions and ship brokers
3. Introduction to data sources and data processing
4. Current issues facing the shipping sector
5. Market identification, definition and metrics
6. Cargo definitions and ship size categorisation
7. Maritime geography
8. The demand for shipping services, shipping supply, shipping market dynamics, cycles and volatility
9. Freight rate determination and characteristics
11. Mechanisms for changing and regulating shipping capacity
12. Financial risk in international transport
13. Hedging, currency risk management and fuel price risk
14. Empirical issues in financing international transport
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:30||1:30||Examination (Semester 1)|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||12:00||12:00||Examination Revision (Semester 2)|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||12:00||12:00||Examination revision (Semester 1)|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:30||1:30||Examination (Semester 2)|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||2:00||24:00||Formal lecture series in semester 2|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||3||2:00||6:00||External lecture series|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||15:00||15:00||Group report|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||64:00||64:00||Consolidating lecture notes and further reading|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||6||4:00||24:00||Preparatory reading for seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||3||2:00||6:00||Tutorials|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||2||8:00||16:00||Industry visits|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Scheduled on-line contact time||6||3:00||18:00||Structured seminar series in semester 1|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Teaching will be spread over two semesters. In Semester 1 teaching will be primarily through a series of seminars to give students a broad understanding of the subject and the issues relating to the subject. Each seminar will have a theme and students will be required to read key texts in preparation for each. In Semister 2 teaching will be primarily through lectures to provide the theoretical context to the knowledge gained in the first Semester. The majority of the teaching will be undertaken from within the School but for one subject, complex financial instruments for risk management, an external expert will assist to cover this specialist area. Lectures will be supported by tutorials to provide an opportunity to consolidate understanding of material considered in lectures and to practise quantitative techniques introduced in lectures.
To supplement teaching from within the School, lectures will be given by external lecturers that are practising in industry to give a first hand view of the issues relating to the industry. Two visits will also be undertaken, including a day utilising the School’s research vessel, the Princess Royal, to give students a first hand experience of the issues relating to work and safety at sea.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Report||2||M||30||Individual report - 15 hours|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The written examination provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the course material and to apply the tools and techniques considered in the course.
The group report provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate communication and research skills, and to illustrate their depth of understanding of the course subject matter.