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MAR3021 : Marine Transport Business

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Stott
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


A1. Understand the Marine Transport market and the role of the marine technologists in it.
A2. Identify the international factors that result in seaborne trade.
A3. Link different trade patterns to differentiate shipping services
A4. Show how ships are operated to fulfil that demand.
A5. Understand the link between shipping operation and other industries.
A6. Identify main managerial solutions to perform efficient shipping services

Outline Of Syllabus

The module provides an understanding of the marine transport market and how different business sectors are organised.

Main topics include: world trade; freight markets and demand for ships; organisation of tramp and liner shipping; major bulk commodities; general cargo and liner trade; choice of ship types; service performance of ships; port organization.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Revision of past material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity44:0016:00Business news analysis
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study138:0038:00Consolidating lecture notes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship


Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100Unseen written examination
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination allows students an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and the possession of subject-specific insights.
The exam will be divided in two parts, one to check the acquisition of the market knowledge (IKO1-4) and the second one to assess the critical thinking of the students (IKO5)as well as the acquisition of intended skills.
In order to test relevant learning outcome, the first part will mainly use multiple-choice questionnaires (MCQ), while the second part will use open questions linked to specific case studies or business situations.

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