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MSc in Marine Technical Superintendent

Comprehensive professional development course covering both technical and management elements of ship superintendency

Starts: 14th September 2020 | Application deadline: 4th September 2020

During the course you will study the following modules*:

Study for the PGCert, the PGDip or progress straight to the MSc

Students may enrol for just the PGCert (60 credits), or the PGDip (120 credits), or straight away for the MSc (180 credits).

Module 1.

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Marine Technology Management
The aim of this module is to provide knowledge about the management of technical projects with emphasis on risk assessment, safety analysis, regulation and certification. It also considers the management of resources required for marine maintenance projects including dry-dock and retrofit.

After completing the module the student should be able to:

1. Explain the essential role and responsibilities of the marine technical superintendent as a manager in the safe and effective operation of a vessel or offshore facility.
2. Show a critical awareness of the systems and equipment which must comply with international conventions, and the process of obtaining and maintaining certificates.
3. Evaluate the full range of specialist knowledge and skills which are required to support the technical operation and maintenance of a vessel or offshore facility.
4. Consider the typical personnel who are needed to assist, and the qualification and certification that they require.
5. Analyse the core management and leadership skills, which are needed for managing self and others within the context of the marine technical management environment.

Credit Value: 20

This module contributes to the development of specialist management skills required to operate in a management role such as that of a Marine Technical Superintendent.

Outline Syllabus

  • Financial viability of marine operation projects (supply and demand, time value of money, depreciation and tax, profit and loss, cost breakdown and voyage analysis and annual and discount cash flow analysis, etc.)
  • Become aware of Marine risk and safety (accident analysis including human life loss,property loss, and environmental impact) and the notions of frequency, consequences, acceptability, ALARP, etc. Risk assessment including risk
    acceptance criteria, hazard identification, frequency estimation, consequences
    analysis, and risk reduction methodologies.
  • Marine regulatory framework, comprising of rules and regulations covering design and operational issues of ships and offshore facilities.
  • International sale of goods, formation of contract, performance and remedies.
  • Marine insurance of hull, cargo and other risks, chartering, brokerage, claims.
  • A knowledge of systems and technologies covering fundamentals of ship/offshore
    facility design, propulsion (ships), machinery, and operation & maintenance, including, but not limited to emission abatement equipment, ballast water treatment
    systems, and state-of-the-art energy efficient technologies.

Module 2.

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Maritime Economics and Management
Evaluate the business, financial and management aspects of marine operations so enabling the students to have the essential knowledge to tackle the fundamental managerial concerns normally attended to by senior management in the maritime industry.

After completing the module the student should be able to:

1. Explain and evaluate various aspects of marine operations including chartering
2. Review and analyse the important aspects of shipping economics, ship finance
and associated matters.
3. Discuss in depth the various operational aspects of ship management
4. Demonstrate extensive knowledge of current issues and new developments in the
shipping industry.

Credit Value: 20

The module is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the topics including chartering, finance, ship management, and operational considerations, which a shipping executive could deal with on a routine basis.

Outline Syllabus

  • Liner, Tramp
  • Risk Management (Operational)
  • Ship Management
  • Registration
  • Laytime calculations, economic aspect of chartering.
  • The supply and demand for sea transport.
  • Derivatives, forward freight agreement.
  • Commercial paper, credit ratings, LIBOR
  • Ship financing, leasing, security (ie mortgage etc.),
  • Case Histories, Current Issues.

Module 3.

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Law and Marine Insurance
The module introduces students to the fundamental legal principles necessary for the further subsequent study of maritime law topics and develops a working understanding of the law, principles and practice within the marine insurance profession.

After completing the module the student should be able to:

1. Critically appraise the marine insurance business and the principles of risk-transfer.
2. Analyse the provisions of the Marine Insurance Act 1906.
3. Appraise the merits of marine insurance claims and general average claims.
4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the common law principles governing commercial obligation and dispute resolution.

Credit value: 20

This module deals methodically with the established principles of the Marine Insurance Act 1906, and examines the case law developments. It examines the options for alternative policy terms available via the Institute Clauses, and it examines proposals for the reform of the 1906 Act.

Outline Syllabus

  • Civil & Criminal Liability
  • Civil Remedies
  • General principles of insurance: Risk transfer and the common pool; Insurance
    business, Lloyds, P&I Clubs, underwriters and actuaries
  • The Marine Insurance Act 1906: Insurable interest; Indemnity and subrogation;
  • Misrepresentation, utmost good faith and the duty of disclosure; Valued and unvalued policies; Marine insurance warranties; Insured Perils; Losses
  • Cargo claims, third-party claims, war risks, and pollution liability
  • The "Institute Clauses": Hull clauses; Cargo clauses; Freight & Demurrage
    General Average
  • Re-insurance (outline)
  • Issues arising from consultation for proposed legislative changes

Module 4.

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Marine Maintenance and Asset Management
The aim of this module is to provide knowledge about how the maintenance and repair of an offshore installation, vessel or a fleet of vessels is managed. In particular, it is intended to consider the lifecycle of a vessel and how maintenance is planned, scheduled and executed.

After completing the module the student should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a deep understanding of the lifecycle of a vessel and offshore structure from construction to scrappage.
2. Evaluate and prioritise requirements for planned and unplanned maintenance and repair scenarios.
3. Show a critical awareness of the records, certificates and stakeholder interactions, which are required to manage marine assets in compliance with local and international regulations.
4. Create systematic maintenance plans for various vessel types and scenarios, including the process of dry docking.

Credit value: 20

This module contributes to the development of specialist management skills required to operate in a management role such as that of a Marine Technical  Superintendent.

Outline Syllabus

  • Classes of engineering materials used in the construction/fabrication of marine and
    offshore structures and the role of materials engineering in this stage, including the
    analysis of material properties and how these properties impact on the life cycle of
    the asset.
  • Knowledge of the basics of electro-chemical corrosion of metals and fracture
    mechanics approaches to defect assessment, and non-destructive testing.
  • Condition monitoring and the inclusion of the fundamentals of failure-based or
    default maintenance, design-out maintenance, and preventive maintenance.
  • Basics of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and the analysis of the assets' lifecycle
    (construction, operation, maintenance, and scrapping).
  • Fundamentals of circular economy, Design for Remanufacturing (DfRem) and value-added End of Life (EoL).

Module 5.

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Maritime and Offshore Safety Analysis
To enable students to understand and implement the requirements of formal safety design, assessment and review in marine, offshore and port areas.

After completing the module the student should be able to:

1. Demonstrate the analyses required for safety evaluation from both design and operation aspects.
2. Balance the requirements of design for safety and management of safety.
3. Specify how safety may be controlled.
4. Develop a formal safety assessment on both a qualitative and quantitative basis.

Credit value: 20

The module is designed to provide the underpinning knowledge and understanding to implement formal maritime safety assessment procedures.

Outline Syllabus

  • Introduction to safety and risk.
  • Risk and safety regulations in marine engineering.
  • Hazard identification techniques.
  • Consequence analysis.
  • Safety and risk evaluation.
  • Human factors and safety management.
  • Risk reduction and criteria.
  • Novel risk modelling and decision making techniques.
  • Marine and offshore case studies.

Module 6.

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Research Methods
The aims of this module are to develop the students' ability to formulate a coherent and well- designed research project and associated proposal. The module also aims to develop the skills required to critically analyse and evaluate research findings and the effective presentation of the results.

After completing the module the student should be able to:

1. Critically review/analyse and reflect on the work of other practitioners/researchers.
2. Formulate a research questions or hypothesis and develop a research plan and deliver a fully developed research proposal.
3. Extract results from industrial data/surveys/empirical work/computer based models and undertake critical evaluation of results using appropriate statistical analysis techniques and appropriate significance tests.
4. Present research findings according to appropriate conventions and demonstrate critical analysis and the development of coherent conclusions.

Credit value: 10

The module is very important as it sets the groundwork for the completion of the MSc Project. The module provides grounding in the skills required to formulate a project question or hypothesis and the development of credible project plan for the resulting investigation(s). The module will explore techniques for the design of
interviews/surveys/empirical work/computer simulation and visualisation/design
testing and provide underpinning knowledge to aid the selection of the most Appropriate statistical methods and data analysis tools. Tools for considering and
mitigating against risk and uncertainties will also be explored. An important part of
the module will look at the statistical treatment of project results, their critical evaluation, questioning validation and reliability.

Outline Syllabus

  • Introduction to search methods for literature.
  • Development of a research question or hypothesis.
  • Styles and conventions associated with technical writing, presentations and speaking to technical audiences including the presentation of technical results relevant to the subject discipline.
  • Strategies for the design of experimental or other investigations, including statistical considerations so as to ensure the significance of the findings through application of the most appropriate statistical tests and software tools.
  • Data handling using suitable software tools, qualitative and quantitative analysis of results using appropriate robust scientific methods.
  • Management of project risk and uncertainty.
  • Research ethics, data protection, health and safety considerations and responsibilities others.
  • Development of critical analysis skills, robust formulation of dependable conclusions resulting in the need for recommendations for further work.

Module 7.

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Project Management
To develop a sound understanding of the fundamental concepts of managing projects.

After completing the module the student should be able to:

1. Demonstrate extensive knowledge of the concepts and practice of project management.
2. Analyse and critically appraise a project in terms of time, cost and quality.
3. Identify and evaluate the operational risks of a project from inception to delivery.
4. Demonstrate expertise in presenting findings in a logical concise manner, making use of the specialised areas of skills and knowledge.

Credit value: 10

This module introduces the fundamental concepts of managing projects.

Outline Syllabus

  • Principles of Project Management.
  • Different types of projects.
  • The role of Project Manager.
  • The project organisation.
  • Project planning.
  • Projects within a sustainable framework.
  • Project scheduling, implementation and control.
  • Relationship to business planning and corporate strategy.

Final Module:

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MSc Project
To enable the student to prepare a dissertation that demonstrates appropriate application of research techniques to a suitable subject area at postgraduate level.

After completing the module the student should be able to:

1. Select, evaluate and apply critical thinking to an organisational/industry issue or problem.
2. Undertake an in-depth review of relevant literature in the field.
3. Undertake a data collection exercise to obtain primary and secondary material relevant to the area being examined.
4. Analyse and synthesise the information to arrive at a coherent set of conclusions.
5. Critically reflect on the achievement and the findings, and propose further development of research in the field.

Credit value: 60

The Project is the final stage of Masters programmes in the areas of Maritime and
Logistics. Building on skills developed in Research Skills and Preparing for Project, this module requires students to refine their aims, objectives and programme of
work, and undertake research work appropriate to masters level study. With academic supervision, the student works towards the compilation of a dissertation.

Outline Syllabus

  • Working in conjunction with the supervising tutor, the student will identify the precise area to be researched. Building on the Preparing for Project module,  students will  develop and apply critical researcher skills, both with regard to methodological justification and subject specific issues.

Learning Activities

  • Students will be allocated an academic member of staff to supervise the dissertation.
  • Students will maintain contact with their supervisor on a regular basis. The agenda
    for each meeting will vary according to the needs of each student and the subject
    area being studied.
  • As a minimum each student will be expected to: agree a project proposal, undertake an in-depth literature search, carry out independent investigative activities in pursuit of the project aims, and compile the dissertation in accordance with a precise specification.
  • At the discretion of the programme team, a student may be invited to a viva voce
    examination to explore relevant issues relating to the dissertation.

The Project is the final stage of Masters programmes in the areas of Maritime and Logistics. Building on skills developed in Research Skills and Preparing for Project, this module requires students to refine their aims, objectives and programme of work, and undertake research work appropriate to masters level study. With academic supervision, the student works towards the compilation of a dissertation.

*Subject to validation