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Fisheries and Marine Institute (2018/2019)
10 Course Descriptions

All courses of the Marine Institute degree programs are designated as MSTM (Maritime Studies/Technology Management).


The Organization and Issues of Shipping

will provide students with knowledge of the economic shipping environment with respect to Canada. The course will develop an understanding of basic trade theory, patterns of trade and sea routes, commodities traded by sea, and the organizational structure of shipping companies.

CR: the former Engineering 8065; Maritime Studies 4001


The Business of Shipping

will provide students with an understanding of financial statements, costs, revenues and financial performance of shipping companies as well as computing, voyage and annual cashflows. The course will develop an understanding of marine insurance and forecasting, and risk management.

PR: MSTM 4001


Marine Environmental Management

will introduce students to the requirements for the safe management of the marine environment. The course will introduce major environmental problems and identify the major threats to the marine environment. It will provide a working knowledge of these threats and consider the possible counter measures that may be employed by employees in the marine industry.


Trends and Issues in International Shipping

will provide students with an understanding of how regulatory bodies and their legislation have evolved to affect the modern seafarer trading internationally. This course will develop an understanding of the various rules and regulations dealing with Classification, ISM, MAPROL, SOLAS and SIRE inspections which have to be dealt with on a daily basis at sea.


Maritime Human Resource Management

provides basic principles of HRM in terms of seagoing and shore-based personnel. Students will analyze the world maritime labour market, HRM practices, outsourcing and international conventions. It stresses the importance of coherent maritime HRM systems required to gain a sustainable competitive advantage.


Shipping Finance

focuses on commercial ship management and the critical evaluation of alternative financial decisions. Analyzes the principles of financial ship management and the impact of global economic variables on the financial operations and performance of shipping companies. The course provides an appreciation of critical questions, problems, issues and alternative approaches incorporated in shipping finance. This will support and facilitate the conduct of meaningful financial analysis and managerial decision-making for investments and fund raising in shipping business.


Introduction to Offshore Oil and Gas

will provide students with an understanding of the basic concepts of the oil and gas industry from a marine perspective. This course will cover the entire supply chain and industry structure from upstream to downstream. Topics discussed will give an overview of oil and gas; how it is explored and evaluated, extracted, refined, transported and traded.


Assessment and Implementation of Technology

(formerly Technology 4010) examines the effects of technology on the physical, socio-economic, historic, cultural and aesthetic environments. The course also addresses relevant legislation, the generation and evaluation of project/product alternatives, and the prediction, verification and mitigation of technological effects.

CR: the former Technology 4010


Introduction to Intellectual Property and its Management

is an introductory course to the management of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). This course will cover the philosophical rationale for intellectual property rights, its technical and legal considerations, its implications to the development of science and technology and its economic impact in society.


Occupational Health and Safety Legislation and Management

is an introduction to occupational health and safety issues in a technical/industrial context. Students will gain a knowledge and understanding of the legislative framework surrounding occupational health and safety, the assignment of responsibilities in the workplace, the management of occupational health and safety in the workplace and the importance of establishing a positive safety culture.


Structure and Functions of Technology-based Organizations

focuses on the emergence of technology-based companies and how to implement methods to increase their organizational effectiveness. This course will concentrate on the integration of three basic frameworks which include the study of technological economics and organizational progression, structural configurations and operations, and universal and contemporary approaches to organizational design. In addition it will examine the challenges of change that face highly dynamic industries: individual and organizational change, technological change, and national and global change.


Technology and the Environment

will help students critically examine technology and the environment and how the two are linked. Topics may include how technology is both the cause of and solution to many environmental problems, the greenhouse effect, renewable energy vs. fossil fuels, recycling vs. landfills, the efficiency paradox, geo-engineering, and other select current topics.


Technological Entrepreneurship

surveys technological entrepreneurship via examples of both successful and failed businesses in technological fields. By examining cases of entrepreneurship, this course will examine challenges and opportunities facing technological entrepreneurs.


Technological Problem Solving

will introduce students to TRIZ, a powerful set of tools and algorithms developed specifically for analyzing and solving technological problems. TRIZ was developed by people with a technical background for those with a technical background. While TRIZ was developed for inventing and solving technical problems, the tools and approaches can be used to understand and solve virtually any solvable problem.


Technical Operations Management

introduces students to the area of operations management as it pertains to technology companies. Operations is generally considered the process by which an organization converts inputs such as labour and material into outputs such as goods or services. This course will examine how to manage the processes with a particular emphasis on operations in technology-based companies. Topics may include operations based strategy, processes and technology, capacity and facilities planning, and supply chain management.


Research Methods

will examine the fundamental steps in the process of doing research. It will provide students with the necessary information and tools to conduct technical research and communicate their findings. This course will examine how to define a research project, how to prepare a research proposal, how to select a research methodology, how to collect and analyze data and information, and how to prepare a research project report.


Applied Statistics

will enable the student to use descriptive statistics to report data findings, to make statistical inferences using appropriate data analysis, and to use, and interpret the output from, statistical software.


Economic Management for Technologists

(formerly Technology 4020) provides an introduction to the economics of technological projects. Students will study the mathematics of money, cost composition, and project evaluation, including cost comparison. They will also learn to analyse projects for decision making, including risk assessment and replacement analysis. In addition, they will learn to use suitable criteria for project selection, and to conduct sensitivity analysis.

CR: Engineering 4102; the former Technology 4020


Technology in the Human Context

(formerly Technology 4030) examines technology in the historical context and technology in the modern era. Students will discuss human insights, innovation, the interactions between development and technology transfer, ethics and professionalism and how to develop a technology value system.

CR: the former Technology 4030


Project Management for Technologists

(formerly Technology 4040) will introduce the student to the interdisciplinary field of project management. The course covers the interpersonal skills necessary to successfully lead or work effectively within a project team as well as providing an overview of certain planning and scheduling tools and techniques necessary for the planning and monitoring of projects.

CR: the former Technology 4040


Introduction to Quality Management

(formerly Technology 4050) will provide students with an understanding of the philosophy and concepts involved in the total quality approach to quality management. The course covers the various tools and techniques used in quality management as well as providing an overview of the role of management.

CR: the former Technology 4050


Marine Renewable Energy

provides students with an overview of MRE resources, introduces current and emerging technologies to exploit MRE resources, and places these technologies in context with environmental, political, and economic constraints.


Advanced Technical Communications

will enhance the technical communication skills of students. The course content examines technical writing fundamentals; information gathering, analysis, and documentation; proposal preparation; technical document applications; technical report preparation; graphics preparation; and technical presentations. The course will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop proposals, reports, and presentations for technical projects.


Special Topics in Technology

will provide the opportunity for students to maintain technical currency through a review of recent advances in technology and their application to particular technical areas.


Introduction to Technology

will provide a broad survey of practices critical to operating a technology-based business. Topics covered may include an introduction to technology management, historical developments in the management of technology, the functions of technology management, and select current topics that are relevant to operating technology-based businesses.

410A and 410B

Technical Project Report

(same as the former MSTM 4100 and 4200) is a two-semester linked course based on independent study of a problem involving the management of technology. The subject of study will be decided in consultation with the course instructor and must be approved by a committee. The student will identify a research topic in a specialty area, write a concept paper, develop a proposal and write a report. The passing grade for this course is 65%.

CR: MSTM 4400, the former MSTM 4000, the former MSTM 4100, the former MSTM 4200, the former Technology 4000

OR: must be completed within three consecutive semesters

PR: MSTM 4060

UL: not available to students following the 2017/18 Calendar or later as this course will be discontinued after Spring 2018


Maritime Occupational Safety and Health (Legislation and Regulations)

will provide students with the knowledge and understanding to manage the legislative framework within the workplace and show the importance of establishing a positive safety culture with specific focus on the maritime industry.


Maritime Risk Management/Accident Incident Investigation

will provide students with the knowledge of methodologies and practices needed to manage operational risk in today’s maritime industry. Risk management will be analyzed in the context of prevention and mitigation of loss resulting from health and safety, equipment, and environmental accidents and incidents. The course will further explore methodologies and practices used to investigate accident and incident occurrences in the maritime industry.


Advanced Communications for the Maritime Sector

will equip students to write a variety of formal and informal maritime-related technical documents; develop students’ capabilities in gathering and critically analysing information from technical sources and constructing a clear message; and prepare students to develop and deliver oral technical presentations.


Integrated Management Systems in Maritime Industries

offers a firsthand knowledge of a systematic, comprehensive process for managing safety risks. A safety management system program provides for goal setting, planning, and measuring performance. It becomes part of the company’s safety culture, as well as the way people do their jobs.


Policy and Governance in the Maritime Industry

provides the student with an understanding of the maritime industry as a global enterprise in the context of policy and governance. It will focus on the full range of the regulatory framework from the standpoint of the International Maritime Organization to the statutory regulations applicable to the Canadian maritime industry.


Ship Operations Management

provides comprehensive knowledge of global ship management practices supporting the function of ship operations management, both ashore and at sea. This course aims to develop the students understanding of management issues in marine transportation as they relate to basic principles of management; management in multi-ethnic environments; managing under adverse conditions; the SOLAS Convention and the ISM and ISPS Codes; the International Labour Organization and the MLC Convention; the International Transport Federation; and, Port State Control.


Technological Assessment Project

will provide students with the opportunity to conduct an assessment and implementation plan of a technical project in their area of interest. Students will utilize the knowledge that they have obtained in the required courses and incorporate this knowledge into a final project paper.

CR: MSTM 410A/B, the former MSTM 4000, the former MSTM 4100, the former MSTM 4200, and the former Technology 4000

PR: MSTM 4019, 4040, 4060, and 4025 or Statistics 1510 or 2500 or equivalent

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).