PNO902 Maritime Organisational Safety Management

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Due to Covid-19, changes may occur in course descriptions for the autumn semester of 2020. Changes in each course will be published on Studentweb or Canvas. When a course description has been changed there, the description on web is no longer valid. Examples of such changes could be accomplishment of practice, course type, or whether letter grades or passed/not passed will be used as grading scales.

Contents and structure

Introduction

Maritime organisational safety management will give you a thorough understanding of contemporary maritime safety and its management. It provides varying viewpoints on traditional safety topics in conjunction with critical discussions of the international safety management code and its application. The course also offers new perspectives on maritime safety management.

This course is an elective course for students enrolled in the PH-NAUT programme. Other PhD students enrolled in Norwegian/European PhD programmes can also take it as a stand-alone course. If the student is not enrolled in any PhD programme and wants to take this course as a stand-alone course, then the prerequisite for enrollment is a completed relevant Master´s degree with a weighted grade average of B or higher for both the degree and the Master´s thesis.

If less than 3 students sign up for the course, the course will be given in the form of individual supervision by the one responsible for the course. If no PhD students enrolled in the PH-NAUT programme sign up for this course, the course will be cancelled. The maximum number of participants is 10.  PhD students enrolled in the PH-NAUT Programme will be given priority.

Learning Outcome

The candidate will be able to:

Knowledge

have mastery of the most widely used accident causation and prevention theories,

evaluate how safety may be managed in maritime operations,

have a thorough understanding of key elements that influence the effectiveness of safety management processes.

Skills

evaluate research designs that can investigate maritime safety management,

evaluate safety hazards in maritime operations,

understand the limitations of the use of safety management,

mitigate risks in nautical operations,

carry out research on organisational learning,

propose and evaluate research designs related to accident causation and prevention,

carry out research on the relationship between organisational, strategic and operational activities.

 Competence

identify safety hazards in maritime operations.

manage the dynamic nature of safety and risk in maritime operations.

critically examine causal arguments involving accident causation and prevention theories.

Entry requirements

Open for students enrolled in a PhD programme. For others, the prerequisite for enrollment is a completed relevant Master´s degree with a weighted grade average of B or higher for both the degree and the Master´s thesis.

Recommended previous knowledge

None.

Teaching methods

The course consists of one condensed classroom session/seminar lasting two full workdays and comprising lectures, group-work on assignments, and discussions.

The course is a social sciences course and may be taken as a singular course. If less than 3 students sign up for the course, the course will be given as a special curriculum.

Course requirements

The course participants are expected to solve and submit a homework assignment based upon their own research problem. The course participants are expected to write a paper of 10-15 pages related to their own research problem. 100% attendance at the seminar is compulsory.

Assessment

The paper will be graded as Passed/Not Passed. 

Examination support material

All.

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