Course Descriptions (MARA)

Maritime Administration Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Class/Lab Hours

Credit

205 

Introduction to Ships and Shipping

(3/2)

4

Introduction to the maritime industry and ships used in the transportation of goods and services. Shipboard nomenclature, types and missions of merchant ships, shipbuilding nomenclature and dimensions, shipbuilding materials and methods, modes of cargo handling and their impact on ship design.

212

Business Law

3/0

3

Legal principles of business, legal reasoning, dispute resolution and procedure, contract law, bankruptcy law, property law, Uniform Commercial Code sections concerning contracts, security interests, negotiable instruments and sales.
Prerequisite: Sophomore classification.

301

Ocean Transportation I

3/0

3

Examination of theory and practice in the management of transportation logistics, labor, rate-making, role of government, international conventions and treaties. Exposure to current trends and developments in shipping.
Prerequisites:
MART Students - NAUT 103, ECON 202 or ECON 203.
MARA Students - MARA 205, ECON 202 or ECON 203.

304

Ocean Transportation II

3/0

3

Marine insurance problems and cases and how they relate directly to a ship's officer. Hull, cargo, and personal injury cases are examined from the officers' and insurers' points of view. Introduction to Admiralty Law and the court of process for seamen's rights and ship owners' privileges. Actual hearings and trials are observed to complete the background.
Prerequisites: for MART and MARA students: MARA 301.

363

Management Process

3/0

3

Management as an academic discipline; goal setting; planning, controlling and decision-making; models for thinking about organizations; organization design; organization change; models for understanding individual behavior; job performance and job satisfaction; interpersonal behavior, motivation and leadership, behavior in work groups; careers in management, ethics and international management.
Prerequisite:
Junior or senior classification.

401

Brokerage and Chartering

3/0

3

Operational and legal environment of ship brokerage and chartering; responsibilities of owner and charterer under various charter forms; American, British and Canadian acts governing charters and bills of lading; rules and regulations concerning loading and discharging.
Prerequisite:
MARA 205, MARA 301. Senior classification.

402

Inland Waterways

3/0

3

Development of inland waterways of the U.S. and federal policies relating to them. Port and terminal development, competition with other transportation forms, manpower, rates, environmental concerns and the impact of waterway systems on regional economies.
Prerequisites: ECON 203. Senior classification.

416

Port Operations, Administration and Economics

3/0

3

Concepts of the port and methods of intermodal transfer. Port functions divided and analyzed along business lines: economics, management, finance, accounting, and marketing. Cost studies.
Prerequisites: ECON 452, MARA 301. Junior or senior classification.

421

Admiralty Law

3/0

3

Essential principles of admiralty, general maritime, and international law as applicable to the maritime industry and ocean shipping. Evolution and state of the law concerning maritime liens, ship mortgages, rights of seamen and harbor workers, limitation of liability, bills of lading and cargo carriage, collision liability, general average, marine salvage, charter parties, and international rights and responsibilities of ships and shipping.
Prerequisites: MARA 301, MARA 304.

435

Labor Law and Policy

3/0

3

Federal and state public policy and laws regulating human resource management including National Labor Relations Act, Railway Labor Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, employment discrimination statutes, statutes regarding public sector unionization, and other relevant legal authorities; various forms of dispute settlement including litigation, mediation, fact finding and arbitration; legal ramification of strategic human resource management decision making.
Prerequisite:
senior classification or approval of instructor.

424

Economics of Transportation

3/0

3

Historical development, structure, function, and regulation of highway, rail, water, pipeline, and air transportation systems. Application of economic concepts and principles to transportation development and operations.
Prerequisite:
ECON 203 and senior classification.

466

Strategic Management

3/0

3

Strategic issues facing organizations, including top management decision making and social responsibility: environmental and industry analysis; establishing organizational mission and objectives; corporate, business and functional level strategy formulation; global and multi-domestic strategies; strategic implementation and control; integrating operations, finance, marketing and human resource strategies; case analysis.
Prerequisites:
MARA 363, MKTG 321, BANA 364, FINC 341, and senior classification.

470

Environmental Law

3/0

3

Designed to provide a broad background of basic statutes, regulations, and cases dealing with the major issues in international and federal environmental law. Specifically, the course will focus on pragmatic training in statutory, regulatory, and treaty reading and interpretation; analysis of administrative and legislative intent for law.
Prerequisite:
senior classification or approval of instructor.

485

Directed Studies

1-4

Directed study on selected problems in the area of Maritime Administration not covered in other courses.
Prerequisite:
Approval of MARA department head.

489

Special Topics

1-3

Study of selected topics in an identified area of Maritime Administration.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.