Graduate Courses

Marine Institute Graduate Courses

Course descriptions listed here are for all MI graduate programs including all Graduate Diplomas, Masters Degrees and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs as listed on the Programs page. To review course requirements for a particular program refer to the program information in the University Calendar.

FISH 6000 

Science Communication for Fisheries

This course will train students in the full spectrum of science communication. The fundamentals of scientific writing, academic publishing, and oral and poster presentations will comprise the first half of the course. The second half will focus on communicating outside the academic environment and how to responsibly disseminate research across a range of media.

FISH 6001 

Ecology, Management, and Practice of North Atlantic Fisheries

In this overview course on fisheries science, several researchers from the School of Fisheries will deliver two week modules on their areas of expertise. Students will be exposed to the diversity of research conducted at Ml - including fisheries ecology, conservation and sustainability, harvesting technology, post-capture processing, and fisheries policy.

FISH 6002 

Data Collection, Management, and Display

Modern fisheries scientists work in a complex data environment. This course will introduce students to the basics of R statistical software - including programming best practices, optimizing workflows, and producing tidy data. A focus on data display and visualization will be present throughout this course, reflecting the importance of good graphing habits in science.

FISH 6003 

Statistics and Study Design for Fisheries Science

This course will provide an overview of modern statistical techniques used in fisheries research. A broad range of approaches will be covered, and students will learn the advantages and disadvantages of each, how they relate to one another, when they are applicable, and how to implement them in R. Special focus will be placed on designing powerful experiments.

FISH 6004 

Overview of Statistical Stock Assessment

Students will get an introduction to basic concepts in fish stock assessment, including survey sampling theory, basic population dynamics, optimal harvest strategies, and stock assessment models. Students will learn how to fit several growth, reproduction, and stock assessment models using R software. This will include training in statistical estimation and inference methods involving maximum likelihood, profile likelihood, and bootstrap procedures.

FISH 6005 

Advanced Statistical Stock Assessment

This course will address cutting-edge topics in stock assessment. Students will gain a robust understanding of advanced stock assessment models, and will demonstrate this understanding by applying the course material to a current problem in this field. Students will be trained in state-of-the art state-space stock assessment models that integrate multiple types of data to produce more realistic and reliable assessments of fish stocks.

MARI 6000 

Introduction to Maritime Safety and Survival Research

will provide an introduction to research issues in maritime safety and survival and will provide an overview of current topics. Integration of knowledge across the spectrum of research in the field will help students identify and refine appropriate research questions.

MARI 6001 

Statistics and Research Design for Maritime Studies

provides students with an understanding of when, where, and how to use statistical techniques relevant to research in maritime studies. Research design, display and analysis of data, as well as reporting and interpreting results are extensively discussed.

MARI 6002 

Science Communication for Maritime Studies

prepares students to communicate science inside and outside of the academic environment. The course will focus on publishing in academic and other venues, oral and poster presentation methods, and dissemination of research through a range of methods. May be offered in an accelerated format.

MARI 6003

Human Factors in Safety and Survival

addresses application of human information processing and action, to the design of equipment and environments where humans learn and perform. Within a safety and survival context, human capabilities, limitations, and interaction with design, use of systems, controls/displays are investigated. May be offered in an accelerated format.

MARI 6004

Special Topics in Safety and Survival (Learning)

This course introduces students to more advanced research topics in learning and safety and survival.  Topics to be studied will be announced by the School of Maritime Studies. PR: MARI 6000

MARI 6005

Special Topics in Safety and Survival (Human Behavior)

This course introduces students to more advanced research topics in human behavior and safety and survival.  Topics to be studied will be announced by the School of Maritime Studies. PR: MARI 6000

MARI 6006

Special Topics in Safety and Survival (Engineering Technology)

This course introduces students to more advanced research topics in engineering technology and safety and survival.  Topics to be studied will be announced by the School of Maritime Studies. PR: MARI 6000

MARI 6027
(formerly MSTM 6027

Coastal and Ocean Environmental Policies

This course provides a detailed review of environmental protection policies enacted by a number of national jurisdictions together with international conventions and the framework for governing ocean resources and the ocean environment outside the limits of these jurisdictions. It considers the strengths and weaknesses of these policies and of the legal frameworks in which they are enacted and the effectiveness of existing conventions, as well as their impact on the business of shipping.

CR: The former MSTM 6027

MARI 6041
(formerly MSTM 6041)

Marine Policy

This course deals with aspects of national and international marine policy as it impacts upon the management of marine operations. It includes the examination of the roles of the International Maritime Organization and other international and national agencies; environmental and safety issues; and quality issues.

CR: The former MSTM 6041

MARI 6042
(formerly MSTM 6042)

Business of Shipping/Transportation of Goods

This course examines the Canadian and international shipping business.  It will include an examination of shipping operations, ship finance, marine markets, safety and security issues, and the transportation of goods.  The issues are addressed from a holistic business management perspective.

CR: The former MSTM 6042

MARI 6043
(formerly MSTM 6043)

Marine Law

This course surveys national and international law relating to shipping and the marine environment.  It includes the roles and responsibilities of private and public national and international agencies; jurisdiction and decisions on carriage of goods by sea; international conventions; security issues; liability; safety and environmental regulations and their impact on marine operations management decision-making.

CR: The former MSTM 6043

MARI 6044
(formerly MSTM 6044)

Marine Environment Law and Pollution Control

This course focuses on domestic & international issues of marine environmental law, pollution control and prevention. Students will consider the roles of legislation, jurisdiction, organizational structures, international agreements, transboundary issues, and rights of coastal states in addressing marine environmental problems with regards to shipping.

CR: The former MSTM 6044

MARI 6045
(formerly MSTM 6045)

Port Operations and Management

This course provides an overview of port and terminal management issues, including port resources and infrastructure; scheduling of port resources; port performance and efficiency; port development; impact of technological change on port management; port security.

CR: The former MSTM 6045

MARI 6046
(formerly MSTM 6046)

Information Systems in the Marine Environment

This course provides a survey of topics in information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) from a marine management perspective. Topic areas include: IS roles in decision making, approaches to data management, applications of marine communications technology; security and electronic data interchange.

CR: The former MSTM 6046

MARI 6047
(formerly MSTM 6047)

Maritime Security and Event Investigation

This course deals with port, coastal and ocean security issues; the role of national and international agencies; the impact of advances in information technologies; marine safety systems; safety and security audit and inspection.

CR: The former MSTM 6047

MARI 6048
(formerly MSTM 6048)

Emerging Issues in International Marine Transportation

The course deals with issues having an impact on the international shipping business, such as the globalization of economic activity; privatization of port management and marine services; impact of technological change; impact of national and international environmental legislation; coastal waters and port security; marine personnel shortages.

CR: The former MSTM 6048

MARI 6049
(formerly MSTM 6049)

Risk Analysis and Management in the Marine Sector

This course addresses the administrative and decision-making processes of managing risk and uncertainty in the marine industry; risk identification with respect to the various types of maritime exposures and methods of identifying such exposures; risk analysis with respect to organizational objectives and significance; risk control with respect to preventing maritime losses; risk financing with respect to the retention and transfer of maritime risk; selecting and implementing risk management techniques; monitoring and improving the risk management program adopted by the maritime organization.

CR: The former MSTM 6049

MARI 6050
(formerly MSTM 6050)

Maritime HSEQ

examines the roles and responsibilities of a Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) department within a shipping company. Students will understand the importance of recognizing and serving the human element in relation to industry operations and critical incidents. Students will examine the HESQ manager's role in supporting operations, often in the center of the interface between high-paced marine operations and organized labour. This course exposes students to the delicate balance and dynamics between operations and HSEQ especially when a company's HSEQ model is step-changing upwards beyond regulatory compliance.

CR: The former MSTM 6050

MARI 6051
(formerly MSTM 6051)

International Maritime Compliance & Business Continuity Planning

The course deals with business continuity planning & international compliance issues as they impact upon the management of maritime operations.  Students will be introduced to the ideas & concepts of managing risk across the areas of: marine safety; maritime security; & environmental protection. By examining a number of inter-related ideas and concepts the course will provide students with a number of compliance methods to effectively manage risk.

CR: The former MSTM 6051

MARI 6101
(formerly MSTM 6101

Project in Maritime Management

Students will choose a topic in consultation with the Academic Director and Project Supervisor. Students will work independently to carry out an in-depth study of a problem or application within the area of maritime management and fully document and present their findings.  Preferably the problem will be directly related to a workplace situation. The resulting capstone paper will be evaluated by two examiners.

CR: The former MSTM 6101

MSTM 6001
(formerly FRM 6001)

Fisheries Ecology

This course is designed to give participants an understanding of fisheries science and ecology, focusing on global species of commercial value. Specifically, it will examine various species, how they interact with their biotic and abiotic environment, how we study them, and how human activities have affected their population structure and environment.  It will also consider the impacts of commercial production technology for both wild and farmed species. 

CR: The former FRM 6001

MSTM 6002
(formerly FRM 6002)

Fisheries Resource Assessment Strategies

This course is designed to give participants an understanding of fish population dynamics and stock assessment practice.  It will examine how populations of fish species are surveyed and how the data collected is used to model changes in population abundance over time.  Assessed during this course are population growth models, stock – recruitment models, biomass dynamic models, age structured models and ecosystem based models. The goal of this course is to give the participant a greater understanding of the analysis that must precede responsible fisheries management decisions.

CR: The former FRM 6002

MSTM 6003
(formerly FRM 6003)

Fisheries Economics

The objective of this course is to develop an understanding of how economic analysis is used in private and public decision-making involving fishing activity, and how it enters the design and evaluation of fisheries policy that promotes sustainable use of the fisheries resource.  The course acquaints students with the principal economic models of the fishery, and provides an introduction to the methods of bioeconomic analysis under alternative management regimes and institutional arrangements. 

CR: The former FRM 6003

MSTM 6004

Fisheries Policy and Planning

Fisheries Policy and Planning will introduce students to the parameters surrounding the formulation of fisheries policy and the considerations that enable the planning process. Students will gain insight into the mechanisms that contribute to policy development as well as the intended and unintended outcomes of the fisheries planning and policy process. The course is divided into three parts. Part I will focus on sources and instruments that drive policy development in democratic societies and provide the legal and political origins of the planning and policy framework in an international context. Part II will explore current issues such the role of science, monitoring , control and surveillance and resource allocation, and finally Part III special topics such aquaculture, fisheries certification and recreational fisheries.

MSTM 6005

Overview of World Fisheries

This course is designed to give participants an understanding of the interconnected and global nature of fisheries worldwide. The course will provide students with an historical overview of fisheries evolution in the main international fishing regions with a view to understanding the current state of fisheries production including both wild fish capture fisheries and aquaculture industries. The course will also examine current international production statistics and trends from countries and regions worldwide. The national and international implications of fishery production levels with a view to future trends and production predictions, as well, an examination of integrated management systems will be undertaken to assist in understanding the national implications of world fisheries trends.

MSTM 6006
(formerly FRM 6006)

Business Management for Fisheries

This course is designed to provide an overview of fisheries management and of the business management discipline.  It will allow students to gain an appreciation for the forces operating in the environment (biological, human, economic, political) as such forces influence the management of a fisheries enterprise and to identify the stakeholders in the business enterprise system and to understand how they are influenced by the fisheries business, or how they influence fisheries management.  Students will be exposed to the idea that there are many sides to an issue and that decision making in a business environment is complicated and difficult.  Students will be encouraged to think critically about management by evaluating the current strategies and operating problems of local fisheries enterprises.  Students will be provided with practical methods, techniques and concepts for managing and owning a fisheries business.

CR: The former FRM 6006

MSTM 6007

Fisheries Technology

This course will focus on wild fish capture technology and its impacts on the sustainability of marine ecosystems as well as fishery management and regulatory strategies. The course will review all active and passive commercial fishing gears and an examination of the conservation strategies employed by commercial fishing technologies will be undertaken. The effect of modern fishing gear engineering and the need for global responsible fishing practices will be the specific focus of the course learning objectives.

MSTM 6008

Social and Philosophical issues of Fisheries Management

This course will explore the concepts of open access resource use from an historical perspective and the influence of capitalism on resource use, resource access and property regimes presently found in modern fisheries. Technology, resource partitioning and global economies will be explored in terms of impacts on communities, women and local economies. The emphasis of this course is the social and philosophical issues of resource use on individuals and the global community as we move into the 21st century.

MSTM 6009

Current Issues for Sustainable Fisheries

This course will examine the rapid growth of the global seafood sustainability movement and the impact that it has been having on making the seafood marketplace more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The course will provide an overview of the eco-labeling movement in the seafood sector and the success of the ENGO community in its ability to harness the purchasing power of consumers to influence seafood sustainability. The course will examine these trends in both the capture fishery and aquaculture sectors. Key topic areas for discussion will include a review of the various government and nongovernment Eco-labeling and certification regimes. International standards such as the FAO Code of Conduct on Responsible Fishing, the FAO Guidelines on Eco-labeling and emerging traceability and certification requirements and their impact on creating sustainable fisheries will be examined.

MSTM 6010

Legal Aspects of Fisheries Resource Management

This course is designed to enable students to gain an appreciation of local, national and international regulatory regimes for management of fishery resources. Fishery legislation and regulation will be examined and compared at local and national levels and examination of regional fishery organizations will be discussed in relation to international agreements. Global efforts of fishery management will also be examined as a regulatory mechanism for high seas fishing.

MSTM 6011

Introduction to Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management / Marine Spatial Planning

This course will address how Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management (ICOM) and increasingly Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) have been undertaken worldwide as a means to overcome the ineffectiveness of traditionally fragmented sector and single issue management. It will examine integrated approaches that are multi-disciplinary, area-based, comprehensive and participatory and reflect a move toward ecosystem-based management.  The course will examine ICOM/MSP concepts, processes and associated best practices as well as the international, national and regional contexts including critical analysis of case studies.

MSTM 6012

Fundamentals of Geospatial Analysis

Geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies are essential to the realm of marine spatial planning.  The understanding of geospatial data improves interoperability and decision making pertaining to social, economic and environmental priorities.  This course addresses remote sensing and GIS principles and methods of coastal data acquisition, processing, analysis, dissemination, quality and management.  Comprehension of these processes requires fundamentals pertaining to spatial data including geodesy, projection/coordinate geometry, data models, feature abstraction and map generalization.

MSTM 6013

Resource/Natural Environment and Ocean Use Characterization

The course will address identification and characterization of resource/natural environment features and the nature of ocean (including coastal) use patterns as a fundamental component of integrated coastal and ocean management/marine spatial planning. The course will examine key natural environmental features/processes of coastal and ocean areas, coastal and ocean resources, as well as how numerous sectors and interests utilize/value coastal and ocean space. Aspects such as ecologically and biologically significant areas, strategic environmental and risk assessment and planning related characterization efforts internationally, nationally and regionally will be included.

MSTM 6014

Geospatial Analysis for Marine Spatial Planning

This course will examine the critical role and effective use of geospatial data for marine spatial planning purposes. It will provide students with the technological knowledge and ability to identify, manage and analyze geospatial data to address a number of MSP requirements such as habitat conservation, user conflict avoidance and optimization of coastal and ocean space. The course will examine the technological aspects of ICOM/MSP processes, data requirements and management, decision-support tools and associated best practices as well as examples from international, national and regional contexts including critical analysis of case studies.

PR: MSTM 6011, MSTM 6012, and MSTM 6013. May be offered in an accelerated format.

MSTM 6015

Marine Protected Areas

The course will examine the planning and management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). It will address policy, principles and designs; the international, national and regional MPA contexts; issues associated with MPAs as well as the role of MPAs in fisheries management and biodiversity conservation.  It will include their key role in meeting the conservation objectives established in integrated coastal and ocean management and spatial planning processes.

MSTM 6016

Coastal Geomorphology / Oceanography

With approximately 40% of the world’s population living in coastal areas, enormous pressure is being placed on their industrial, recreational and habitable resources. In order to manage these resources in a sustainable manner, we must understand how marine and terrestrial processes interact at their interface; the coastal zone. This course is designed to educate students about the processes and forces which act upon coastlines, and the resistance factors of those coastlines. There is emphasis on how these forces and resistance factors combine to produce coastal landforms locally and globally. Discussion also examines how the interaction of these erosional factors and resistance factors result in the formation of dynamic coastal features. As coastal populations increase, there is a growing desire to try to stabilize the coastal area and protect the people who live there by constructing various coastal defense features. These features and their impacts on natural systems will be examined in this course. Oceanographic process that both impact shorelines and are themselves impacted by coastal defense features, such as waves, tides and currents will also be examined.

MSTM 6017

Social and Cultural Aspects of Coastal Communities

The course will review the influence of the marine environment and the ocean on social structures within coastal communities. It will also examine cultural practices and ties to coastal life as well as the importance and utilization of aboriginal and traditional/local ecological knowledge in planning and managing coastal and ocean areas. Case studies from around the globe will be utilized to highlight issues such as technology, globalization, small scale fisheries, cultural and environmental sustainability, and organization of community groups as effective agents of change.

MSTM 6018

Coastal and Ocean Economics

This course will introduce students to the theoretical and practical economic forces influencing Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management. Building on micro-and marco economic science it will investigate a number of issues related to natural resource use and global marine commerce. Students with backgrounds or interests in Fisheries& Aquaculture, Seafood Industry, Coastal Development Land Use & Recreation, Offshore Oil & Gas, and Coastal Watershed Management, will use case studies to engage in critical discussion to examine policy and practice with regard to coastal economic potential and problems. This course will offer a conceptual framework of how Integrated Coastal Zone Management may be applied to steer study and policy of evolving economic practices towards sustainable development.

MSTM 6019

Internship

Students will undertake a 12 week internship with a group/organization, business, government agency, research institute etc. with duties related to Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management/Marine Spatial Planning activities/requirements. Students will be required to produce a report documenting their internship activities.

MSTM 6056

Management for International Development

This course will involve the students in discussions and case studies related to international development activities that aim to improve the livelihoods of the poor and/or under-represented in developing countries.  It will consider types of funding agencies, proposal development, needs assessments, project management strategies, sustainable resource management, human resource development, consideration of the impacts on the host or target group as well as their developing country, change management strategies, communication strategies, and other relevant topics.

MSTM 6071

Management of Aquaculture Technology

This course will discuss management issues related to existing and innovative aquaculture technology, as the industry strives to improve production efficiencies and lessen environmental impact of farming operations. The participants will evaluate the operational, environmental, husbandry dynamics and economic considerations of aquaculture technology.

MSTM 6072

Animal Husbandry Management

This course will discuss issues related to animal husbandry management strategies and Best Management Practices for farm operations, particularly related to feed, health and the environment.  This will include case studies for open and closed intensive commercial culture of finfish and shellfish, as well as integrated farming systems.

MSTM 6073

Aquaculture Environmental Management

This course is designed to provide an overview and understanding of the current issues in relation to aquaculture and environment management.  It will provide an overview of the relevant science, environmental, policy and public awareness issues to enable the students to apply their knowledge in discussions and industry public relations.

MSTM 6074

Aquaculture Site and Operational Assessment

This course is designed to provide an overview of the criteria for selecting a suitable aquaculture site and for assessing existing operations. Operational assessments will assess production efficiencies, management practice, environmental impacts and remediation, user conflict, economic considerations and the application of innovative technology.  The course will focus on land-based and open-water sites, and systems for economically important cultured finfish and shellfish species.

MSTM 6075

Aquaculture Engineering Technology Management

This course is designed to provide an understanding of engineering principles as they apply to aquaculture technology and system management.  This course will focus on the physical-biological parameters of the aquatic environment and how they impact the cultured species. In addition, the engineering implications of the facility infrastructure will be assessed, particularly as they impact both the cultured organisms and ease of system management.

MSTM 6102

Project in Aquaculture Technology Management

Students will choose a topic in consultation with the Academic Director and Project Supervisor. Students will work independently to carry out an in-depth study of a problem or application within an area of aquaculture management, and will fully document and present their findings.  Preferably the problem will be directly related to a relevant, ongoing issue in a specific aquaculture sector. The resulting major paper will be evaluated by two examiners.

OTEC 6000

Ocean Mapping Essentials I

This course provides an applied approach to understanding the theoretical and practical fundamentals for post-graduate ocean mapping students. The essential principles of the following topics are dealt with: ocean exploration and charting, underwater acoustics, oceanography, water levels and flows, maritime meteorology, and marine geology and geophysics.

OTEC 6001

Ocean Mapping Essentials II

This course is designed to provide an applied approach to understanding the theoretical and practical ocean mapping essentials within the areas of Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Law of the Sea, automation processes and python scripting concepts. It will examine integrated approaches to the multi-disciplinary nature of ocean mapping through analysis, synthesis and application of Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, LiDAR data integration, spatial data management and administration, legal aspects of hydrographic surveying, Law of the Sea implications as well as the utilization of python scripting for automation and development. The course will examine ocean mapping concepts, processes and associated best practices through real-world practical applications as well as critical analysis of relevant content through case studies.

OTEC 6002

Applied Geodesy and Positioning

This course will evaluate, assess and enhance theoretical and practical application of geodesy and positioning within a marine geomatics context. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the concepts associated with physical geodesy, satellite positioning methods, coordinate systems and datums, land surveying methods, map projections.

OTEC 6003

Applied Hydrography

Students will evaluate, assess, and demonstrate the processes associated with modern hydrographic survey planning and execution. The course will consider measurement accuracy, standards and best practices when surveying marine and other aquatic environments – including acquiring both bathymetric and oceanographic data. Students will achieve a robust technical and theoretical understanding of the instrumentation and procedures essential to a hydrographic survey: including a practical understanding of underwater acoustics, system performance, and system integration. Participants will learn to execute a ‘plan-to-chart’ workflow in an environment tailored to mimic a real-world situational context.

OTEC 6004

Field Course in Ocean Mapping

This course represents a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary ocean mapping field project. The nature and context of this course provides the student with an immersive experience through the practical application of all the theoretical components and practical skillsets within a real-world context. Students will demonstrate, evaluate and assess the complete plan-to-chart workflow through surveying planning, mobilization and sensor integration, field deployment, data acquisition, data processing, data analysis, data management and product dissemination. This course will further solidify the eclectic nature of ocean mapping technologies and illustrate the role of marine geomatics within the ocean technology sector.

OTEC 6005

Applied Underwater Acoustics

This course will address the fundamentals of underwater acoustics from both science and technology perspectives, especially as they relate to sonar. The focus is on core physical principles and ocean mapping, but the acoustic study of other natural and human processes in the ocean are treated. Acoustical oceanography subjects include the effects of boundaries (sea surface and bottom) and the water-column sound speed profile, sound sources in the ocean, transducers and hydrophones, basic sound propagation models, and environmental considerations. Students will gain thorough understanding of the concepts of underwater acoustics through critical analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. This understanding is complimented by the development of practical skills in: Python programming, data analysis, acoustic simulation, digital signal processing, and the integration of core ocean mapping instrumentation and methods.

OTEC 6007

Autonomous Vehicles for Ocean Mapping

This course provides participants with an understanding of the suite of underwater vehicles such as AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles), ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicles), UUV (Unmanned Underwater Vehicles) and ASV (Autonomous Surface Vehicles) and their technology to survey remote environments and to investigate the seabed utilizing a plethora of high-resolution image analysis and geophysical tool integration. The autonomous vehicle data obtained within the largescale mapping environment will provide an opportunity to quantify the relationships between the biological and physical variables within an applied and scientific context as a means to further help monitor marine biodiversity.

OTEC 6008

Applied Geostatistical Analysis and Seabed Characterization

This course will effectively deliver the theoretical and practical principles of applied geospatial analysis within an ocean mapping and marine geomatics context, with particular attention given to seabed characterization.  Students will develop a thorough understanding of sampling design, spatial autocorrelation, geostatistical interpolation techniques, python an R scripting, as well as web-based mapping and application development within 2D, 3D and 4D environments.  Students will further develop expertise in project planning, development, implementation and management within a multi-disciplinary setting, synthesizing the cross-curricular nature of GIS and geospatial data analysis from a problem solving perspective within a real-world context.

OTEC 6010

Marine Geology and Geophysics

This course will address the fundamentals of marine geology and geophysics from an applied ocean mapping perspective. It will examine integrated approaches to the geophysical processes that contribute to the formation of ocean basins and continental margins through the acquisition, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of marine geological and geophysical data. Through these methods, students will be able to understand and apply the concepts of seafloor spreading, seismic exploration and geotechnical capabilities as a means of evaluating the impact of marine geological processes on a global scale.

OTEC 6013

MetOcean Instrumentation & Observation

This course is designed to introduce the students to the purpose, operation, data analysis, and maintenance of a range of meteorological and oceanographic instruments. The course will introduce students to the physical principles used in meteorological instruments to make surface measurements of temperature, moisture, pressure, precipitation, wind, cloud height, visibility, sunshine and radiation (including instruments used in automatic weather stations), and describe how these instruments operate, and outline the kinds of errors that might occur. The oceanographic instruments to be studied include the following: CTD, ADCP (moored and towed), and a multi-sensor instrument for dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, and fluorescence; This will include cruise planning, data gathering at sea, and laboratory exercises involving preliminary data analysis and presentation.

OTEC 6014

Introduction to Marine Renewable Energy

This course is designed to provide an introduction to Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) technologies and potentials. The course provides 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. It provides a survey of the main classes of Marine Renewable Energy (MRE), specifically offshore wind, ocean tides, ocean waves, ocean thermal gradients, and ocean salinity gradients. It also covers the MRE enabling technology of energy storage. Some mathematical criteria will be covered, such as Betz limit for wind and the limit of efficiency of a point absorber Wave Energy Converter (WEC).

OTEC 6100

Applied Ocean Technology Project in Ocean Mapping

This course is designed to provide the student an opportunity to become fully immersed in a self-directed project that applies ocean mapping principles and best practices within a specialty area of interest relevant to the field of ocean technology. Students will choose a topic in consultation with the Academic Director and Project Supervisor and carry out an independent and in-depth study of an ocean technology problem, issue or application within the area of ocean mapping and fully document and present their findings in a technical and professional manner. The resulting project report will be evaluated by external examiners and presented to stakeholders within both academia and industry.

TECH 6022

(formerly MSTM 6022)

Communication and Conflict Resolution in a Technical Environment

This course provides participants with an understanding of the basic principles of conflict resolution, negotiation, and effective communication and interpersonal skills.  The skills taught will enable students to diagnose, understand and accept a role in the negotiation and management of conflicts between individuals and groups in an organizational context; to investigate and solve problems and manage conflicts within the workplace.

CR: The former MSTM 6022

TECH 6023
(formerly MSTM 6023)

Strategic Planning, Policy, Participation and Management in Technical Operations

This course is designed to give participants an understanding of the strategic planning and policy development needs and functions of an organization. The course will examine current concepts, approaches and, specifically the critical role of managers and leaders in the areas of planning, policy development, problem solving and decision making. Strategic planning and policy development in the business must be led by managers who provide overall vision, coordination, decisions on allocation of resources, communication and ongoing commitment, evaluation and support.

CR: The former MSTM 6023

TECH 6030
(formerly MSTM 6030)

Principles of Management for Engineering Technology Enterprises
introduces students to core competencies for the effective management of a technology-based enterprise. Students will explore the essentials of human resource management, performance management, financial operations, marketing and workplace ethics for engineering technology- and maritime- based enterprises.

CR: The former MSTM 6030

TECH 6031
(formerly MSTM 6031)

Overview of Technical Operations

This course provides students with a management approach to the fundamental aspects of production and/or service delivery systems of organizations in concert with marketing, human resources, finance, and information systems. Students will review management decision making processes including day-to-day operating decisions such as inventory and quality control to long-term strategic decisions such as capacity and location planning.

CR: The former MSTM 6031

TECH 6032 (formerly MSTM 6032)

Technological Innovation and Development

This course provides students with an understanding of managerial practices and tools associated with technological innovation. The course focuses on process and implementation for both incremental and radical innovation and addresses strategic, organizational and managerial issues associated with new, established, small or large organizations. 

CR: The former MSTM 6032

TECH 6033
(formerly MSTM 6033)

Quality Systems

The course provides students with an understanding of several key concepts related to quality management including TQM (total quality management); ISO 9000; the role of management; customer focus (internal and external); employee empowerment; and benchmarking. Continual improvement techniques and strategies including SPC (statistical process control); six sigma; Kaizen approach and CEDAC system will be explored.  The contributions of various quality pioneers including Deming, Juran and Crosby will be discussed.

CR: The former MSTM 6033

TECH 6034
(formerly MSTM 6034)

Project Management in the Offshore, Health, Fisheries and Engineering Technology Environments

This course will include an overview of project management. It will include presentations, discussions, and case-based analysis around project planning and monitoring; resource planning, budgeting and cost controls; assessing and managing risks; managing team work; effective communications; quality control; and negotiations and contracts.

CR: The former MSTM 6034

TECH 6035
(formerly MSTM 6035)

Information Technology Applications in the Health and Engineering Technology Environments

This course introduces the importance of information technology in the successful operation of technology organizations. Students will be presented with managerial, informational and technological issues related to the management of IT, and with a framework to better manage them. Students will discuss the strategic applications of information technology.

CR: The former MSTM 6035

TECH 6036
(formerly MSTM 6036)

Supply Chain Management and Advanced Engineering Technology Operations

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of supply chain management including planning, management and measurement of customer demand, sourcing, operations and manufacturing, inventory, warehousing, transportation, and the effective application of technology to optimize supply chain performance. In addition, this course includes advanced technical operations topics including global sourcing and logistics, forecasting, lean systems, and resource, sales and operations planning.

CR: The former MSTM 6036

TECH 6037
(formerly MSTM 6037)

Risk Analysis and Operations in the Engineering Technology Sector

This course focuses on enterprise risk management methodologies and their application, including alignment with strategic objectives; risk identification and analysis; risk management tools; risk mitigation; and strategic emergency planning.

CR: The former MSTM 6037

TECH 6038
(formerly MSTM 6038)

Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Management

The course covers the organizational, strategic, and operational aspects of manufacturing. Production planning processes, resource allocation issues as well as analysis and operation of inventory systems will be discussed. Students will review design, management and improvement processes and exam available systems used to coordinate these processes, including the MRP (material requirements planning), JIT/Lean (just-in-time), and DBR (Drum-Buffer-Rope), also known as constraint-based planning.

CR: The former MSTM 6038

TECH 6039
(formerly MSTM 6039)

Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility

This course focuses on tools that can be applied within organizational strategies for sustainability and social responsibility.   Students will examine case studies and identify opportunities for improvement through the use of environmental auditing, performance reporting, selection of indicators, environmental risk assessment, modeling and environmental accounting.   The course will also address global issues such as climate change and carbon trading.

CR: The former MSTM 6039

TECH 6052
(formerly MSTM 6052)

Management of Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property (IP), as a strategic corporate asset has become a key factor in modern knowledge-based organizations. This course will consider the Intellectual Property tools necessary to effectively protect IP. Furthermore, this course will discuss the best strategies and approaches for value creation through the use of Intellectual Property Rights.

CR: The former MSTM 6052

TECH 6053

Legal Implications of Technology Management
provides students with a basic understanding of legal aspects of technology in business. Students will review important legal effects for those managing new technologies. Fundamental legal concepts such as consideration, validity of contracts, vicarious liability, manufacturer’s liability, incorporations, bankruptcies, among others will be reviewed. Legal concerns of relevant topics such as privacy rights in the digital era and internet law will also be discussed.

TECH 6054
(formerly MSTM 6054)

Technology Assessment
introduces students to the methods and tools applied in technology assessment. Technology assessment is of growing importance to technology management and research. In this course, students will review the common technology assessment approaches used for government and non-government uses, including risk assessment decision analysis, impact analysis, cost-benefit analysis, roadmapping and system dynamics.

CR: The former MSTM 6054

TECH 6055

Asset Integrity Management
Asset integrity is the ability of equipment and facilities to perform their function in a safe and effective manner. The management of asset integrity requires understanding and application of specific management strategies to determine the best allocation of resources to safely and efficiently continue operations. This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of asset integrity management (AIM).

TECH 6100
(CR MSTM 6100)

Project in Engineering Technology, Applied Science and Technology Management
(6 credit hours)

Students will choose a topic in consultation with the Academic Director and Project Supervisor. Students will work independently to carry out an in-depth study of a problem or application within the area of technology management and fully document and present their findings.  Preferably the problem will be directly related to a workplace situation. The resulting capstone paper will be evaluated by two examiners.

CR: The former MSTM 6100

Note, former title was “Project in Engineering and Applied Science Technology Management”