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An investigation of the skills gap between course learning outcomes of maritime business degrees and onshore employment requirements


Chen, S-L and Cahoon, S and Pateman, H and Bhaskar, P and Wang, G and Parsons, J, An investigation of the skills gap between course learning outcomes of maritime business degrees and onshore employment requirements, Proceedings of the 18-th Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities, 11-14 October 2017, Varna, Bulgaria, pp. 125-135. ISBN 978-954-8991-96-4 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper explores key industry perceptions, through interviews with 27 senior maritime managers in Australia, Canada and the US, on the employability skills required for onshore maritime professionals. Those perceptions are then compared to the skills identified from the collected nine Course Leaming Outcomes (CLOs) of nine maritime business degrees. The findings show that CLOs and maritime industry requirements tend to converge in areas such as knowledge, self-management and computer/IT skills. Less alignment was evident in CLOs relating to communication and problem solving. By giving more attention to these two CLOS in terms of specific emphasis and depth of study, students will gain more comprehensive skill sets for these critical areas. This paper also recommends that including adaptability, flexibility and an inquiring mind in CLOs may enable students to better respond to the dynamism and complexity inherent in the maritime industry.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:employability skills, course learning outcomes, maritime business degrees, onshore maritime industry
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Economics, business and management curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Workforce transition and employment
UTAS Author:Chen, S-L (Associate Professor Peggy Chen)
UTAS Author:Cahoon, S (Professor Stephen Cahoon)
UTAS Author:Pateman, H (Dr Hilary Pateman)
UTAS Author:Bhaskar, P (Associate Professor Prashant Bhaskar)
ID Code:123990
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2018-02-05
Last Modified:2021-11-02
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