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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 ORCID: 0000-0002-1513-4365, Cahoon, S ORCID: 0000-0001-5763-8409, Pateman, H ORCID: 0000-0002-4913-1621, Bhaskar, PR ORCID: 0000-0002-7549-9120, Wang, C and Parsons, J 2017 , 'An investigation of the skills gap between course learning outcomes of maritime business degrees and onshore employment requirements', in Proceedings of the 18-th Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities , Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, Bulgaria, pp. 125-135 .

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Conference Publication
Authors/Creators:Chen, S-L and Cahoon, S and Pateman, H and Bhaskar, PR and Wang, C and Parsons, J
Keywords: employability skills, course learning outcomes, maritime business degrees, onshore maritime industry
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 18-th Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities
Publisher: Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy
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Copyright 2017 Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy - Varna, Bulgaria

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