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Development Studies

 

There will be no second semester intake

PG DIPLOMA IN MARITIME STUDIES

(NQF LEVEL:  8, TOTAL NQF CREDITS FOR QUALIFICATION: 120)

 

The Department of Development Studies offers an innovative Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Studies. 

The programme is designed to equip students for exciting career options and/or advancements in the booming fields of marine, maritime and coastal development, port management and development, as well as the associated areas of coastal and marine tourism. More particularly it seeks to:

  • Equip students with knowledge of socio-economic and economic aspects of marine and maritime affairs so as to provide them with the skills necessary in understanding a coastal economy;
  • Provide a sufficient number of qualified professionals with additional skills in marine affairs and maritime studies;
  • Meet the national need for marine and/or maritime specialists
  • Respond to the need for competent maritime specialists with specific reference to sustainable development and beneficiation of coastal economies; and
  • To respond to the needs for additional skills and better and in-depth understanding of marine and coastal economies and the socio-economic problems facing these economies.
  • To provide the analytical skills necessary to respond to emerging options and projects in the area of port management, development and security.

Duration of Course

One year full-time. Two/three years part-time.

Full-time students are required to complete all modules offered per semester. Part-time students will need to select modules according to the offering of the semester. Please see the Semester timetables for more details.

All modules are compulsory.

Students will not be allowed to register for more than 120 credits per year.

Curriculum 

Module Name

Module Code

New Module Code

Semester

Credit Value

Marine and Maritime Affairs

MARD 401

MARS 401

1

20

Marine and Maritime Policy

MARD 402

MARS 411

1

14

Research on Maritime Issues

MARD 403

MARS 400

1 & 2

20

The Marine Environment

MARD 404

MARS 402

2

10

Marine and Coastal Law

MARD 405

MARS 412

2

12

Marine Tourism and Coastal Recreation

MARD 406

MARS 421

1

12

Marine and Coastal Development Modules and Practices

MARD 407

MARS 422

2

10

Marine and Coastal Business Opportunities and Practices

MARD 408

MARS 432

2

12

Marine and Environmental Education

MARD 409

MARS 442

2

10

 

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

MARD401/MARS401                        MARINE AND MARITIME AFFAIRS                              20

EVALUATION

Continuous Evaluation, 100% class mark – no formal examination.

CORE SYLLABUS

Introduce students to substantive problems pertinent to the relation of humankind and the world's oceans and coasts and interrelationships of ocean users (e.g. management and exploitation of living/non-living resources, shipping, scientific research, pollution, recreation and others).

  • Broad understanding of the scope and nature of marine and maritime affair
  • Marine and maritime affairs issues
  • Interrelationship of ocean issues

 

MARD402/MARS411                MARINE AND MARITIME POLICY                      ...........       14

EVALUATION

Continuous Evaluation, 100% class mark – no formal examination.

CORE SYLLABUS

Systematic approaches to identifying and analysing problems in marine policy formulation and implementation are explored.

  • Identifying and analysing problems in marine policy formulation
  • Identifying and analysing problems in marine policy
  • Analysis in public policy development

 

MARD403/MARS400                      RESEARCH AND MARITIME ISSUES                                       20

EVALUATION

Continuous Evaluation, 100% class mark – no formal examination.

CORE SYLLABUS

This module focuses on qualitative and quantitative research techniques employed by social scientists and other researchers as used in a marine context.

  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods as used in a marine and maritime context
  • Research paradigms and their applicability to a specific area of research
  • Develop a proposal to conduct basic research in maritime studies
  • Mini-research study and to present findings of a research study

 

MARD404/MARS402                      THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT                                                    10

EVALUATION

Continuous Evaluation, 100% class mark – no formal examination.

CORE SYLLABUS

To introduce learners to the marine environment and to enable them to research and apply their knowledge of this environment to make informed decisions.

  • Special characteristics of life in environments dominated by water
  • Physical and chemical environment of the seas and how these relate to the ecology of marine animals
  • Fish populations and assess them productively and establish guidelines for their sustainable use by man

 

MARD405/MARS412                      MARINE AND COSTAL LAW                                                       12

EVALUATION

Continuous Evaluation, 100% class mark – no formal examination.

CORE SYLLABUS

Introduces students to the legislation applicable in the marine and coastal environments.

  • Marine and coastal legislation impact on sustainable marine and coastal management.
  • Applying relevant marine and coastal legislation to various scenarios

 

MARD406/MARS421                      MARINE TOURISM AND COASTAL RECREATION             12

EVALUATION

Continuous Evaluation, 100% class mark – no formal examination.

CORE SYLLABUS

This module examines how marine tourism links people to one another and to the environment. 

  • Understanding of the marine tourism environment and its various elements (ecotourism, ethnic tourism, marine parks and protected areas, fisheries, sustainable development, tourism ethics and marine environmental education)
  • Marine tourism links people to one another and the marine environment

 

MARD407/422 MARINE AND COASTAL DEVELOPMENT MODULES AND PRACTICES       10

EVALUATION

Continuous Evaluation, 100% class mark – no formal examination.

CORE SYLLABUS

Principles and practices pertaining to the following are discussed:

  • Optimal land uses in marine dominationed environments
  • Optimal emissions into marine environments
  • Optimal extractions from marine environments
  • Integrating marine resource conservation into development planning (regional and local levels)

 

MARD408/432 MARINE AND COASTAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES AND PRACTICES    12

EVALUATION

Continuous Evaluation, 100% class mark – no formal examination.

CORE SYLLABUS

The module explores business opportunities in a marine context, focussing on principles such as viability of existing business ventures, business practice and procedures and knowledge required to develop and effectively carry out a variety of business tasks.

  • Marine business opportunities
  • Analyse and evaluate the viability of existing business ventures
  • A business numeracy principles and analytical procedures to make sound judgements and predictions in business projects
  • Apply basic economic, legal and business knowledge to develop and effectively carry out a variety of business tasks

 

MARD409/442          MARINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION                ...........       10

EVALUATION

Continuous Evaluation, 100% class mark – no formal examination.

CORE SYLLABUS

The purpose of this module is to introduce learners to the field of environmental education and to equip them with the relevant skills, knowledge and values to carry out environmental education projects and through this, to impact positively on the marine and maritime environment.

  • Marine and environmental education issues
  • Marine and environmental education learning programmes
  • Design materials to compliment a marine/ environment education programme
  • Conduct a marine/environmental education project with a group of learners
  • Evaluate a marine/environmental education project against identified criteria

Please refer to the Application Procedure page and the link below for application details

https://www.nmmu.ac.za/Apply/