Singapore Maritime Academy

Leader of maritime education and training with sophisticated laboratories and workshops

Diploma in Maritime Business (DMB) JAE Code: S74

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What You'll Study

First Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
LC0654 Communicating for Personal & Team Effectiveness
Aims to teach students how to speak, write and listen effectively, through the framework of text types as well as communication styles. Varieties of text types include formal and informal writing, such as emails, speeches and letters. Communication styles include an understanding of communication patterns in different cultures, as well as the student’s preferred way of communication.
30
LC8001 General Education 1
Aims to equip students with critical reasoning skills and provide them with opportunities to practise critical thinking through the exploration of contemporary social issues. It also provides a platform for students to learn the basics of arguments through the formal argumentation structure.
30
LC8002 General Education 2
Aims to equip students with the skills to critically analyse the elements of persuasion in narratives used in a variety of contexts to appreciate the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will also explore the history of discrimination in societies and craft their responses through their own narrative.
30
MA0059 Maritime Economics
This module aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the economic and commercial environment in which shipping operates. It will also provide students with knowledge of the factors that influence the supply and demand for ships and shipping services.
75
MA0083 Financial Accounting in Shipping
The module provide students with an understanding of the basic financial accounting concepts and practices in the shipping industry.
60
MA0103 Maritime Personnel Management
To provide students with
  • An understanding of the concept of management and why managers and organization are needed.
  • Knowledge of the various personnel management theories.
  • An understanding of the functions of personnel management in the maritime industry.
45
MA0110 Ship Operations
Trains students how to prepare, embark and launch survival crafts. Students will be taught the use of all survival equipment carried on board merchant navy ships. Additionally they will be provided with a basic knowledge of the construction of various types of merchant navy vessels.
60
MA0112 Logistics Management
Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the physical and other components of transport systems, an understanding of the significance of freight transport in a modern economy and the application of intermodal concepts. They will be able to analyse the employment, organisational and institutional structures in the freight transport industry in Singapore. They will be able to appreciate the value of a logistics approach to delivery of goods.
60
MA0113 Port Operations
This module provides students with an overview of ports, their purposes, types and simple layout. It also provides knowledge on basic operations, port terminology and management of ports in general. It aims to give students a good grounding for module MA 0116 (Port Management) which will be taught in Year 2 of the DMB course.
60
MA0119 Bunkering Practices
Provides students with an understanding of how to deal with bunker suppliers and bunker brokers, checking quality and quantity of bunker supplies, local and international regulations relating to bunkering practices and choice of bunkering port as part of voyage planning.
45
MA0125 Introduction to Maritime Industry
This module aims to prepare students with skills and knowledge for the multi-faceted sectors of the maritime industry. It aims to enhance students’ knowledge and skills to enable them to work on shipping projects and gain better understanding of the industry.
60
MA1108 Marine Engineering Knowledge
This module is designed to provide students with an introduction to ship's systems and operations. It will familiarise them with the principles of propulsion machinery and working of various shipboard auxiliaries and systems. The module is also designed to provide the students the necessary marine engineering knowledge and skills so as to enable them to work as junior executives in a ship management company.
45
MS7123 Statistics for Shipping Business I
This course adopts a practical approach with emphasis in handling and interpreting data. Topics covered include organisation of data, graphs, central tendency, variability, correlation and regression, price indices, empirical probability and discrete distributions. A statistical package would be used to handle the many real-life data used.
60
MS7523 I.T. for Shipping Business
This module provides the basic concepts of software applications in presentation, word processing, electronic spreadsheet, and database management. Equipped with these fundamentals, students will then be able to apply the practical skills in industrial standard application software and explore other aspects of information technology. This module will enhance the students’ communication skills and inter-personal skills with the appropriate use of IT tools. It will also develop students’ self-directed learning using a range of sources and tools, both online and offline.
60
SP101A Education and Career Guidance 1
A compulsory module for all first year students, ECG 1 aims to develop an understanding of personal interests, strengths, values and life goals. With greater knowledge and understanding of self, planning and decision making in choosing a future career can be better developed. Some topics covered in ECG 1 include ‘Defining My SP Life’, ‘Personal Branding’, ‘Discovering My Interests’, ‘Planning for Success – My Personal Action Plan’ and more.
15

Second Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
LC0658 Communicating for Project Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with communication skills for work. Students will learn how to write effective job application letters, and resumes, be successful at interviews, and write effective business correspondence and make and receive telephone calls professionally.
30
LC8003 or LC8006 Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project
Aims to equip students with the Design Thinking mindset, methods and tools to conceptualise innovative solutions for real life problems. Students will explore a social cause, go through the practical rigour of the Design Thinking process and apply suitable tools to fulfil the objectives of the project. Students will also be exposed to trends and issues related to themes, such as Healthcare, Active Ageing, Environment, and Social Integration. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of themselves and the world, as well as the positive impact they can make.
30
MA0079 Internship Programme
During this phase students will be attached to a relevant maritime related / logistics organisation. They will be expected to put into practice the knowledge and skills that they have acquired in the Polytechnic. Their progress will be closely monitored by the in house company supervisor and also by a liaison officer (staff of the Polytechnic). During this period they are expected to complete their Project Log Book.
MA0090 Financial Mgmt in Shipping
This module teaches students the concepts of financial management that can be applied to shipping companies. It will provide students with the knowledge & understanding of the financial tools and techniques used for/in shipping operations and investments.
60
MA0114 Port Agency
Provides students with an understanding of the different types of port agencies and a port agent’s role, with particular reference to operations in Singapore. Topics include ship documentation, cargo documentation, disbursements and office organisation.
45
MA0115 Law of Carriage of Goods by Sea
Provides students with an understanding of the law relating to the carriage of goods by sea and its underlying principles. Topics include sources and application of law, basic features of the Singapore legal system, and general principles of the law of contract relating to shipping, agency law, different types of tortuous liability relating to shipping, basic features and main legal aspects of the different charter parties and bills of lading and carriage of goods by sea acts.
60
MA0116 Port Management
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the concepts of port management. Students will be provided with basic knowledge and understanding of efficient planning, and organisation of resources in a modern container port to achieve optimum performance with particular reference to the Port of Singapore.
60
MS7223 Statistics for Shipping Business II
This course adopts a practical approach with emphasis in handling and interpreting data. Topics covered include organisation of data, graphs, central tendency, variability, correlation and regression, price indices, empirical probability and discrete distributions. A statistical package would be used to handle the many real-life data used.
60
SP201A Education and Career Guidance 2
ECG 2 is taken by all second year students. This module aims to develop professional skills necessary to seek and secure work. It also guides the students on how to discover and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for work effectiveness and changes related to work. Topics covered in this module include ‘Job Search and Market Trends’, ‘Discovering Your Unique Selling Point’, ‘Resilience’, ‘Work Place Values’ and more.
30

Third Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
LC0656 Communicating for Project Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with skills in effective communication, teamwork and interpersonal communication, and report writing.
30
LC0657 Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the essential communication and interpersonal skills necessary for work and the pursuit of further studies.
30
LC8004 General Education 3
Aims to enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of social, political and economic issues. Students will learn about the importance and relevance of information literacy skills as well as develop their ability to assess the validity and reliability of information from different sources, consider diverse perspectives, and put forward a convincing point of view.
30
MA003 Project (Year Long)

Project work is to inculcate in the student the ability to work independently. It develops in the student the ability to conduct research on his or her own and/or to solve problems on a topic or area of interest that is relevant to the student's course of study. The maritime field being very wide, this project work module is expected to provide the students with the opportunities to select subject areas of their interest.

It will also involve the group in a learning experience where members of the group observe and analyse the behaviour of their group and/or each other in carrying out an exercise and also to interact with each other or work as a team.

This is a module where various threads of the DMTM program are tied together, and a new dimension is added to the interaction between the participants and various members of the DMT faculty.

30
MA0093 Marketing of Shipping Services
This module provides students with a basic knowledge of marketing, its role and the its application in the shipping industry, with particular emphasis on the characteristics of shipping services, and their marketing implications for strategy development and implementation.
60
MA0105 Ship Management
To provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the business of ship management, local and international regulations, voyage estimating and the general planning and operational functions of a ship manager. Students will also be taught how to use relevant software application programmes.
60
MA0117 Supply Chain Management
This module teaches students how supply chain management and distribution channels play an integral role in a firm's marketing strategy. It will provide students with the concept of supply chain management and the types of channel structures. The factors that influence channel designs, development, and performance as well as role of logistics in supply chain management will also be discussed.
75
MA0118 HSSE Management
Health Safety Security and Environmental Management (HSSE) Students will be given an appreciation on the need for HSSE Management on board ships. Topics covered in the module include knowledge of the key elements of a ship’s quality assurance, health, safety and security management system as required per the ISM code and the ISPS codes, international legislation on minimising and threat of pollution at sea, and risk assessment in formulating all safety procedures.
45
MA0120 Marine Insurance
Provides students with an understanding of marine insurance and how different aspects of marine insurance play a role in shipping. Topics covered include functions of marine insurance in shipping, organisations of insurance market and companies, Institute Clauses and Common covers for ships, General Average claims, P & I Club, and marine pollution protection schemes.
45
MA0121 Maritime Offshore Operations
Provides students with an overview of the offshore industry and related operations. Emphasis will be placed on the types of offshore vessels and their operations including seismic survey, oil exploration and pipe laying methods, a typical organisational structure of offshore management company, basic training requirements of offshore personnel and international organisations influencing the offshore industry e.g. OPITO.
30
MA0122 Electronic Commerce
Provides students with the basic concepts, implementation and operation of information systems development, with particular reference to information systems used in the shipping and transportation business. GMDSS, VTIS, Portnet, Tradenet and other workflow systems will be covered in this module.
90
MA0123 Maritime Law
-To provide students with knowledge on the Principles of Law in order to enable them make decisions in the work place and avoid legal pitfalls. -To expose students to a wide range of specialist application of marine law in owning, managing and servicing of ships. -To enhance an understanding and application of the maritime law affecting the various aspects of work of those engaged in the shipping business.
45
MA0124 Ship Brokering & Chartering
Provides students with knowledge and an understanding of the ship broking and chartering markets. In this regard it covers all aspects of standard contracts used for the sale and purchase and chartering of ships including ship valuation, laytime calculation, shipping finance and common disputes that occur in chartering and the sale of vessels.
90

 

Please note: Course structure subjected to change.

 

The course has taught me a lot about shipping and more, and given me broad-based knowledge of business mangement. Also, there is a lot of assorted equipment to experiment with. It is really sophisticated!

Third-year student Cheong Leong Keat