Most countries of the world are dependent on international trade. Over 90% of trade volumes are carried through maritime means where cargos are moved from an origin to their destination using various transportation system called “multimodalism” or “through-transport”. A port, due to its strategic geographic location, becomes the converging point of the system, thus allowing it to play a major critical role in this integrated logistic chain.
In the era of globalisation and technological advances, ships are getting bigger and more sophisticated while logistic chains are becoming more complex. In response to this, port reception facilities are constantly transforming themselves to become more dynamic and efficient to cater to the demand of both the seaward as well as the landside movement of goods.
This programme will provide opportunities for students to thoroughly understand the role of port especially in the international trade and logistic chain as the ‘economic engine’ of development. This programme exposes the students to the different types of ports, its strategic geographical importance (natural, man-made, river estuary) and diversity of port operations due to different types of cargos – general cargo, bulk (dry and liquid) and containers.
This programme will focus on the strategic role of ports in the context of through-transport with respect to shipping – hub port, feeder/transhipment and intermodal interface. In addition, the programme will also deal with various ownership structure of port organisations and port services i.e. public, municipal, private, landlord or fully privatised ports. Students will also be exposed to the fundamental differences between various types of ships i.e. dry and liquid bulk, general-purpose ships, container ships, break-bulk, RORO, tankers and Ore carriers.
The programme is structured around the themes of the role of ports within international trade, shipping and logistics, managing harbour operations, managing port property, managing terminal operators, and related management knowledge and skills, before culminating in case studies or assignments which draw the various elements of the programme together.
Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Port Planning Management
Port Technology and Maintenance
Business Information Systems
Principles Of Management
Basic Financial Accounting
Human Resource Management
Principles Of Economics
Innovation Of Port Business
Port Operation Management
Port Marketing And Strategies
Cargo Operation Management
Port Channel Distribution Management
The Business Of Port
Port Security And Safety Management
Port Design And Engineering
Port Tourism Economy And Entrepreneurship
Law of Carriage of Goods by Sea
Economic Impact Of Container Port
Port Cargo Clearance Procedure
Environment Economics In Port Development
The programme is assessed through assignments, presentations, quiz, test (coursework), practical, projects, field exercises, other forms of classroom participation and written examination.
Key career skills: Business inclination, good communication skill, good report writing ability, problem-solving, presentation, project management, teamwork, decision making and willingness to learn.
2.5 year (7 semesters)
Pass in SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) or ‘O’ Levels with any three (3) credits or equivalent (minimum requirement).
Port organisation; Logistic Business; Warehousing; Distriparks; Freight Forwarding and Shipping Lines; Airports; Container shipping business; NVOCC and Cargo Consolidation business; Port ancillary services – mooring, tugs etc.; Shipping agencies, husbanding, candling etc.; Maritime related authorities.