Course Title: Shipping Business Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Shipping Business Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021


City Campus


665H Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain


Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Thuy Nguyen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2270

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to operate and manage shipping business. You will learn about the complex organisation and structure of the shipping industry and its different corporations and institutions. Shipping as a facilitative role in global trade and supply chains along with the associated shipping processes will be examined. You will also be introduced to the developments that have shaped shipping structures in order to understand the characteristics of the challenges and opportunities.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the role of shipping in international trade and global supply chains.
  2. Evaluate and discuss the regulatory context within which shipping business operates.
  3. Critically examine the identity and role of different stakeholders in shipping operations.
  4. Identify and discuss the different challenges involved in international shipping business and operations management.
  5. Examine and discuss the processes involved in international shipping operations.
  6. Analyse and explain the organisation and structure of international shipping business.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is designed on the principles interactive, learner-centred co-creation of knowledge. It also aims to create a balance between in-depth academic and extensive field knowledge of shipping operations and business. The course will involve a series of weekly lectures and breakout seminars, involving group discussions and presentations. The learning process will be facilitated through various in-class and online activities including case study analysis, literature reviews and guest lectures.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 30% 
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5

Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4, 6

Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked CLOs: 3, 4, 5, 6

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.