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Christopher S. Fowler
GEOG 449
Seattle Campus

Geography of Ocean Transportation

Geographic analysis of ocean trade routes, cargo and passenger flows, and port activities. Evaluation of the role of the transportation carrier in international trade.

Class description

This class will focus on training students to apply a geographer's skills to the analysis of problems in ocean transport. In addition to a theoretical understanding of networks, competitive dynamics, and variations in law and policy this course will provide hands on experience preparing and executing real-world analyses.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, class discussion, labs

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites are necessary for this class and no experience with software is required. However, students will be using Excel, ArcGIS, and possibly other analysis tools in the completion of lab assignments.

Class assignments and grading

The assignments will be drawn from problems presented to the professor in his own experience as a port consultant. Students will be expected to analyze problems quantitatively in a short period of time and prepare concise (2-3 page) reports summarizing their findings.

Partiicpation, 4 small projects, Short answer Final exam.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Christopher S. Fowler
Date: 06/13/2005