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