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A New Paradigm of Collaboration in Maritime Teaching and Learning

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ivan CK TamORCiD, Philip Wong


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An offshore campus was set up by the School of Marine Science and Technology, Newcastle University in Singapore 2009. Three maritime technology programmes are delivered with approximately 80 students taking into the courses annually. The programmes are supported by adjunct members of staff who are mostly lecturers from local polytechnics. This paper studies and reports a particular collaboration of three members of staff in the programme. The lecture and tutorial are supplemented by practical lessons and report writing. The university teaching programme is enriched with the provision and sharing of laboratory facility by the polytechnic. The model of collaboration found to be valuable to polytechnics and the university. Members of polytechnic staff are provided an insight of the operation and curriculum of a british university. Many polytechnic graduates will continue their study in these programmes. The university gains benefit from the support of a ready pool of selected specialists with excellent knowledge in maritime education and a wealth of experience in maritime industry. The collaboration leads to enhanced student experience with the support of three teaching staff of different background and strength. The results in assessment and feedback are the key performance index used to gauge the success of collaboration. Results achieved in the UK campus are used as a baseline for the study. Excellent performance by the students in Singapore is found when it is compared with the best practise. The model of teaching collaboration is expected to achieve a 50% contribution by adjunct staff to the Singapore programmes by 2015.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tam ICK, Tin AW, Wong PP

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: In Press

Conference Name: International Conference on the Education and Professional Development of Engineers in the Maritime Industry

Year of Conference: 2013

Publisher: The Royal Institution of Naval Architects


Sponsor(s): IMarEST International Paint Ngee Ann Polytechnic Centre of Innovation