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Høst 2020

MFA-8010 Maritime HTO (Human-Technology-Organisation) and Innovation - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Science and Technology

Type of course

The course is compulsory for maritime Ph.D students, and may also be taken as a singular course.

Course contents

The course includes present and future maritime trends and challenges within the following dimensions;






Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester. Application code 9301.

Admission requirements

The course is compulsory for maritime Ph.D students, and may also be taken as a singular course.

Objective of the course


The candidate


The candidate can:


The candidate can:

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course consists of 4 condensed modules organised as seminars/workshops containing pre- course assignments, presentation and discussion of pre-assignments, lectures, workshop/group-work, laboratory exercises, industry presentations/visits.

The 4 modules are held at the 4 cooperating institutions which have designed the course: the University of South-Eastern Norway (campus Borre), the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (campus Haugesund), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (campus Ålesund) and UiT The Arctic University of Norway (campus Tromsø).

Each module is taught over 2-3 full-time workdays in a row.

The preparation instructions and the programme will be sent at the latest two weeks before each module.

All modules are mandatory, but up to 20% absence from the entire course is accepted.


The student will be given a final assignment to write a manuscript based on the module topics covered in the course and connected to their own PhD project.The assignment will be graded as ‘Passed’ or ‘Not Passed’.

Instructions for the final assignment:

Write a manuscript of 4-6000 words excluding references (Word count must be given), applying contents covered in the Maritime HTO-course to your own research project. The manuscript must be equivalent to an academic article in its depth and quality, and should be critical and reflective in nature.The manuscript shall have the following structure: 1) Introduction, describing the Ph.D. project (max 450 words). 2) Four main sections, connecting the four main coursedimensions, the human element, organization, innovation and technology to the project through presentation and discussion. 3) Conclusion, summing up the result of the main sections (max 450 words).

For each main section, the curriculum for each module shall be used. The student is expected to find additional research articles for references to support the link between the dimensions and the student’s project topic. In each section, the distribution between the HTO course curriculum and additional references is expected to be about 50/50. If the student finds one or more of the dimensions not to be relevant for the Ph.d. project, the student has to argue why.

Technical manuscript specifications: font: Arial, font size: 12, single space. Word count.

Re-sit exam:

In the event the final assignment receives the grade ‘Not Passed’, a re-sit exam will be offered. The student will then have to re-write the final assignment, correcting the issues pointed out by the external evaluators. The student will also have to write a separate short note explaining how and where each point raised by the evaluators has been addressed in the revised version of the final assignment.