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ET 452 - Curriculum Development

Comparing Curriculums

Maritime Academies
This is a link to maritime academies in the US and Canada. You can compare course offerings by program.

Peterson's College Search
Find colleges by programs offered, go to their websites and compare the curriculums.

MMA Course catalogs dating from the mid 1980s to the present are kept behind the circulation desk. The current version is also available online.


Curriculum Development and Standards

ERIC contains abstracts and in some cases the full text of articles having to do with education. A search on the phrase marine engineering brings up a couple of articles. A search on engineering education brings up many. For full text access, or to order, see find full-text journals.

Library Catalog - For books on curriculum development and standards within your program, search any of the phrases below as subject terms. You may narrow the results to publication date by clicking "Limit/Sort Search" and specifying a date range. You can also click Search MaineCat to order books from Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, UNE, UMO, USM, etc. using the six digit number on the back of your student ID. Mainecat books arrive on Tuesdays and Thursdays and you will be notified with an email.

Some subject terms to search are:

To look for materials out of state, from the library home page click "other catalogs to search" and then WorldCat. Search using the same subject terms, print out the first page of bibliographic (citation) information, write your email address on it, and bring it to the front desk. It takes about a week and you will be notified when the material arrives.

Web Searching

Google Scholar

  1. Type education curriculum standards in the "with all the words" bar.
  2. Type power engineering or marine engineering or another term that describes your program in the "exact phrase" bar.

This search brings up research reports and articles. For reports not available in full text, print out the bibliographic information, write your email address on it, and leave it at the front desk. Allow 7-10 days.

Google Advanced

  1. Type education curriculum standards in the "with all the words" bar.
  2. Type power engineering or marine engineering or another term that describes your program in the "exact phrase" bar.
  3. Domain - "Only return results from the site or domain" - org (or try edu)

This search brings up standards from the US, England, Australia, and other countries. You'll have to weed through the results, but it is possible to compare international programs and standards.

Should you use that website? Here's how to evaluate it.


Standardization of Power Engineer's Examination Committee
SOPEEC’s mandate is to encourage and promote a uniform national standard of qualification, examination and certification for Power Engineering that will meet the needs of industry and safety.

International Association of Maritime Universities
IAMU was founded by seven universities representing the five continents of the world (Representative Universities) in November, 1999, with a shared recognition of the significance of maritime education and training in the rapid globalization of the international shipping arena.

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
SNAME is dedicated to advancing the art, science and practice of naval architececture. There is brief information addressing criteria for naval architecture and marine engineering programs.


Industry and Job Overviews

Journal Articles and Reports
The following databases are all accessible off campus. See the databases by subject page for information on how to configure proxy settings. What the library doesn't own can be ordered. Allow at least a week.

TRIS - Here's a sample search but mix it up any way you want. Try different words.

  1. (maritime or marine) in the first box
  2. engineer* in the second box
  3. curricul* in the third box

The asterisk, and this works in most databases, stands for any number of letters after the last letter typed. Use parentheses and the word or to combine similar concepts or like terms. It saves the work of doing several searches.

IMO Current Awareness Bulletin

This must be searched month by month. Click Go! next to the month you want. Now, click Maritime Training in the left hand column. No full text, but we own many of the journals indexed. To see if we own the journal, search it by title in the library catalog. Current issues will be upstairs (usually the past three months) and older copies are filed alphabetically in the basement.

Other databases to try are listed under the Engineering or Marine Transportation categories on the databases by subject page.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Ref HF 5382.5.U5 O23 2004/05
Provides overviews of different industries and jobs and the skills required to meet the demands of the profession. In the upper right search bar, type one of the three choices.

  1. engineer* and marine
  2. engineer* and power
  3. water transportation occupations


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