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Astro Navigation 2 NAUT 1826

Ocean Navigation Part-time Studies Course

Course details

This course provides students with a means to navigate a vessel by terrestrial and celestial methods. The course contents include shape of the earth and the graticule system; plane sailing; parallel sailing; Mercator and great circle sailing; determining a vessel's position by using celestial bodies; and theory and practice of sextant. It is strongly recommended that students should review algebraic and trigonometric functions prior to taking this course.

Prerequisite(s)

  • No prerequisites are required for this course.

Credits

20.0

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of earth shape used for marine navigation.
  • Calculate the arrival and departure position, and determine course and distance using plane, parallel, and Mercator sailing.
  • Solve spherical triangles.
  • Calculate the course and distance between two points (places) using great circle sailing.
  • Describe composite great circle sailing.
  • Explain the solar system and celestial bodies useful for navigation.
  • Describe the celestial sphere and celestial bodies.
  • Define the equation of time.
  • Obtain celestial information using the Nautical Almanac.
  • Calculate azimuth and amplitude bearings of celestial bodies and to determine compass error.
  • Demonstrate proper use of the marine sextant.
  • Calculate the latitude and position line using latitude and meridian altitude method.
  • Calculate the longitude and position line by longitude by chronometer.
  • Calculate intercept using the Marc St. Hilaire method.
  • Transfer calculated position lines to obtain vessel's position.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2012

Related Programs

Astro Navigation 2 (NAUT 1826) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Transportation

  1. Chief Mate
    Certificate Part-time
  2. Watchkeeping Mate Near Coastal (WKMNC)
    Certificate Part-time

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