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Electronic Positioning Systems ENAV 1030

Simulated Electronic Navigation Course

Course details

This course provides students with the basic knowledge of the principles, application and limitations of modern electronic navigational aids.


  • Navigation Safety 1 (NS 1) and Chartwork and Pilotage 2 (C&P 2)





Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of ENAV 1030 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 86407


Wed Feb 01 - Wed Feb 22 (3 weeks)

  • 3 weeks
  • CRN 86407
  • $1800.48
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Feb 01 - Feb 22 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:00 Marine BMC


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. COPIES of prerequisites must be submitted to the instructor on the first day of the course. Please refer to prerequisite section of course webpage for details. Required equipment to be obtained by students: marine chart dividers, parallel rulers or triangles. Also required are pens, pencils, erasers, calculators and notebooks. NOTE: No class Mon Feb 20 as Stat Holiday

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the use of radio waves in navigation systems.
  • Describe a hyperbolic positioning system.
  • Describe the operational principles of global navigation satellite systems, such as the GPS, GLONASS, and GALILEO.
  • Describe the operational principles of shore-based augmentation systems, such as the differential GPS.
  • Describe the operational principles of echo sounder systems (electronic depth sounding systems).
  • Describe the operational principles of electronic speed and distance measurement systems.
  • Describe the operational principles of an AIS (Automatic Identification System).
  • Describe the operational principles of a VDR (Voyage Data Recorder).
  • Describe the theory of magnetism as applied to ferromagnetic materials.
  • Describe the effects of the earth’s magnetic field, and the ship’s magnetic field, on the compass needle.
  • Describe the principles and operation of the gyrocompass.
  • Explain the principles and operation of fluxgate compasses, and transmitting magnetic compasses.
  • Describe the principles and operation of an automatic pilot system (automatic steering system).
  • Describe the theory and operation of marine radar systems.
  • Describe the operational principles of Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA).

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2019

Related Programs

Electronic Positioning Systems (ENAV 1030) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Transportation

  1. Nautical Sciences
    Diploma Full-time
  2. Watchkeeping Mate Near Coastal (WKMNC)
    Certificate Part-time


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