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Electronic Positioning Systems ENAV 1030

Simulated Electronic Navigation Part-time Studies 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

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of ENAV 1030 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 47047


Fri Sep 16 - Fri Oct 07 (3 weeks)

  • 3 weeks
  • CRN 47047
  • $1800.48
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 16 - Oct 07 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:00 Marine BMC Rm. 240

Myles Alphonso

Course outline




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. NO CLASS SEP 30 DUE TO STAT.

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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