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ENAV 1030 - Electronic Positioning Systems

Simulated Electronic Navigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

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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)





Winter 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2021 term.

CRN 87909

Thu Jan 28 - Thu Feb 18 3 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 28 - Feb 18 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:00 Online Delivery
See Notes below



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. COURSE MOSTLY ONLINE WITH 2 DAYS ONSITE AT BMC (BMC DATES: FEB 5 OR 8 IN ROOM 240. DATES TO BE CONFIRMED BY INSTRUCTOR CLOSER TO THE COURSE DATE) (BMC DATES: FEB 18 FOR FINAL EXAM IN ROOM 110). No class Mon Feb 15/21 (stat holiday) Prerequisites: Navigation Safety 1 (NS 1) and Chartwork and Pilotage 2 (C&P 2). ORIGINAL and COPIES of prerequisites must be submitted to the instructor on the first day of the course. Required equipment to be obtained by students: marine chart dividers, parallel rulers or triangles. Also required are pens, pencils, erasers, calculators and notebooks. Plotting sheets will be mailed to students (to work from home) at the address we have on file.

This section is only available for registration starting Wed, Oct 28 at 9:00 am (PDT)

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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

ENAV 1030 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Transportation

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


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