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ENAV 3105 - Electronic Chart Display and Information System

Simulated Electronic Navigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge, skills, and a thorough understanding of the ECDIS, in order to safely navigate vessels whose primary means of navigation is the ECDIS. This course covers the requirements of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers Convention (STCW1978), as amended by the 2010 Manila Amendments (STCW2010). The course content is as per Transport Canada’s TP 4958E and IMO model course 1.27. Students will be trained and assessed using ECDIS and other associated navigational equipment in a simulated environment. Students will perform exercises in setting-up the ECDIS display best-suited for the area of navigation, perform basic navigation functions in accordance with the Collision Regulations, create, check, and monitor routes, and take proper and effective action when dealing with equipment failures and malfunctions. Those planning to enter the course should be proficient in nautical chartwork, and be familiar with visual navigation and bridge watchkeeping duties, including the operation of the Radar and ARPA. Students should also be familiar with Windows-based personal computing operating systems, using keyboards, mice, and trackballs.


Chartwork and Pilotage 2 (C&P 2) and Electronic Positioning Systems (EPS) or equivalent Simulated Electronic Navigation 1 - (SEN 1 A/B)





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 89641

Thu Feb 03 - Fri Feb 11 1 Week

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Feb 03 - Feb 11 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:00 BMC BMC Rm. 240


Myles Alphonso

Course Outline




  1. IMPORTANT NOTE: CLASS WILL BE HELD AT THE BCIT MARINE CAMPUS IN NORTH VANCOUVER, IN ROOM 240. ORIGINALS and COPIES of prerequisites must be submitted to the instructor on the first day of the course. Student manual provided in class. Note: For the issuance of Transport Canada Training certificates by the school, a Transport Canada, Candidate Document Number (CDN#) will be required. Contact Transport Canada for further information.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Operate the ECDIS equipment, use the navigational functions of ECDIS, select and assess all relevant information, and take proper action in the case of malfunction.
  • State the potential errors of displayed data, and errors of interpretation.
  • Distinguish between ENC’s and RNC’s, and other types of electronic charts.
  • Explain how the ECDIS meets SOLAS chart carriage requirements.
  • State the requirements of the ECDIS as per IMO’s Performance Standards for ECDIS.
  • Assess the quality and accuracy of chart data, and extract relevant chart information.
  • Describe the performance limits of sensors, and their impact on the ECDIS.
  • Manage and update chart data.
  • Perform route planning and monitoring.
  • Manage ECDIS-related alarms, indications, and warnings.
  • Manage the display of AIS and ARPA targets, and the radar overlay.
  • Manually fix the vessel’s position.
  • Explain why ECDIS should not be relied upon as the sole reliable aid to navigation..

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

ENAV 3105 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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