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NAUT 1832 - Navigation Systems and Instruments

Ocean Navigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

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Course Details

This course builds up on Electronic Positioning Systems to provide students with the knowledge to correctly use shipboard electronic navigational aids and instruments for safe navigation. Students will study the operating principles, limitations, sources of errors, and methods of correcting errors on modern shipboard equipment. This course comprises of electronic navigational aids, and magnetic compass. The course hours are: 78 hours (Electronic); 42 hours (Magnetism); for a total of 120 hours.


Electronic Positioning Systems or equivalent. Copies of prerequisites are to be submitted to the course instructor on the first day of the course.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • List specific regulatory requirements for shipborne navigational equipment and systems.
  • Explain fundamentals of electromagnetic signal generation and transmission.
  • Explain global coordinate’s system data in use for electronic vessel position fixing.
  • Describe Loran-C systems.
  • Explain the correct operation of Loran-C system for navigation.
  • Describe the Global Navigation Satellite Systems.
  • Accurately use the Global Positioning System equipment for navigation.
  • Explain the principles of free gyroscope.
  • Describe accurately, the operation of gyro compasses.
  • Describe the operation of transmitting heading devices.
  • Describe heading control system, including rate of turn indicator.
  • Describe types of depth measuring equipment.
  • Explain the correct operation of depth sounder.
  • Describe types of speed and distance measuring devices.
  • Explain the correct operation of speed logs.
  • Describe Automatic Identification System (AIS).
  • Accurately operate the Automatic Identification System equipment.
  • Explain electronic charting along with voyage management system.
  • Assess the benefits of integrated bridge systems.
  • Describe the operations of different types of high-precision fixing systems.
  • Describe the operation of types of equipment that provide Dynamic Positioning Systems.
  • Determine accuracy of lines of position and fixes.
  • Explain the operational requirements for a voyage data recorder.
  • Describe operation of Transmitting Magnetic Heading Devices (TMHD).
  • Explain the requirements of radio communication equipment as per the Ship Station Radio Regulations and Ship Radio Technical Regulations.
  • Explain the magnetic elements of the earth’s field.
  • Describe the construction of a magnetic compass.
  • Identify vessel’s steel structure that affects the magnetic compass.
  • Explain other miscellaneous factors that affect the magnetic compass.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2015

Related Programs

NAUT 1832 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Transportation

  1. Chief Mate
    Part-time   Certificate
  2. Nautical Sciences
    Full-time/Cooperative Education   Diploma


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