Bachelor’s Degree in Military Studies with Specialisation in Management - Naval Power and Military Navigation

Program of study: 
Bachelor in military studies with specialisation in leadership – Seapower and Military Navigation
Level of study: 
Bachelor
Credits: 
180
Duration: 
6 semesters
Year: 
2021
Information

The bachelor's degree in military studies with specialisation in management - naval power and military navigation, combined with the necessary practical training, prepares officers for serving at the lower to middle levels of the Navy and the Armed Forces, in both wartime and peacetime command structures. The degree programme gives cadets a foundation for both civilian and military further education. In addition to military vocational training, which includes leadership and military power, the cadets receive nautical and operational expertise. Before one can take up a position on board vessels, one must complete the theoretical and the practical training required for the specific vessel type and position. The first semester of the degree programme is carried out at Heistadmoen and the Linderud. The rest of the programme is taken at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy.

The bachelor's degree in military studies with specialisation in management - naval power and military navigation is a degree-granting programme, where references in the education plan, course plans and activities are carried out to cover regulations given in the STCW Convention of 1978 with the Manilla Amendments of 2010 and FOR 2011-12-22 no. 1523 (https://lovdata.no/dokument/SF/forskrift/2011-12-22-1523) Regulations on Qualifications and Certificates for Seafarers. Subject to approval by the Norwegian Maritime Authority.

Expected learning outcome for the Bachelor’s Degree in Military Studies with Specialisation in Management - Naval Power and Military Navigation:

Knowledge

After completing and passing officer training, the cadet is able to:

  • describe the tasks assigned to the Navy today and the role of a naval officer 
  • describe the requirements imposed on an officer’s operational performance in the Navy  
  • explain the importance of communication and cultural understanding in military operations, as well as use English for giving commands with an emphasis on marine military terminology/maritime English 
  • update his/her knowledge of the role of an operational naval officer, both through information retrieval and contact with academic communities and practical experience
  • relate research and development work, new thinking and innovation in maritime subjects and military applications of those subject areas, and can update his/her knowledge of the technological developments within the naval defence combat arena. 
  • explain methods and techniques used in military navigation.
  • explain naval defence issues in order to be able to assume operational positions on board.
  • demonstrate broad knowledge of nautical topics that provide a holistic maritime perspective aimed at the Navy's requirements and the STCW Convention, as a basis for being awarded the maritime certificate of competency class 1 - deck officer (D1).
  • explain scientific subjects and methods as a basis for understanding the advanced technological systems that the Navy employs, as well as within technical communication exchanges with the specialists on board.
  • demonstrate basic knowledge in English with an emphasis on naval terminology (maritime English).
  • explain the operation, running and maintenance of the Navy vessels and knowledge of management related to this. Apply knowledge of current national and international rules and regulations for the operation and running of ships in general and the special characteristics of naval vessels.

Skills

After completing and passing officer training, the cadet is able to:

  • effectively make wise decisions in light of strategic, tactical, physical, technical, as well as legal and moral conditions. direct preparations for battle, take command in a combat environment and take care of his/her crew after battle. apply theoretical and practical skills for maintaining and increasing his/her own and the department’s operational performance. form and develop effective performance groups that are characterised by focusing on solving tasks as intended by a superior, strong cohesion and mutual trust and respect. 
  • select and apply theoretical and practical management tools, as well as reflect upon his/her leadership skills in order to anticipate, master and exploit changing conditions and situations. use introspection and be aware of personal behaviour, thought patterns and emotions in relation to and in interaction with others.
  • find, evaluate, use and refer to information and subject matter and present this so that it sheds light on a problem.
  • apply technical knowledge and work both independently and in teams  
  • contribute in relation to management and carrying out maritime operations
  • apply technical knowledge in order to be able to use the Navy's navigation and bridge equipment on board its vessels
  • reflect on one’s own professional practice and adjust this under supervision to exploit any potential in a vessel, crew, weather and surroundings to gain an advantage over the opposition.
  • apply knowledge and relevant results from research and development work to solve operational, theoretical, technical and practical issues within operational management on board and justify his/her choices.
  • apply relevant technical tools, techniques and tactics in physically and mentally demanding operations  
  • obtain, select, evaluate and present information on a relevant methodological basis, and discuss this so that it sheds light on a problem, both in writing and orally, in Norwegian and English
  • communicate effectively in Norwegian and English, in writing and orally, during exercises and naval military operations and assess cultural factors
  • use methods, simulators, school vessels and other tools that form the basis for navigating and operating the Navy's vessels safely and effectively. contribute to solving theoretical, technical and practical issues related to the running and operation of Navy vessels and master and use existing technology in the Navy

General competences

After completing and passing officer training, the cadet is able to:

  • show physical, mental and moral robustness and function over time in critical situations characterised by chaos and insecurity, including being able to inflict enemy losses. 
  • describe the legal, financial and environmental consequences of military operations and implement this knowledge through his/her work as an officer.
  • reflect on his/her own professional practice, also in teams and inter-disciplinary contexts, and is able to adapt this to actual work situations. 
  • contribute to the development of good practices by taking part in professional discussions in the subject area and share his/her knowledge and experiences with others.
  • explain the defence, environmental, health and economic consequences of products and solutions in nautical topics in the Navy and can put these in an ethical, tactical and life-long perspective.
  • share nautical and operational knowledge with different target groups both in writing and orally in Norwegian and English, and can contribute to highlighting the importance of technology and its consequences for its operational application on the vessel.
  • master a professional practice, also in teams and in an interdisciplinary context, and can adapt this to the current work situation.
  • contribute to the development of good practices by taking part in professional discussions in the subject area and share his/her knowledge and experiences with others.
  • contribute to new thinking, innovation, material, tactical development and new systems through participation in the development and realisation of sustainable products, tactics and/or solutions that are useful to the Armed Forces.
  • demonstrate sufficient knowledge and experience to be able to complete service-branch specialisation courses.