NAV2303 Navigation Systems 1

Course code: 
Course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Navigasjonssystemer 1
Program of study: 
Bachelor i militære studier
Level of study: 
Teaching semester: 
2023 Spring
Assessment semester: 
2023 Spring
Person in charge: 
Kåre Schiøtz
Henning Henry Sulen
Course content

The purpose of the course is to cover the Navy's requirements, and satisfy the requirements of STCW 1978 with amendments within navigation systems in the function navigation at the management level.

Rights to certification

STCW code tables:   A-III/1 and A-III/2

STCW function:  Navigation at the operational and management levels (F1)

  • The course plan meets the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, STCW 1978 with amendments.
  •  The course plan is based on the IMO model course 7.03 - Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch:
    • Chapter 1.1.3 Electronic systems of position fixing and navigation
    • Chapter 1.1.5 Compass - magnetic and gyro
    •  Chapter 1.1.6 Steering control systems
    • Chapter 1.2.5 Use of Information from navigational instruments for maintaining a safe navigational watch
      • Speed Measurement
      • Operational use of AIS
  • The course plan is based on the IMO model course 7.01 - Navigation at the Management Level
    • Chapter 1.2.1 Position determination in all conditions
    • Chapter 1.3.1 Principles of the magnetic compass and their correction
    • Chapter 1.3.2 Principles and errors of gyrocompasses
    • Chapter 1.3.3 System under the control of the master gyro and the operation and care of the main types of gyrocompass
  • The course plan meets the IMO module courses 1.27 ECDIS, 1.08 ARPA and 1.34 AIS

Academic content:

  • Geodesy (Kjerstad, Part 1, Chapter 1)
  • Magnetic compass (Kjerstad, Part 3, Chapter 2)
  • Gyrocompass (Kjerstad, Part 3, Chapter 3)
  • Land-based systems (Kjerstad, Part 1, Chapter 4)
  • Satellite-based systems (Kjerstad, Part 1, Chapter 3)
  • ECDIS (Navkomp, Compendium and Kjerstad Part 2, Chapters 7-9)
  • AIS (Navkomp, Compendium and Kjerstad Part 2, Chapter 6)
  • Radar theory segment of IMO 1.08 RADAR navigation, plotting and ARPA (Kjerstad, Part 2, Chapters 1-5)
Learning outcome


After completing the course, the cadet has:

  • basic knowledge of key topics, theories, issues, processes, tools and methods regarding navigation systems and navigation equipment
  • an understanding of the research and development work in the field of geodesy and navigation systems
  • the ability to update his/her knowledge within naviagtion systems
  • knowledge of the history, traditions, distinctive character and place in society of geodesy, navigation equipment and navigation systems
  • knowledge of and is familiar with the behaviour and limitations of traditional navigation aids such as the magnetic compass and gyrocompass
  • knowledge of radar theory that is important for the practical use of radar, and is familiar with various types of navigation radar, their advantages and limitations, and their practical use.
  • basic knowledge of the principles of land-based systems.
  • basic knowledge of satellite-based navigation systems, ECDIS and AIS.


After completing the course, the cadet is able to:

  • apply technical knowledge and relevant results from research and development work on practical and theoretical issues and make informed choices
  • reflect on one’s own professional practice and adjust this under supervision
  • find, evaluate and refer to information and subject matter and present this so that it sheds light on a problem.
  • master relevant professional tools and forms of expression
  • use navigation equipment and navigation systems

General competences

After completing the course, the cadet is able to:

  • have insight into relevant professional and work ethic issues
  • plan and carry out varied work tasks and projects that extend over time, alone and as part of a group, and in line with ethical requirements and guidelines
  • share key subject matter such as theories, problems and solutions in writing and orally as well as through other forms of expression
  • exchange views and experiences with others within the subject area and through this contribute to the development of good practice
  • be aware of new thinking and innovative processes
Working and learning activities

The course follows the lecture (F) and practical experience (Ø) classes on the schedule during teaching weeks on the academic calender for SKSK (UV weeks). The course runs for 15 weeks. The course has five F-classes on the schedule and should be organised in one 3-hour session and one 2-hour session. The course uses It’s Learning or Teams. There are tasks for each course topic.

The course is coordinated with the following courses and exercises: basic ECDIS and assistant courses, Sensor Systems, MPN 4, the Ryfylke and Blindleia exercises, the ARPA/AIS course and Watchkeeping and Vessel Control 1. The radar course should come as early as possible in the semester. The radar course topic is taken from the IMO module course 1.08 Radar, ARPA, CRM and the SAR course.

The Sensor Systems course covers the radar course curriculum in Kjerstad, Part 2, chapter 2.1-2.6 (radar structure) and 2.14 (radiation hazards). Sensor Systems also covers Kjerstad, Part 1, chapter 2.2: The basic concepts of electronics and radio technology.The ARPA/AIS course is combined and implemented as a module over one week with theory and simulator training. This course runs parallel with the MPN 4 Ryfylke exercise.

The basic part of the IMO module course 1.27 ECDIS is completed as a module in semester 2, followed by practical experience on board the school vessels (the Blindleia exercise) so that the cadets receive the necessary ECDIS training as early as possible in the course of their education. The remaining ECDIS instruction is completed in Navigation Systems 1.

Working methods

  • Classroom instruction: Theory review, review of assignments, cadets complete selected tasks, exercises
  • Internet: It’s Learning and/or Teams
  • Student lectures: The cadets give a short lecture on a course topic in the subject area
  • Tutorial classes: Cadets turn in assignments and receive guidance
  • Independent study: Working with theory, turning in assignments
  • Tasks
  • Teaching aboard the school vessels and lab exercises related to systems on the school vessels.
Sensor system

Examination is carried out according to the Regulations for Admission, Studies and Examinations (in Norwegian, “Forskrift om opptak, studier og eksamen”) at the Norwegian Defence University College.


The course plan has not yet been approved by the Norwegian Maritime Directorate

Additional information



    • Kjerstad: Elektroniske og akustiske navigasjonssystemer for maritime studier, 5. utgave, Fagbokforlaget ISBN: 978-82-450-1183-7
    • Teacher: Various compendiums
    • Teacher: Tasks (handed out by teacher)
    Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionOral examinationCommentSupported materials
    Muntlig eksamenIndividualca. 20MinutesA-F100%Not required
    Form of assessment:Muntlig eksamen
    Duration:ca. 20
    Type of duration:Minutes
    Grading scale:A-F
    Oral examination:Not required
    Supported materials:
    Henning Henry Sulen