NAV3301 Military Construction, Stability and Buoyancy

Course code: 
Course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Militær konstruksjon, stabilitet og flyteevne
Program of study: 
Bachelor i militære studier
Level of study: 
Teaching semester: 
2022 Autumn
Assessment semester: 
2022 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Person in charge: 
Atle Johan Mølholm
Course content

The purpose of the course is to cover the Navy's requirements as well as satisfy the requirements of STCW 1978 with amendments within ship construction, stability, buoyancy and trim in the function so that the ship is at all times seaworthy. This is maintenance of controlling the operation of the ship at the operational and management levels.

Rights to certification

  • STCW code tables:   A-II/1, A-II/2 and B-I/12, item 7.1
  • STCW function: Controlling the operation of the ship at operational and management levels
  • 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 IMO module courses 7.03 and 7.01
Learning outcome


After completing the course, the cadet has:

  • an understanding of the basic principles of ship construction (civil and military)
  • knowledge of a vessel's seaworthiness (civil and military)
  • knowledge of the theories, principles and factors that influence a vessel's trim, stability and speed
  • knowledge of proper and safe ship handling
  • knowledge of national and international regulations and standards embodied in agreements and conventions designed to safeguard the safety of persons at sea and the protection of the marine environment.  
  • an understanding of research and development work in the subject area
  • the ability to update his/her knowledge within the subject area
  • knowledge of the subject area's history, traditions, distinctive character and place in society


After completing the course, the cadet has:

  • skills in using available data and tables on the vessel to ensure safe ship operation
  • skill in applying relevant international rules, codes and standards for safe operation of the ship
  • skills in establishing and maintaining effective communication with technical personnel in connection with the operation of the ship
  • skill in establishing procedures for safe handling of the ship in all conditions
  • the ability to reflect on his/her own professional practice and adjust this under supervision
  • the ability to find, evaluate and refer to information and subject matter and present this so that it sheds light on a problem

General competences

After completing the course, the cadet will:

  • be able to assess, plan and perform safe operation of the vessel with the ship’s design, stability, trim and buoyancy in mind
  • be able to assess a vessel's seaworthiness
  • be able to share key subject matter such as theories, problems and solutions in writing and orally as well as through other forms of expression
  • be able to exchange views and experiences with others within marine technology 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 15 weeks, with nine F and Ø classes per week. The classes should be organised in two 4-hour sessions, as well as a session where residual classes accumulate and are conducted in selected weeks. The teaching plan shows the course’s progression in the form of a weekly overview and course topics week by week. The course uses It’s Learning.

Working methods

  • Classroom instruction: Theory review, group work, calculation and review of exercises, cadets complete selected tasks
  • Tutorial classes: Cadets do calculation exercises and receive guidance
  • Independent study: Working with theory, calculation exercises and turning in assignments
  • Use of the school's towing tank. (model testing, heeling tests, shallow water effects.)
  • Use of relevant computer programmes in construction, loads, intact and damage/making water stability.
  • Use of film/video
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.

Additional information



    Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionOral examinationCommentSupported materials
    Skriftlig eksamenIndividual5HoursA-F 100 %Not required
    PraksisIndividual1SemestersPass / fail Not required
    Form of assessment:Skriftlig eksamen
    Type of duration:Hours
    Grading scale:A-F
    Proportion: 100 %
    Oral examination:Not required
    Supported materials:
    Form of assessment:Praksis
    Type of duration:Semesters
    Grading scale:Pass / fail
    Oral examination:Not required
    Supported materials:
    Approval signature: 
    Henning Sulen