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Remotely Operated and Autonomous Vehicle Technologies JNB366


This unit introduces you to the autonomous and remotely operated airborne, seaborne and underwater vehicles used to support operations in the blue economy. The unit examines how the technologies driving industry 4.0 such as advanced materials, sensors and communication, robotics and automation are transforming blue economy operations; especially in remote and dangerous environments. In addition, the unit critically evaluates the use of vehicles such as maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and drones from technological, regulatory, social, environmental, business and ethical perspectives.


Unit name Remotely Operated and Autonomous Vehicle Technologies
Unit code JNB366
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
Discipline Maritime and Logistics Management
Coordinator Doctor Reza Emad
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • • Identify the capabilities, limitations and risks of technologies used in operating remotely controlled/autonomous vehicles.
  • • Apply remotely operated/autonomous vehicles (AUV, MASS, and drone) technologies for data collection, monitoring, and remote operations in the marine environment.
  • • Evaluate the use of remotely operated/autonomous vehicles in the marine environment from technological, regulatory, social, environmental, business and ethical perspectives.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
031700 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,967.00

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