Courses & Units

Weather Watchkeeping JND293


On completion of this unit, students will have the knowledge and skills to use meteorological instruments as a Deck Watch keeper for the safe navigation and operation of the vessel and be able to interpret and record the weather and apply it to watch keeping requirements. This unit also involves a basic understanding of the principles relating to the atmosphere, weather forecasting and interpretation of relevant weather data.
This unit builds on the knowledge gained in year 1. It meet the requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency set out by the current Maritime Training Package, STCW 2010 (Manila Amendments), and Table A -II/1 of the STCW code.


Unit name Weather Watchkeeping
Unit code JND293
Credit points 6.25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
Discipline Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Coordinator Captain Anand Ravi
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By
Level Intermediate


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


International students
Domestic students

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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

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and explain Earth’s atmosphere and meteorological conditions at sea.
  • Carry out and record weather observations as per required standards.
  • Understand the formation and types of ice and surface currents.
  • Understand the formation and weather associated with TRS systems and evasive actions.
  • Understand isobaric patterns, air masses and fronts.
  • Understand and interpret weather charts and forecasts.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$518.00 $518.00 not applicable $1,483.50

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Teaching Pattern

Blended delivery in the form of lectorials and online learning supplemented with consolidated face-to-face learning towards the end of the semester.

Students attending classes and students electing to study in flexible mode will follow the same class timetable. Total lecturing hours have not changed from the existing ones. Both categories of students will have access to the same resources through MyLO.

Lectorials Duration/ Frequency/Timetabling:

2 hrs / 1/ week for 11 weeks. Total Hrs 22.

AssessmentTerm Test (20%)|Final Exam (70%)|Quiz (10%)|Assignment
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All essential learning material will be provided through MyLO and any additional learning and reference material will be announced through MyLO as necessary. 

  1. Regs4ships – this is an updated, searchable, maritime regulation database that combines Flag State compliance documentation with IMO, ILO & EU legislation to provide an overall regulatory solution. Accessible through the following link in the UTAS Library


  1. Cornish, M., Ives. E., Reeds Maritime Meteorology (Reeds Professional -3rd Edition, 2006 available through UTAS Library as an eBook).

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