Courses & Units

Advanced Marine Navigation JND321


In this unit, students will apply the concepts and principles underlying various methods of position fixing, and passage planning, and evaluate the quality of position fixes. The unit further encompasses the study of different models of the shape of the earth, the understanding of nautical astronomy, using the information to predict tidal heights and times and in-depth study of navigational errors and limitations of the ship's compass equipment. The unit also provides senior deck officers with theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to determine the optimal route for a voyage with respect to meteorological factors and the associated sea state. After completing this unit, students will be able to analyse navigational methods, forecast weather and sea conditions, and formulate reasoned questions concerning environmental and climatic issues. It builds on the knowledge and proficiency attained in the units Marine Navigation and Weather watchkeeping in the second year of studies. This unit meets the requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency set out by the current Maritime Training Package, the STCW 2010 (Manila Amendments) and Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code.


Unit name Advanced Marine Navigation
Unit code JND321
Credit points 12.5
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 University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* 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 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Manage safe navigation of the vessel by the interpretation and analysis of weather forecasts, tidal predictions, and oceanographic conditions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of offshore position fixing to ensure the safety of navigation
  • Analyse navigational accuracies by discovering different types of error to ensure that the ship remains within predetermined acceptable safe limits to assist command decision-making.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the high latitude navigation and assess limitations to ensure the safety of navigation.
  • Demonstrate understanding of differences of compasses and associated errors to ensure the safety of navigation.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
031705 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $3,115.00

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Teaching Pattern

Blended delivery in the form of lectures and online learning supplemented with consolidated face to face learning and practical training in simulated ship environment towards the end of the semester

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

Lectures Duration / Frequency / Time tabling

5 hrs / 1/ week / for 10 weeks

Total Hrs 50

Tutorial Duration / Frequency / Time tabling

2hrs / 1/ week for 10 weeksTotal Hrs 20

AssessmentMyLO based Quiz (10%)|Presentation (10%)|Term Test (20%)|Final examination (60%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



All essential learning material will be provided through MyLO and any additional learning and reference material will be announced through MyLO as necessary.
1. Nautical Almanac 2004 (All necessary extracts are provided on MyLO but can also be borrowed from the UTAS/HMC library)
2. Norie’s Nautical tables 1994/2007 (All necessary extracts are provided on MyLO but can also be borrowed from the UTAS/HMC library)


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:
2. Celestial Navigation in a Nutshell by Hewitt Schlereth. (available in UTAS library as an e-book)
3. Practical navigation for officers of the watch / by A. Frost (available in UTAS library as hardcopy)
4. Practical navigation by H. Subramaniam (available in UTAS library as hardcopy)
5. Marine navigation and safety of sea transportation/editor, Adam Weintrit
6. Guidelines for ships operating in polar waters 2009

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