Courses & Units



This unit is a 5 day short course and may be delivered multiple times in each semester.


On completion of this unit a student will be able to use an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) to maintain safety of navigation. ECDIS is a computer-based navigation information system that complies with International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations and is accepted as complying with the conventional paper charts required by regulation V/19 of the 1974 IMO Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention as amended. The unit will provide thorough knowledge, skill and understanding of ECDIS and electronic charts to the extent needed to safely navigate vessels. It should be understood that this is a generic course which requires a structured and complementary type specific ECDIS familiarization for each shipboard ECDIS system with which the navigating officer serves.

The unit will focus on the knowledge of the capability and limitations of the equipment as well as on the proficiency in operation, interpretation, and analysis of information obtained from ECDIS. The unit emphasises both the application and learning of ECDIS in a variety of underway contexts, it uses a dedicated approved ECDIS simulator to provide the student with the necessary operational skills.

The 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-11/1, A-II/2 of the STCW Code. The unit is aligned with the IMO Model Course 1.27 'Operational use of ECDIS' and meets the requirements for an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) ECDIS endorsement.


Unit name ECDIS
Unit code JVD228
Credit points 6.25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
Discipline Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Coordinator Captain Clarence Pietersz
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston AMC MT Main Block 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston AMC MT Main Block 3 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston AMC MT Post Block 4 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
AMC MT Main Block 3 12/6/2023 9/11/2023 10/11/2023 12/11/2023
AMC MT Main Block 1 30/1/2023 8/6/2023 9/6/2023 11/6/2023
AMC MT Post Block 4 13/11/2023 20/12/2023 23/12/2023 24/12/2023

* 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

  • Knowledge of the capability and limitations of ECDIS operations
  • Proficiency in operation, interpretation, and analysis of information obtained from ECDIS
  • Management of operational procedures, systems files, and data
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 $518.00 $518.00 not applicable $1,483.50

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AssessmentExamination (100%)|Practical set-up of ECDIS
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