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 table A-11/1 of the STCW Code and the Australian Maritime Training Package MARH009. The unit is aligned with the IMO Model Course 1.27 'Operational use of ECDIS' and meets the proficiency requirements of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for the endorsement of the certificate of competency of a Deck Officer.


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


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
AMC MT Main Block 3 13/6/2022 10/11/2022 11/11/2022 13/11/2022
AMC MT Main Block 1 31/1/2022 9/6/2022 10/6/2022 12/6/2022
AMC MT Post Block 4 14/11/2022 21/12/2022 24/12/2022 25/12/2022

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
031705 $501.00 $501.00 not applicable $1,413.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP

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