Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2019/2020
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on COMMAND AND MANAGEMENT OF A MARINE VESSEL
Disciplinary sector: 
LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - ENGLISH (L-LIN/12)
Language: 
English
Credits: 
6
Year of study: 
1
Cycle: 
Annualita' Singola
Hours of front activity: 
48

Language

English

Course description

In the attempt to address students' current job-oriented needs, the course focuses jointly on the development of linguistic skills and academic and professional knowledge. Therefore, the course will try to provide students with a thorough training that is specific to their degree course and their future careers, with great emphasis on the specialised lexis and phraseology.

Communicative objectives:
- Giving and asking for information;
- Expressing opinions and providing arguments to support them;
- Familiarizing with learning techniques to extrapolate, analyze and discuss a specific text with sufficient autonomy, capturing the general meaning and / or the information required (skimming and scanning, paraphrasing, matching, summary, structuring an answer, etc.).
- Understanding written and oral texts related to the course, extracting the most relevant information;
- Understanding and discussing phenomena, and international laws and regulations specific to their sector;
- Understanding and applying methods, techniques and procedures concerning the fields of navigation law, marine engineering (propulsion systems and naval plants), meteorology and oceanography;
- Understanding and employing complex equipment to steer ships, operating the different systems onboard.

Prerequisites

English language, B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Syllabus

The course focuses on the specific scientific field relating to Ship Operations Management, with the aim of enabling students to use the English language and a specific lexicon autonomously, providing them with strategies to understand texts inherent to their specialization and professional profile (both as a Deck Officer and Engineer Officer). Students attending this course are expected to achieve an intermediate level of the Common European Framework of Reference (having at least a B1 entry level).
In the attempt to address students' current job-oriented needs, the course focuses jointly on the development of linguistic skills and academic and professional knowledge. Therefore, the course will try to provide students with a thorough training that is specific to their degree course and their future careers, with great emphasis on the specialised lexis and phraseology.
Among the main aims of the course:
- giving and asking for information;
- expressing opinions and providing arguments to support them;
- familiarizing with learning techniques to extrapolate, analyze and discuss a specific text with sufficient autonomy, capturing the general meaning and / or the information required (skimming and scanning, paraphrasing, matching, summary, structuring an answer, etc.).
- understanding written and oral texts related to the course, extracting the most relevant information;
- understanding and discussing phenomena, and international laws and regulations specific to their sector;
- understanding and applying methods, techniques and procedures concerning the fields of navigation law, marine engineering (propulsion systems and naval plants), meteorology and oceanography;
- understanding and employing complex equipment to steer ships, operating the different systems onboard.
The methods adopted during teaching hours include: frontal, interactive lessons and practice exercises in English with the use of reference texts and additional materials for the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Autonomous learning will be encouraged, while concentrating, during class hours, on the practice and appropriation of linguistic and discursive structures, in an active and collaborative context.
Final exam
Students’ skills and knowledge will be assessed through a written final exam concerning the contents of the course.

The course focuses on the specific scientific field relating to Ship Operations Management, with the aim of enabling students to use the English language and a specific lexicon autonomously, providing them with strategies to understand texts inherent to their specialization and professional profile (both as a Deck Officer and Engineer Officer). Students attending this course are expected to achieve an intermediate level of the Common European Framework of Reference.
In the attempt to address students' current job-oriented needs, the course focuses jointly on the development of linguistic skills and academic and professional knowledge. Therefore, the course will try to provide students with a thorough training that is specific to their degree course and their future careers, with great emphasis on the specialised lexis and phraseology.

Teaching Methods

Frontal, interactive lessons and practice exercises in English with the use of reference texts and additional materials for the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Autonomous learning will be encouraged, while concentrating, during class hours, on the practice and appropriation of linguistic and discursive structures, in an active and collaborative context.

Textbooks

- Taylor J., Goodwell J., 2011, Navy – Career Paths, Express Publishing (ISBN 978 1780 984575).
- Abis G., Davies S., 2013, Get On Board, Coedizione David Bell Publishing - Gruppo editoriale Il capitello (ISBN 9788842671169).
-Additional materials will be provided during the course.

Learning assessment

Written final exam concerning the contents of the course, with a possible, additional oral test.
The written exam may include: multiple-choice questions, open questions, true/false statements, fill in the gaps, vocabulary.

More information

Further details on the macro-topics and the number of hours allocated for each of them are specified below:
- deck/engine officers, professional profiles, functions and operations (4h);
- the ship structure, inspection reports and maintenance requests (4h);
- the International Code of Signals, IMO, visual and radio communication systems (4h);
- nautical directions, maritime systems for ship safety (4h);
- navigational aids and instruments (the gyrocompass, the radar system, the echo sounder and sonar system, the GPS system) (6h);
- ship systems (4);
- weather, warnings, tides, currents, the Beaufort scale (2h)
- Maritime English and Standard Marine Communication Phrases (12h);
- the steam engine plant (2h);
- heat energy and heat engines (2h);
- the COLREGs (2h);
- the SOLAS (2h).