Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on COMMAND AND MANAGEMENT OF A MARINE VESSEL
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First Semester
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Course description

The course aims to provide students with the theoretical and application aspects for understanding radio navigation systems, in particular:
- a broad and comprehensive vision of navigation systems;
- a clear understanding of the techniques and methods used in navigation;
- knowledge of the concept of navigation with particular reference to all currently used technologies;
- a solid basis for possible continuation of academic studies.

Knowledge and understanding: The student must demonstrate knowledge related to radio navigation.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: The student must demonstrate knowing how to use the acquired concepts and the tools necessary for realizing radio navigation systems;
Judgment autonomy: The student must be able to know how to independently evaluate the processes of radio navigation.
Communicative Skills:
The student must have the ability to easily explain radio navigation ì with the correct use of scientific language.
Learning Skills:
Students must be able to progressively acquire autonomy and to continuously update their knowledge through the study of publications (also in English) in order to acquire the ability to deepen the topics of radio navigation systems.


It is necessary to acquire and assimilate the knowledge provided by the courses of Mathematical Analysis, Physics and Geodesy and Navigation.


(C1 10h – C3 32h) Orientation - Navigation Reference Systems, Spherical Coordinates. Gyroscope theory: functional fundaments and deviation computation gyroscope ; Gyrocompass the ballistic deviations.
Line of Position - theory and practical cases for distance and angular measurements.
Radio navigation systems - GNSS systems, operating principle and positioning techniques, AIS System;
(C2 6h) The radar, principle of operation, ARPA features; Hyperbolic navigation systems, Loran.

The course deals with the basic elements required to ensure the safety of navigation, with reference to radio navigation systems. Particularly, it focuses on the theoretical fundaments of positioning (line of positions) and on the functionality of the main radio-navigation systems.

The course furnishes some competencies required by the STCW Convention, as amended, for Deck Officers and Marine Engineers at Operational Level, embodied in the MIT decree dated 19th December 2016, namely “Percorso formativo per accedere alle figure professionali di Allievo Ufficiale di Coperta e Allievo Ufficiale di Macchina” as amended by DM MIT n. 35 (10/10/2018).

Particularly, among course competencies, there are them listed in the Attachment I of the above-mentioned decree, for Deck Officer Cadets:
C1. Echo sounder – Gyrocompass and error compensation(10 h)
C2. Radar and Radar ARPA (6 h).
C3. Position fixing through the use of radio navigation aids (32 h) –

Further details about the acquired competencies are furnished in the extended version of the programme.

Teaching Methods

online lectures (Teams channel 6yic2xk), Exercises and Blended lectures (in italian).


- Specific Radio Navigation Topics are dealt with supplementary teaching material (in pdf format) provided during the course by the teacher
- The American Practical Navigator. Nathaniel Bowditch, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012.

Learning assessment

The exam consists of an oral interview.
The oral examination aims to verify the following requirements:
a) understanding of the topics in the program and their ability to explain them with an appropriate vocabulary
b) ability to manage the concepts learned in the course in order to use them synergistically to solve complex problems
c) ability to apply basic math and physics knowledge to the course topics.
With reference to the vote, a maximum of 10 points will be awarded for each verified objective referred to in points a, b and c.
For the purposes of passing the exam, a minimum score of 6 points is required.
The praise will be assigned in case the Student:
- obtain the maximum score assigned to all the objectives;
- demonstrate full autonomy in the oral interview and mastery of the topics in the program.

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