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NABP4001 Maritime communication and leadership

Course description for academic year 2022/2023

Contents and structure

The course focuses on the cognitive and interpersonal skills and competencies necessary for performing safe and efficient operations onboard, both in everyday situations and during crisis. The course has three modules. Modules 1 and 2 focuses on regulations and tools which strengthen the communication skill and encourages the students to communicate in a manner that is clear, concise and resistant to misunderstandings. In the first module we aim to increase the students’ maritime vocabulary and competency in using standardized phrases as specified in SMCP. The second module provides the students with extensive knowledge, experience, and competencies on GOC and GMDSS, including the relevant equipment/components. In the third module, the communication skill is further elaborated upon, and coupled with other important themes such as situation awareness, decision making, resourse management, leadership and the management of stress and fatigue. Students immerse themselves in important aspects of bridge resource management, operational psychology and leadership relevant for the maritime domain. These modules will run in succession of each other. In addition to present these three main themes, the course aims to provide insight into how the themes are related - and how knowledge, skills and competencies in these three modules all contribute to efficiency and safety at sea.   


1. Maritime English standard vocabulary 

Maritime English focuses on building the students’ knowledge on nautical terms and phrases set out in the IMO's SMCP, as well as the ability to use such phrases in internal and external communication onboard, when communicating with persons of a different native language.

2. General Operators Certificate (GOC) / GMDSS 

Part two of the course provides the students with extensive knowledge, experience, and competencies on GMDSS and the relevant equipment/components. Students will partake in a set of training, including theory sessions, practical exercises simulation training and tests that will formally qualify them to the role as radio operator, as described in STCW, and UTI regulations. The detailed requirements for this section of the course are found here.    

3. Operational psychology and leadership 

The third part of the course focuses on individual and interpersonal skills and conditions that influences safety and performance in operational situations, Through themes such as operational communication, teamwork, leadership, situational awareness, decision making, and the management of stress and fatigue, the students acquire knowledge of operational psychology and leadership in the maritime domain. 

Given that all entrance requirements of the course is fullfilled, this course module covers relevant IMO regulations in STCW 78 as Amended, table A-II/1 and A-II/2, and qualifies the student to get a BRM-certification

Learning Outcome

Learning outcomes, module 1:  

The students have extensive knowledge of the English terms for different nautical and maritime concepts related to navigation, ship handling, ship building, marine engines, hydrometeorology, and international shipping. 

The students should be able to understand nautical publications written in English. 

The students should be able to communicate in English effectively during normal shipboard operations as well as in emergencies.

Learning outcomes, module 2:  

The students should have a thorough knowledge of radio equipment and its operation.  

The students should be able to operate as a radio officer on board vessels.  

This module is enabling the students to apply for their GOC license, and covers relevant requirements in STCW 78 as amended, tables A-II/1, A-II/2 and A-IV/2. 

Learning outcomes, module 3:  

The students have broad knowledge of organizational and contextual conditions that may influence safety and performance during everyday operations and crisis situations. 

The students have extensive knowledge of psychological cognitive and interpersonal conditions that influences safety and performance during everyday operations and crisis situations. 

The students understand how non-technical and technical skills interplay and are able to observe and analyze operational situations - and recognize and evaluate how non-technical skills are used.  

The students master operational management techniques related to bridge teamwork.  

The students are familiar with recent research on the field and can discuss their points of view and experiences with reference to an operational management framework, and through this contribute to development of good practice. 

Entry requirements

Minimum 70 ECT produced in the study program.

NAB1026 Navigation I, NAB1027 Navigation II, NAB2014 Navigation III

Recommended previous knowledge

NABP2002 Introduction to Cooperation and Organizational Science

Teaching methods

Lectures, individual work and group work, practical exercises, individual work and guidance, simulation exercises and radio-lab training. 

Compulsory learning activities

Module 1:  

Partake in practical exercises in Maritime English.

Module 2:  

Partake in minimum 100 hours of designated GMDSS/GOC training (50 hours theory, 50 hours practical exercises). 

Complete three SAR-exercises. The SAR Exercises will be graded passed/not passed, Should the get Not Passed, they will not be allowed any of the tests (theoretical or practical).  

Theoretical passage test (Exam provided by Telenor kystradio) 

Practical passage test (Exam provided by Telenor kystradio)

Module 3:  

Partake in BRM simulation exercises. 

Reflect on simulation experiences through debriefing discussions. 


Portfolio assessment. The portfolio must include the following elements:  

  • Confirmation that the required SAR exercises, and GOC/GDMSS tests are passed (Passed/failed. All students must pass all aspects of module 2 in order to continue and pass the course) 
  • Oral exam in Maritime English (30 %) 
  • Experience based paper following simulation exercises (30 %) 
  • Academic paper (40 %) 

Examination support material

Support material allowed during passage tests in Module 2:  


All information posted by the radio station. 

All publications available in the radio station. 

Radio Logbook. 

Private PC during digital evaluation test. 

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • SA082 - Maritime English - Reduction: 5 studypoints
  • NAB3019 - Maritim engelsk - Reduction: 3 studypoints
  • NAB3010 - Operativ leiing - Reduction: 10 studypoints
  • NAB1024 - Maritim engelsk - Reduction: 3 studypoints