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NABP4001 Maritime communication and leadership

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

The course focuses on the cognitive and interpersonal skills and competencies required to conduct safe and effective operations on board, both in normal and crisis situations. The course consists of three modules.

1. Maritime English Standard Vocabulary

Maritime English aims to build students' knowledge of maritime terminology and phrases, as described in IMO's SMCP. The ability to use such phrases in internal and external communication with individuals of different language backgrounds is crucial.

2. General Operators Certificate (GOC) / GMDSS

The second part of the course provides students with extensive knowledge, experience, and competence in GMDSS and relevant equipment/components. Students participate in training that includes theory sessions, practical exercises, simulator training, and tests, formally qualifying them for the role of a radio operator, as described in STCW and UTI regulations. Detailed requirements for this module can be found here.

3. Operational Psychology and Management

The third part of the course focuses on the conditions, as well as individual and interpersonal skills, affecting safety and performance in operational settings. Through topics such as operational communication, teamwork, situational awareness, decision-making, leadership, and stress and fatigue management, students gain knowledge and competence in operational psychology and management in the maritime domain. Provided that all prerequisites of the course are met, this module covers the relevant IMO regulations in STCW 78 as Amended, table A-II/1 and A-II/2, qualifying students for BRM certification.

The three modules will be sequential. Additionally, the course aims to illustrate how the various themes are interconnected and how knowledge, skills, and competencies in the three modules contribute to efficiency and safety at sea.

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 provides students with a GOC certificate, 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

NAB1026 Navigation I,

NAB1027 Navigation II,

The simulator exercises in NAB2014 Navigation III must be approved before BRM simulator excercises (compulsary learning activity x) are started.

Recommended previous knowledge

NABP2002 Introduction to Cooperation and Organizational Science

Teaching methods

Lectures, individual work, group work, practical exercises, tabletop simulations, simulator exercises, and radio lab training.

Compulsory learning activities

There are five mandatory learning activities in the course.

Learning activity 1 (related to Module 2, GOC):

Attend all compulsory teaching (theoretical and practical) in GOC/GMDSS.

Learning activity 2 (related to Module 2, GOC):

Conduct three SAR exercises. SAR exercises will be assessed as approved/not approved. SAR exercises must be approved to complete the theoretical and practical proficiency tests.

Learning activity 3 (related to Module 2, GOC):

Theoretical proficiency test (Exam from Telenor). Learning activity 3 (Theoretical proficiency test) must be passed to be eligible for Learning activity 4 (Practical proficiency test).

No aids allowed beyond a personal PC for test execution.

IMPORTANT: The student has a maximum of two attempts to complete assignment 3 (theoretical proficiency test).

Learning activity 4 (related to Module 2, GOC):

Practical proficiency test (Exam from Telenor)

(Students may use their own ALRS Vol 5 GMDSS and all information and publications available at the radio station).

IMPORTANT: The student has a maximum of one (1) attempt to complete assignment 4 (practical proficiency test).

When learning activities 1-4 are approved, this provides candidates with GOC certification.

If one has registered but does not complete without valid reason, the college will not cover the costs for a new course.

Learning activity 5 (related to Module 3, BRM):

Participate in BRM simulator exercises (including briefings, exercise executions, and debriefing sessions) with 100% attendance.


The exam consists of two parts:

Oral examination, 30 minutes (40%)

Written school exam, 4 hour (60%)

Grading scale A-F

Examination support material


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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