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NAB3038 Integrated practice

Course description for academic year 2017/2018

Contents and structure

The subject contains the following elements:

 Preliminary introduction to the course. At the beginning of the semester, we check that all have approved health certificates, safety courses, passports etc. Provides information about shipping companies and types of vessels which are training ships during the practical period.

Shortly after the startup module, we start with an introductory module, where the topics to be worked with during the practical session are introduced. The student will be assigned a vessel and get information about what is expected of them during the practice on board. The university college is responsible for logistics so that communication between the shipping company and the student is streamlined. The Webcadet programme is reviewed and started for each student. During this period there will be room for previous students and lecturers to share their experiences from practice and life at sea. Shiping company representatives will be introduced and can answer questions regarding the practice period.

The practice period is carried out on board selected vessels. Departure date and return date may vary from student to student, but all students have approximately 2 months on board the vessel. In addition to normal training and introduction on board, the students work through the Webcadet with the selected questions. These questions were reviewed during the introductory module. The student will be followed up by the assessor aboard the vessel and the contact person at HVL. During this period, reflection notes, mid-term assessment and final assignments will be kept.

Once the students have returned, an evaluation module is carried out. We receive feedback and share experiences from the different vessels. Students will submit reflection notes, mid-term assessments and final notes within 14 days of their return. In addition, work is ongoing towards the end of the semester with project assignments in the topics we have studied in the introductory module, and the students hold a presentation based on their practical training period for the other students, shipping company representatives and lecturer (s).

Learning Outcome

When the student have completed the subject, the following learning outcomes defined in knowledge, skills and general competance should be achieved:


  • Has broad knowledge regarding the work to be performed onboard a ship
  • Ha broad knowledge regarding the care of basic work tasks onboard a ship
  • Has broad knowledge of the use of alarm instructions, mustering lists, fire & safety plans onboard a ship
  • Has broad knowledge of the ship's ISPS plan
  • Has broad knowledge of relevant forms of communication onboard a ship - both internally onboard the ship and with other ships, land organizations, harbours, etc.
  • Has broad knowledge of the different ranks onboard, and the different responsibilities assigned for the personell with different ranks
  • Has broad knowledge of proper work techniques, especially related to critical operations
  • Has broad knowledge of rules and regulations related to the ship


  • Identifies, considers, prioritizes, plans, performs, follows up, reports and documents work assignments within his/her area of responsibility onboard the ship
  • Can safely execute and hand over a bridge watch 
  • Can plan a sea voyage
  • Can plan and reflect around a cargo operation onboard the ship
  • Handles relevant equipment safely, and use the equipment properly
  • Executes correct working techniques, including movement techniques
  • Works systematicly and adjusts the work speed in accordance with the assigned tasks
  • Collaborates well with others, both on deck and in the engine
  • Uses knowledge from syllabus, research and development work within the nautical science education
  • Reflects upon own professional practice and adjusts this under supervision
  • Is familiar with relevant guidlines onboard the ship and adhere to these
  • Can link the experience onboard to theoretical knowledge from the study programme


  • Has insight in operations relevant for the ship
  • Displays independence, accuracy and professional soundness when carrying out work assignments onboard the ship
  • Works in accordance with rules and regulations, including the ship's HMS and security sytems
  • Shows respect towards others
  • Takes responsibility for own learning and takes intiative to use learning situations, and uses the guidance actively and constructively
  • Are able to critically reflect upon own work effort, including planning and executing of work assignments
  • Has insight i new thinking and innovation processes within the area

Entry requirements

  • NAB1020 Basic Safety Training for Seamen
  • NAB1025 Security-related training for seafarers with designated security duties
  • NAB1002 Terrestrial Navigation
  • NAB1015 Electronic Navigational Aids I
  • NAB1016 Electronic Navigational Aids II
  • NAB1004 Practical Navigation I
  • NAB2004 Practical Navigation II
  • NAB2002 Meteorology and Oceanography
  • NAB2059 Loading Techniques - 1
  • NAB2060 Loading Techniques - 2

Recommended previous knowledge

  • NAB1028 Cooperation, organisation and culture at sea
  • NAB2052 Marine Machinery
  • NAB1021 Hydrostatics and stability
  • NAB2011 Thermo Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Teaching methods

  • Work practice
  • Lectures
  • E-learning
  • Self studies

Compulsory learning activities

  • Approved Health Certificate
  • Presentation


Portfolio exam, 100/100, Grading Scale A-F

(Include: Reflection notes, mid-term evaluation, final report, project paper)

Examination support material

All available supportings aids allowed.

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