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NAB3039 Integrated practice

Course description for academic year 2022/2023

Contents and structure

The course contains the following elements:

Start-up: Introduction to the course. At the beginning of the semester, we check that all have approved health certificates, safety courses, passports etc. Information about the practical period. The Webcadet programme is reviewed. Contact information is exchanged between student and shipping company. 

Practice periode: 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 between 6 to 8 weeks 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 start-up. The student will be followed up by an assessor on board the vessel and the contact person at HVL. During this period,the student will also work with the portfolio elements.

Notice: The cource is based on app. 2 month practical training onboard a ship. During this time the student is hired as student, but he/she gets the time onboard approved as required sailing time in relation to applications for a deck officer certificate.

On board, the student will mainly work in an international environment. On some vessels the student can work with one or more Norwegians, while on others the student will be the only Norwegian on board. This depends on which vessels the shipping companies have at their disposal. This means that the student must communicate in English, which on many ships is the working language. The student must relate to and interact with colleagues with different nationalities and cultural backgrounds, and must be aware of how he/she communicates and acts. In some cases, the vessel will mostly be in Norwegian waters, but several of the vessels will be in international waters and call at ports in other countries.

Learning Outcome

- Knowledge


  • 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

- Skills


  • Identifies, considers, prioritizes, plans, performs, follows up, reports and documents work assignments within his/her area of responsibility onboard the ship, and is familiar with relevant guidlines onboard the ship and adhere to these
  • 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, and shows respect towards others
  • Can link the experience onboard to theoretical knowledge from the study programme
  • Reflects upon own professional practice and adjusts this under supervision

- General Competance


  • ​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
  • 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

Entry requirements

1. Approved Health Certificate. The Health Certificate must not be submitted until you have received preliminary admission to the course. This documentation will then be requested.

2. Courses:

  • NAB1020 Basic Safety Training for Seamen
  • NAB1025 Security-related training for seafarers with designated security duties, or equivalent
  • NAB1026 Navigation I
  • NAB1027 Navigation II
  • NAB2014 Navigation III

Or equivalent.

Note: There is a limited number of places. If the number of applicants is higher than the number of places, ranking of applicants will be done on the basis of the average grade achieved in the courses which are defined as required prerequisite courses.

Recommended previous knowledge

  • NAB1028 Cooperation, organisation and culture at sea
  • NAB2002 Meteorology and Oceanography
  • NAB2052 Marine Machinery
  • NAB2022 Ship Technology
  • NAB2011 Thermo Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • NAB2028 Loading Techniques

Teaching methods

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

Compulsory learning activities



Portfolio exam, 100/100. Pass/Fail. All portfolio elements must be approved to pass the course.

(Includes: reflection notes, evaluation notes and end notes)

Examination support material

All available supportings aids allowed.

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