SUBJECTS DESCRIPTION


 

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Industrial chemistry (general course)

A general description of the basic laws of chemistry and their application in everyday life. The essence of marine corrosion, fuels and lubricants in the most important properties. Safety equipment on board, working with chemicals.

Celestial navigation

The aim of the course is to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the celestial sphere, the sun and other celestial bodies used to determine ship’s position by astronomical methods.

Terrestrial and coastal navigation

The aim of the course is to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the terrestrial and coastal navigation, passage planning and position determination.

Electronic systems of position fixing and 
navigation

The aim of the course is to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the electronic systems of position fixing, ship handling and navigation.

Meteorology

The aim of the course is to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the necessary meteorological, synoptic, climatic and oceanographic parameters, identification and interpretation of these parameters and use of the shipborne meteorological.

Maintain a safe navigational watch

The aim of the course is to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the COLREG – 72, maintenance of a safe navigational watch and use of contingency plans for response to emergencies.

Maritime Special training courses

The Module is developed in accordance with Model Course 7.02 Competences 3.3. “Prevent, Control and Fight Fires on Board”, 3.4. “Operate life-saving Appliances”, 3.5.  “Apply Medical First Aid on Board Ship”, 3.8. “Contribute to the safety of personnel and ship”.

Manoeuvre a ship

The aim of the course is to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the principles of the ship’s handling, forces affecting a ship, wind, current and shallow water effects, MOB manoeuvres and anchoring and mooring techniques.

Cargo, operations handling and stowage

The aim of the course is to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the principles of the cargo operations and cargo types, cargo handling gear and safe cargo operations and cargo documentation.

Seamanship

The Module is developed in accordance with IMO Model Course 7.01 Competence "General knowledge of remote controls of propulsion plant and engineering systems and services"; "Corrosion and its prevention" and IMO Model Course 7.03 Competence  "Inspect and report defects and damage to cargo spaces, hatch covers and ballast tanks".

Ship’s stability

The aim of the course is to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills of ship’s stability parameters, statical and longitudinal stability.

Ship construction

The aim of the course is to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the ship’s construction and architecture, rudder construction and types and Loadlines and draught marks.

Prevention of pollution of the marine 
environment

The aim of the course is to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the international legislation regarding to the pollution prevention of the marine environment, Latvian legislation regarding to the pollution prevention of the marine environment and oil spill removal and collection equipment.

Maritime legislation

Subject describes regulations regarding maritime law at sea.

Safe working practices and watchkeeping organization

The aim of the course is to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the use of ISPS Code, Code of Safe Working Practices, Safety Management System, Shipboard organization.

Social dialogue in the society

Business organization / foundation, record keeping and financial accounting system

The Module is developed in accordance with sub-paragraph 5.1 of Cabinet Ministers Regulation No.141 and is focused on the familiarization of students with business, financial and accounting administration from a point of view of general companies and shipping companies.

Mathematics

The goal of this course is to cover the main chapters of a first year higher mathematics course: an introduction to linear algebra and analytic geometry, calculus, differential equations, series. The emphasis of this course is directed towards acquiring practical skills of problem analysis and solving.

Physics

To give knowledge to the students about the physics course: mechanics, molecular physics, electricity and electromagnetism, oscillation and waves, optics and nuclear physics.
Course objectives:
-To teach the students to understand the point and contents of physics;
-To provide the students with knowledge of physics branches, scientific purposes and functions as well as its basic principles;
-To achieve the comprehension of the students in physics.

Information technology

The course includes basic principles of personal computer usage, Office Software, Internet features, etc.

Maritime English

The aim of the course is to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills of Maritime English vocabulary, communicative competence and socio-cultural competence as well as STCW and MARPOL conventions requirements.

The basics of project management and functions of legal relations and legal requirements

The Module is developed in accordance with sub-paragraph 5.1 of the Cabinet of Ministers Regulation No.141 and is focused on the project management fundamentals; national and international law and regulations related to labor. The course is held in English language.

Project management

The Module is developed in accordance with sub-paragraph 5.1 of the Cabinet of Ministers Regulation No.141 (Adopted on the 20th of March 2001) and is focused on the project management fundamentals; The course is held in English language.

Maritime English

This course was designed to develop students' ability to use the English language in verbal and nonverbal communications during working process on board ship from Elementary to Intermediate levels, as recommended in the English language guidelines of IMO Model Course 3.17.

Maritime Transport Economics

The Module is developed in accordance with sub-paragraph 5.1 of the Cabinet of Ministers Regulation No.141 (Adopted on the 20th of March 2001) and is focused on the familiarization of students with business, financial and accounting administration from a point of view of shipping companies.

Safe working practices and international law and regulations related to labor

The aim of the course is to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the use of Code of Safe Working Practices and national and international law and regulations related to labor.

Mathematics

The Module is developed with the aim to provide knowledge to make technical calculations and design works in professional subjects.

Physics

The Module is developed with the aim to provide knowledge to make technical calculations and design works in professional subjects.

Theoretical Mechanics

The Module is developed with the aim to provide knowledge to make technical calculations and design works in professional subjects.

Applied Thermodynamics

The Module covers recommendations stated in IMO Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch” Appendix 3, ''Applied thermodynamics”.

Applied Chemistry

The Module is developed in accordance with IMO Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch” Appendix 5 "Industrial chemistry" with focus on the safe and efficient operation of auxiliary machineries, steam plant and refrigeration system.

Information Technology

The course includes basic principles of personal computer usage, Office Software, Internet features, etc.

 Engine Room Resource Management

The Module is developed in accordance with sub-paragraph 5.1 of the Cabinet Ministers Regulation No.141 (Adopted on the 20th of March 2001) , as well as with the syllabuses of the IMO Model Course 7.02 “Chief Engineer Officer and Second Engineer Officer” Competence 4.5 and Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch” Competences 1.1 and 4.7.

Ships' refrigeration and Air condition

The Module is developed in accordance with IMO Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch” Competence 1.4 “Operate main and auxiliary machinery and associated control systems”.

Materials Science

The Module is developed in accordance with IMO Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch” Competence 3.1 “Appropriate use of hand tools, machine tools and measuring instruments for fabrication and repair on board” (part: characteristics and limitations of materials used in construction and repair of ships and equipment; properties and parameters considered in the fabrication and repair of systems and components).

Technology of Ship Repairs

The Module is developed in accordance with IMO Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch” Competences 3.2 “Maintenance and repair of shipboard machinery and equipment” and 2.2 “Maintenance and repair of electrical and electronic equipment” (part: maintenance and repair of electrical system equipment, switchboards, electric motors, generator and DC electrical systems and equipment). The module is conducted in electrical and shipyard (or similar) workshops.

Use of hand tools, machine tools

The Module is developed in accordance with IMO Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch” Competence 3.1 “Appropriate use of hand tools, machine tools and measuring instruments for fabrication and repair on board”. The module is conducted in appropriate mechanical workshops.

Technical Drawing

The Module is developed in accordance with IMO Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch” Competence 3.2 “Maintenance and repair of shipboard machinery and equipment” (part: interpretation of machinery drawings and handbooks).

Ship's diesel engines and turbines

The Module is developed in accordance with IMO Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch” Competence 1.4 “Operate main and auxiliary machinery and associated control systems”, as well IMO Model Course 7.02 “Chief Engineer Officer and Second Engineer Officer” part of the Competence 1.3 “Operation, surveillance, performance assessment and maintaining safety of propulsion plant”. The module is focused on different types of ships’ main propulsion plants.

Steam boilers

The Module is developed in accordance with IMO Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch” Competence 1.4 “Operate main and auxiliary machinery and associated control systems”, as well as IMO Model Course 7.02 “Chief Engineer Officer and Second Engineer Officer” part of the Competence 1.1 “Manage the operation of propulsion plant machinery”. The Module is focused on ships’ main and auxiliary steam plants.

Auxiliary machinery and systems

The Module is developed in accordance with IMO Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch” Competence 1.4 “Operate main and auxiliary machinery and associated control systems”, 1.5 “Operate fuel, lubrication, ballast and other pumping systems and associated control systems” and 3.2 “Maintenance and repair of shipboard machinery and equipment” (part: the interpretation of piping hydraulic and pneumatic diagrams), as well as IMO Model Course 7.02 “Chief Engineer Officer and Second Engineer Officer” Competence 1.4 “Manage fuel, lubrication and ballast operations”. The Module is focused on ships’ auxiliaries, such as compressors and pumps, piping systems, steering gear, etc.

Ships Electro technology

The Module is developed in accordance with IMO Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch”, Competences 2.1 “Operate electrical, electronic and control systems” and 2.2 “Maintenance and repair of electrical and electronic equipment”

Ships Electronics and Automation

The Module is developed in accordance with IMO Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch”, Competences 2.1 “Operate electrical, electronic and control systems” and 2.2 “Maintenance and repair of electrical and electronic equipment”

Ships' Theory and Construction

The Module is developed in accordance with IMO Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch”, Competence 4.2 “Maintain seaworthiness of the ship”, as well as IMO Model Course 7.02 “Chief Engineer Officer and Second Engineer Officer” part of the Competence 4.1 “Control trim stability and stress”.

Marine pollution prevention

The Module is developed in accordance with IMO Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch”, Competences 4.1 “Ensure compliance with pollution-prevention requirements”, as well as IMO Model Course 7.02 “Chief Engineer Officer and Second Engineer Officer” part of the Competence 4.2 “Monitor and control compliance with legislative requirements and measures to ensure safety of life at sea and protection of marine environment”.

Maritime Law

The Module is developed in accordance with IMO Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch”, Competences 4.4 “Monitor compliance with legislative requirements”, 3.2 “Maintenance and repair of shipboard machinery and equipment” (part: safety measures to be taken for repair and maintenance ) as well as IMO Model Course 7.02 “Chief Engineer Officer and Second Engineer Officer” part of the Competence 4.1 “Control trim stability and stress”.

Maritime Safety and Security

The Module is developed in accordance with Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch” Competences 4.3. “Prevent, Control and Fight Fires on Board”, 4.4. “Operate life-saving Appliances”, 4.5. “Apply Medical First Aid on Board Ship”, 4.8. “Contribute to the safety of personnel and ship”, as well as IMO Model course 3.27 “Security awareness training for seafarers with designated security duties”.

Engine room simulators

The Module is developed in accordance with Model Course 7.04 “Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch” Competences 1.1 “Maintain a safe engineering watch” and 1.4 “Operate main and auxiliary machinery and associated control systems”, as well as IMO Model course 2.07 "Engine room simulator". The module is focused on operational procedures of major part of ships’ equipment and watch keeping principles conducted on Engine Room Simulator.

Academic credit system

Credit points reflect students’ workload, which are provided in case all the required assignment modules are completed and final examinations are successfully passed.
One Latvian credit point equals to 40 academic hours = 1.5 ECTS.
Each higher level educational program within its academic year contains not more than 39 credit points (60 ECTS). An approximate number of credits of a study program equals to 20 (or less) CP (credit points)=30 ECTS per semester.
Number of course units and their duration are prescribed by International Convention of Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention) and recommended Model Courses (specialized document, where the educational program is described) developed by International Maritime Organization. All the credit points are allocated strictly in accordance with the requirements and recommendations of these documents. These allows to educational programs, offered by NMC, to be recognized internationally.
The required number of credit points (ECTS) and module structure for the students participation in International and European exchange study programs are listed in the Learning Agreement. CP acquired during the mobility program are equivalent to the CP of the study program of NMC. The Transcript of Records (using ECTS equivalence) is issued to students by the International Office Coordinator upon the confirmation of their module’s completion as it is stipulated in the Learning Agreement. Credits received by the students during mobility are recorded in the Diploma Supplement upon receipt their Diploma.