Short Course Programmes in Automated Systems in Shipping

This project addresses an inadequacy in the education and training of merchant navy officers, and that human operators rarely understand all the characteristics of automated systems and their limitations, and to exceed plans to improve maritime training by proving knowledge, skills and understanding of automated systems using e-learning and assessment platforms in the learning process.

The main aim is to transfer the innovation already developed in the design, delivery and assessment of short courses in order to fill the gap created as the result of emergence and application of the automated systems in the education and training of seafarers by the provision of a training course enabling them to have a full understanding of automated systems and these systems’ weaknesses and limitations.

The central tangible outcome is an innovative course in automation with 8 modules, each concerning a particular level of depth in knowledge, skills and understating, for a given level of seniority and concerning a given job function. The second outcome is expected to be the intended adaptation of an e-learning platform with assessment facilities currently under development in E-GMDSS (2006) or use of an earlier platform developed in a previous EU funded project by one of the partners. The team building module may replace the existing non-standard, but on high demand courses such as Bridge Resource Management and Ship Handling. Since the intention is to adapt e-learning and e-assessment both as training and learning methodologies as well as a self-learning and self-assessment tools, the project products would be able to target a wider audience particularly for active seafarers being on board vessels for long periods.

The Impact will be substantial as this project responds to an internationally acknowledged problem which the partnership is confident of resolving and since the social partners including employers and ship owners are involved in the proposed project the impact is expected to include widespread use of the course in partner and other EU countries.

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