This course is designed to acquaint the student with communication systems commonly found in the Marine Industry. It includes the basic layout of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), communication equipment requirements, licensing requirements, principles and procedures for marine communications, the characteristics of radio wave propagation, frequencies, and modulation. Included also is the Morse Code Flashing Light, and general Distress Signals. STCW.
All prerequisites for all GLMA courses are satisfied by following the approved Course Sequence Guide and any deviation from this guide needs to be approved by the cadet's adviser.
Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies ENG 111
and MTH 122
Course Learning Outcomes Knowledge:
- Describe the theory of radio wave propagation.
- Describe U.S. Marine Radio licensing structure, requirements, procedures, equipment.
- Decode Flashing Light Morse Code transmission at 4 words per minute.
- Communicate from ship to ship and ship to shore; domestically and internationally.
- Describe how U.S. Marine Radio relates to the GMDSS.
- Demonstrate radio transmission equipment and procedures.
- Develop familiarity with Morse Code (through use of a Flashing Light Simulator).
Caring - Civic Learning:
- Demonstrate leadership skills as a U.S. merchant marine officer.
Learning How to Learn:
- Appreciate the need to communicate effectively with a diverse workforce while onboard a vessel that is in worldwide service.
- Demonstrate the STCW Code Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiencies (KUPs) for Able Seaman -Deck: 4.13.A.
- Demonstrate the STCW Code KUPs for Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch: 8.1.A, 8.2.A.