Syllabus & Outline
Instructor: MT Staff, as assigned
Office Hours: As posted on office door, as scheduled,
by appointment. Additional/Alternate times by appointment
This course covers the skills necessary to live and work safely
aboard oceangoing research vessels. Emphasis is placed on utilizing
the navigational and hydrographical techniques needed to conduct
an offshore bathymetric survey. Upon completion, students should
be able to accurately navigate a vessel, gather bathymetric data,
and prepare a depth contour plot of a predetermined quadrant.
Course Hours per Semester:
1 Credit Hour , 48 hours of Lab
Be a full time Marine Technology student or permission of the
None required. Reference books are on the vessel.
- MSC 114 provides a five day training cruise
to provide Marine Tech students with the experience of living
and working with others aboard an ocean going research vessel.
- To provide students additional experience
with scientific and navigational watch standing procedures aboard
ocean going research vessels.
- To provide students with an opportunity
to conduct a bathymetric survey, offshore, using a grid coordinate
- 4. To train the student on the classical and
contemporary oceanographic instrumentation used to conduct the
- 5. To provide students with an opportunity
to conduct meteorological observations, determine and plot positions,
reduce and display acquired data.
- Provide the students an opportunity to familiarize themselves
with the duties and responsibilities of a hydrographic survey
Class Attendance: According to CFCC
policy, a student must attend at least 80% of the scheduled class
hours in order to receive credit for the course. Attendance is
marked at the beginning of the cruise. Those not present at that
time will be marked absent. Tardies will be marked any time a student
is late for a roll call or assigned watch assignment. Watch assignments
missed may constitute absences if conditions warrant such action.
Withdrawal: A student wishing to not
participate on a cruise should withdraw before the cruise date.
This will be recorded as a W with no grade penalty applied. If
a student departs the cruise, absences will be logged and a grade
of "F" will be entered after the 10th hour missed (20%), after
which a student may not withdraw passing (WP) if prior arrangements
have not been made with the instructor.
Conduct: At all times cruising students
will conduct themselves in a mature and safe manner. While on liberty
they should remember they are representatives of CFCC and the Marine
Technology program and should continue to behave accordingly. The
ship's Captain and your Cruise Supervisor will discuss additional
safety rules to be followed while aboard the ship. This will be
done prior to departure from the dock and/or during the safety
Safety: Students must follow safety
requirements. Students who ignore or violate safety requirements
will be subject to discipline, which may include dismissal from
the course. The ship's Captain and your Cruise Supervisor will
discuss additional safety rules to be followed while aboard the
ship. This will be done prior to departure from the dock, during
the safety drills and/or while on station. Students are required
to wear proper footgear (no barefeet, sandals or open-ended shoes)
at all times while on deck. Work vests and hard hats will be worn
at all times when performing over the side operations.
- Students must stand all assigned daily watches throughout the duration of
the cruise and must satisfactorily complete all work assigned in
conjunction with these watches.
- Student's ability to work with others aboard ship.
- Attention to manipulative and mental skills necessary for
safe working habits.
- Correct implementation of various oceanographic, meteorological
and navigational duties.
- Reduction and display of data, as assigned.
- Timely accomplishment of duties.
|A grade for MSC 114 will be based on the aforementioned
criteria as shown below.
|Performance of Scientific watch standing duties and assignments
|Performance of Navigation/Weather watch standing duties and
|Attitude, aptitude and overall participation [by Ship's Captain]
|Attitude, aptitude and overall participation [by Cruise Supervisor]
A minimum average grade of 68% is required to receive
credit for MSC 114
The following grading system will be used for this class.
Quality Points per
92 - 100
84 - 91
76 - 83
68 - 75
0 - 67
[Student failed to complete
required course assignment due to extenuating circumstances]
|Withdrawal Failing, computed
as a Failure on transcripts
A: Outstanding performance by student. Exceeds
all basic requirements. Student demonstrates high level of competency
in course material. Student capable of independent work in field
B: Above average performance by student. Student
exceeds some requirements. Student demonstrates good competency
C: Average performance by student. Student meets basic
course requirements. Student demonstrates adequate level of competency
in field. Students can work in field with supervision.
D: Below average performance by student. Student barely
meets course requirements.
F: Unacceptable performance by the student. Student
fails to meet course requirements. Student does not demonstrate proficiency
OUTLINE OF INSTRUCTION:
As a field/lab practicum for skills acquired in other Marine
Technology courses, this course has no structured outline of instruction.
Skills to be covered include: Safety aboard an oceangoing research
vessel; living and working aboard an oceangoing research vessel;
Weather, Navigation and Scientific watch standing duties; proper
use of various types of biological sampling gear; collection of
biological samples; identification & preservation of biological
samples; lab meter analysis of water samples obtained and log sheet
Conduct: an intensive bathymetric survey of and develop a contour
for a section of the continental margin offshore of South Carolina.
bathymetric grid to be contoured is approximately 12.5 x 7.5 square
nautical miles, with the longer sides running in an offshore northwesterly
to southeasterly direction. The grid will consist of 15 Loran-C
lines, each located approximately 2 nautical mile apart, beginning
at the junction of line 7980-Z-59960 and line 7980-Y-45161, running
along line 7980-Z-59960 to line 7980-Y-45080, then running back
and forth along “Z” lines at 5 microsecond delay intervals
to terminate at the junction of line 7980-Z-60030 and line 7980-Y-45080.
Time permitting, vertical lines will also be completed beginning
at the termination point and running back and forth along the “Y” lines
at 3 microsecond delay intervals to terminate at the junction of
lines 7980-Y-45161 and 7980-Z-59960.
Estimated Running Time: Approx. 2 hours each “Z” line
x 15 lines = 30 Hrs.
Approx. 1.5 hours each “Y” line
Reference: NOAA Charts # 11520 & # 11480.
Navigation/Weather Team: (Nav: In transit to and from the Bathy
- Recommend to or advise the watch officer:
- Determination of and recommendation to the watch officer,
courses and heading from station to station.
- Speed of the ship [within limits prescribed by the watch
- Estimated time of arrival at new stations and corrected
ETA’s when ETA change exceeds ten minutes.
- Course and heading changes when required. Course and/or
heading changes will be three degrees or greater.
- The Navigation watch will maintain a plot, on Mylar, and submit
it to the Cruise Supervisor at the termination of their respective
cruise leg. The following information should be included:
- Dates and cruise number of the plots, along with respective
- All movements of the ship from the appropriate sea buoy
[e.g. 2CF at Cape Fear River] to Charleston, SC and back.
- All position determinations and type of position.
- A continuous cruise track line with annotations of all
stations and/or towing operations.
- Fixes by GPS and Loran at least once every 30 minutes
when under way and upon arrival and departure of every
station and/or towing operation. Visual fixes may also
be utilized while in proximity to charted aids to navigation.
- Set and drift shall be determined on each transect of
steaming that is two hours or more or when on a station
for 30 minutes or longer.
- The Navigation Log Record of the ship’s movement should
be maintained continuously while in open waters. All forms must
- Maintain the Weather Log. Measurements and entries should
be made every hour on the hour, 24 hours a day.
- A running meteorological data graph vs. time should be maintained
continuously for the entire cruise leg. Temperature, relative
humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed, and wind direction
should be plotted on an hourly basis.
PROCEDURE FOR BATHYMETRIC SURVEY:
- Navigation Watch: Continuously monitor and direct the ship's
course from the bridge deck using Loran-C to determine position
and plot course at 5-minute intervals. This watch will also be
responsible for steering the vessel and keeping it on the survey
grid lines. Date, Time, Loran-C “Z” and “Y” microsecond
interval times, Latitude, Longitude, and Depth will be observed
and recorded every 5 minutes on the Bathy Navigation Data Sheet
and correctly plotted and recorded on the special chart developed
for this grid.
- PDR Watch: Operate the Precision Depth Recorder on the Bridge
and record the Date, Time, Scale used, and the Loran-C “Z” and “Y” microsecond
interval times on the PDR recording graph at 5-minute intervals.
Date, Time and Depth will also be recorded on the PDR Data Sheet
at 5-minute intervals.
- Contour Watch: Transcribe from the PDR Data Sheets all Time
and Depth data for every 5-minute interval to the special chart
and overlay developed for this project. The depths will be plotted
in parentheses above the navigation fix marks. When depth points
are plotted, the contour watch will lie the vellum overlay on
top of the grid sheet containing the depth points and begin contouring.
Preliminary contouring should be done at 25m intervals. The Cruise
Supervisor will decide if further intervals are needed after
all 25m contour lines have been drawn in.
All Navigation Plots, Navigation Logs, Weather Logs, Meteorological
Graphs, BathyNavigation Data Sheets, PDR Data Sheets, and Finished
Contour Overlays must be turned in to the Cruise Supervisor before
termination of respective cruise legs.