B. Sc. Nautical Science - Overview
The B. Sc. Nautical Science programme at TMI is governed by the Academic Rules prescribed. The programme is spread over a period of three years, structured into six academic semesters. After three years training at the campus, students will have to undergo a one-year structured training programme on board ships or other marine related activities. In addition to theoretical and practical training, students are required to participate in the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities of the Institute.
The Programme Design
The syllabus and curriculum have been designed to impart a comprehensive foundation in the nautical technology knowledge requirements for deck officers, and to provide an exposure to some areas of humanities and the social sciences. Thereafter the curriculum focuses on the specialised knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of Nautical Technology, with an emphasis on those skills and competencies that are required for Navigation, Cargo Operations and Ship Maintenance and Operations.
Focus on Practicals and Development of Skills
The essence of the B. Sc. Nautical Science programme is to qualify students to become competent watch-keeping officers in the maritime environment, capable of navigational and cargo work duties. The course is designed to provide a solid foundation in Engineering Mathematics, Physics, Navigation, Cargo Operations and Practical Seamanship.
To facilitate the unique and practically oriented training, the Institute is comprehensively equipped with a mock up that is a representative of a shipboard environment. Students are given hands-on experience in the detailed maintenance techniques and procedures for the equipment they will be operating as deck officers.
A shipboard environment is unique and training must be suitably tailored. At TMI, due emphasis is placed on training in seamanship and contextual training to intimately acquaint students with the demands of the marine environment. Students are also given training in boat handling, sailing, rope climbing and rope ladder climbing.
By the end of the third year....
The curriculum on campus is structured so that by the end of the third year all students complete all the modular courses required of any one who is employed on board a ship. In addition the workshop training ensures that by the end of the third year the students are also reasonably skilled in the use of shipboard tools, maintenance procedures and other practical seamanship, sailing and boat handling skills.