Date of Award
Master of Science in Maritime Affairs
Maritime Education & Training
The changes in the maritime industry have led to major adjustments in the training of seafarers in general and deck officers in particular. There are innovations not only in the training programs, but also in the means to achieve them. The maritime community is seeking ways to categorize the high cost simulators in order to make their training use compulsory. Obviously, not every maritime college will be able to take advantage of this valuable training tool. This paper advocates the use of microcomputers in the training of deck officers, as a possible alternative to the costly simulators. It investigates the different methodologies that may be used by computer-assisted Instruction (CAI). It gives examples and illustrations of possible use of CAI in addressing subjects such as collision avoidance and use of radar that are important for deck officer training. Moreover, it looks into some existing instructional software and some application programs and highlights their specific training features in different discipline areas of deck officer training. The delicate question of program evaluation has also been given some attention in line with the hardware prerequisites and the academic aspects of the problem. The author gives some insights into the training potentials of a cargo handling program entitled Mariner. He shows how this PC-based program may be used to teach ship stability and cargo handling. In conclusion, the paper suggests some changes in the approach of the IMO model courses and recommends guidelines for the implementation of CAI in the ARSTM1 of Abidjan.