Nautical Science covers a wide spectrum of
modules, specifically designed for combat officers in the SA Navy. From time to time we do accommodate members
from Special Forces to strengthen their knowledge for water-bound
operations. Mathematics and Physics form
an integral part of all six modules in the form of derivations and calculations
and hence students not following the Technology programme are required to take
the Service Course in Mathematics (Mathematics 124) as well as the two Algebra
based Physics modules (Physics 124 & 154).
The 1st year level focuses on
coastal and deep-sea navigation, astro-navigation, oceanography and
meteorology. These are all theoretical
components and practical work is done at sea during recess times and military
weeks during their 3-year stay at the Academy.
The 2nd year consists of a module on electronic navigation
systems, including the theory of GMDSS, as well as a module introducing marine
engineering principles. The 3rd
year consists of a module on ship stability and a module introducing naval
All modules are presented to fulltime
residential students only and no distance education is entertained.
Nautical Science is unique in the sense
that it is totally client driven and the Military Academy is the only tertiary
institution where this type of curricular content is presented at degree level.