by Tom Tursi The
ASA107 Celestial Navigation Course uses the items shown above. These
materials should be provided to students in advance of class to
permit study prior to coming to class. Ask students to read at least
Chapter 1 in the Students will need one copy of the NGA 925 position plotting sheet during class to complete homework assignments and a second copy when taking the ASA107 exam. The Homework Plotting Sheets shown above can be used for some of the homework assignments, but cannot be used for the exam.
text, and the Celestial
Navigation for Sailors Solutions to
Celestial Navigation for Sailo
workbook gives
step-by-step solutions to all of these questions.
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classroom instruction, I suggest that projection images be prepared
from the figures in the textbook. It's also helpful to hand-draw some
images on a flip chart during class to help students follow the more
difficult procedures. I suggest that instructors require students to hand in homework assignments for review and coaching. Otherwise, some students fall behind and hesitate to ask questions. Also,
show in class examples of actual items such as navigational charts,
plotting tools and publications. If extra copies of charts and pubs
are available, pass them around and make them available for student
perusal during class breaks. Students
need adequate time between classroom sessions to do homework and
practical exercises. I suggest scheduling class day #1, followed by a
two-week gap, then class day #2, a two-week gap, and then class day
#3. These should be full 7-hour class days each. An
alterative to this schedule, is to hold six half-day sessions with
adequate time between for students to complete homework and practical
exercises, plus the final exam day as discussed below. Here is how I conduct the four-day course:
Day #4 (exam day) is for final review of key topics, answering of last minute questions, and for the ASA107 written exam. I have found that student take from three to six hours to complete the exam, and instructors should plan the timing of this day to allow students adequate time to complete the exam. After grading the exams, instructors should critique each student on the results of the exam, whether this is done on the same day or at a later time. Students need the following items for the ASA107 exam: -
The NGA 925 plotting sheet is mandatory for use in the exam. The commonly used Universal Plotting Sheet and cannot be used for the exam, and students and schools need to know this up front. The NGA 925 plotting sheet can be ordered directly print on demand from BuxMont Office Supply https://www.yelp.com/biz/bux-mont-office-supply-hatboro for about $6.00 per copy plus shipping costs. We provide this plotting sheet to students during their course of study and another copy for the exam.__will not work__ -
The HO229 Volume 3 Sight Reduction Tables for Latitudes 30º to 45º __is needed__during the exam and can be purchased online from various sources including Amazon, Maryland Nautical and others. You can also download a PDF file of the full Volume 3 at HO229 Vol 3 -
The Nautical Almanacs extracts needed for the exam can be downloaded at http://www.mdschool.com/School%20Store/CEL%20Almanac%20Extracts%202019-04-10.pdf
Note that the exam lists the
celestial shot times in EDT and corrected GMT for the five sight reduction calculations
in the exam. Students should convert the EDT times to GMT to
illustrate that they know how to do this, but if they make an error when converting EDT to GMT, they
will be unable to correctly complete the remainder of the exam. So, I have found it
desirable to give them the GMT times,
and instruct them use these GMT times for their sight reduction calculations even if
they are unable to successfully convert EDT to these GMT times.
Schools and students need to understand this up front.
I
welcome and encourage instructor feedback, comments and suggestions on
any aspect of this program in the interest of improving and making it more useful to both students and instructors. Good
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