Naval Engineering (Advanced) Integrated Learning

Full Year

Although desirable, it is not necessary to have undertaken Stage 1 Naval Engineering to enrol in Advanced Stage 2 Naval Engineering. This full year hands-on STEM course – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – is suitable for students who are interested in Applied Science, Engineering and Technology. In this course, Applied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are used to explore and explain current scientific issues in primarily a Maritime environment. Students become aware of the significance of Mathematics and Science to address a range of Engineering challenges. The Science and Mathematics studied also relate to many vocational pathways.

N.B: This subject has an externally assessed component (Personal Endeavour) and therefore can be used towards an ATAR. Worthy of note is the fact that if students do their work properly, it is very easy to get a very high ATAR score in this subject, which could significantly boost their overall ATAR score.

This course centres on personal and group research activities as well as practical exercises of design and construction of models to test theories, by using Mathematics, Science and the latest CNC Laser cutting technology.

CONTENT ( 20 SACE credits )

  • Relationship between shape and function of hulls
  • Scale Calculations of the volumes of hulls. Simpson’s Method. Displacement and Displacement curves
  • Archimedes Principle applied to ship and floating structures
  • Study of Stability and Stability curves
  • Study of traditional and modern building materials and their applications in engineering designs
  • The STEM of RAS (Replenishment at Sea) and ballistics applied to the flight trajectory of projectiles in the Earth’s gravitational field.
  • STEM and Cultural Study of Woomeras and Spears ( Spear Throwers are called Midla in Kaurna )
  • Mathematics and Science of Optics. SNELL’s law: Effect on the path of Electromagnetic and Oceanic Waves
  • Elements of Electronics: Speed regulator for electric motors, Remote control technology and control systems
  • Current Applications of Electromagnetic spectrum and radio waves. Applications in Radar, GPS and Navigation Technologies
  • Sea vessels future developments – Sea exploration

Engineering Activities: The exploration of Engineering Principles is used in conjunction with Mathematics, Physics and Science to test a remote-controlled working ship model. Students will also have the opportunity, time permitting, to build from A to Z, a full-scale wooden Sailing and Rowing Dingy and test it in a safe location. In the process, they will study the Physics, Science and Engineering Principles relating to Forces, Buoyancy, Displacement, Stability, Aerodynamics, Science of Materials, and Navigation.

Excursions may include if available, visits to the Osborne Shipyards to research Design and Engineering specifications relating to ship building techniques and the Engineering Department of Flinders University at Tonsley Park.

Le Fevre High School, as the Maritime School of South Australia is privileged to have Industry links and contacts, which ensure the direct relevance of this Naval Engineering course. This prepares students for industry pathways which include Tafe courses but also Engineering studies at Flinders University and beyond this, the Australian Maritime College Engineering courses (University of Tasmania), which can open doors for students to get a job in the very lucrative Maritime Industry branches in South Australia and indeed the world.


Practicals Inquiries: Scale calculations, Archimedes Principle and Displacement Curves – STEM of projectiles, Replenishment at sea from ship to ship, Physics of Ballistics and Woomera/Midla – Applications of Snell’s law in Optics and in the direction of Ocean waves.

Connections task – Group activity: Students research an aspect of marine technology and present their findings to the rest of the class as a group presentation where they showcase evidence of communication skills needed in Industries.

Personal Endeavour – Research: Students produce an essay about a chosen Maritime topic and are invited to reflect on their learning experience. This is an externally assessed task, yielding an ATAR score.

There is no examination required to successfully complete this full year course.

  • Practical Inquiries 40 %
  • Connections Task – Group Activity 30 %
  • Personal Endeavour (Externally assessed – ATAR) 30 %