6. COURSE FEED BACK
At the end of each course, the students are asked to fill in an evaluation sheet. In general the feedback from the students has been very positive, although a number of students have failed to pass the course. Since the start of the simulator courses in 1997 only one student bas made an official complaint about the simulator course. During this time more than 500 students have attended simulator courses at Force Technology.
24 watches form the basis for this analysis. with the average mark plotted on the graph. It can be seen from the graph that the results are quite uniform. According to the binomial sign test. no significant increase or decrease in average score from A to B, B to C or A to C is found. This indicates that the level of safety is kept steady, although the trainings scenarios increase in level of difficulty.
It is, however, important to remember that the evaluation is based on the safety aspects of the student's actions. Because the level of difficulty is increased from one exercise to the next then maintaining an equal level of safety indicates a clear improvement in each individual student's performance. It can, therefore, be demonstrated that the student's performance improves throughout the course.
Figure 2. Average scores of 24 watches.
Safety level during 72 watches
Captain Carl Thue Rabjerg is a Master Mariner with 20 years of experience on Danish vessels. He is presently Senior Specialist at Force/DMI.
Captain Robert Smyth is a Master Mariner with 30 years of experience on Norwegian vessels. He is presently Senior Instructor at Force/DMI.
Dr Jens U. Römeling has during his 25 years career at FORCE/DMI been working with model testing, seakeeping and simulation. He has been Project Manager of a number of design and installation of simulator facilities incl transfer of courseware in Canada, Malaysia, Denmark and South Africa.