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General Course Information for PMTX 1012X: Commercial Diving Orientation

Course: PMTX 1012X - Commercial Diving Orientation
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Course Description:

Introduction to commercial diving and diving science, the various types of commercial diving, the diver's role in the industry, and safety policies principles and procedures related to safe diving operations.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the role of a Commercial diver in the commercial diving industry both inland and offshore.
  • Explain the various modes of diving: Surface Supply, SCUBA, Air Diving, Mixed Gas Diving, Bell Diving, and Saturation Diving.
  • Explain the regulations that control commercial diving: Coast Guard (USCG), Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA and Cal OSHA), Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) and their application.
  • Describe safety requirements and regulations.
  • Define the types of fires and methods used to fight fires on offshore rigs and vessels.
  • Describe the procedures for working on vessels and offshore.
  • Explain the problems caused by use of drugs (prescribed and illegal) and alcohol by divers.
  • Identify, and describe the function of components of surface supplied diving helmets, umbilicals, and air systems utilized by the diving industry.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make a surface supply air dive and tend a diver using line pull signals.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply formulas associated with decompression and medical aspects of diving.
  • Assess medical needs of divers and provide appropriate first aid and recompression treatment for diving illnesses.
  • Cut and weld steel properly.
  • Demonstrate safe operation while working as an outside tender, inside tender, communications operator, and/or log keeper.
  • Dive and tend using surface supply or SCUBA underwater breathing apparatuses in either air or mixed gas modes to perform underwater tasks safely.
  • Perform decompression safely under a variety of situations.
  • Plan a diving job utilizing all available data.
  • Work effectively as a dive team member to achieve goals of a planned diving job and underwater tasks.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
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Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures