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General Course Information for PMTX 1031X: Diving Operations I

Course: PMTX 1031X - Diving Operations I
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description:

Work underwater using surface supply diving to perform work underwater to develop underwater work skills and confidence. During this project-oriented course, students dive, tend, supervise, keep log records of dives, operate radios, and operate deck decompression chambers. Underwater, students solve problems in decompression, rigging, and maintenance; and are introduce to the use of hand, hydraulic and pneumatic tools used by divers.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate the ability to setup and do post check of the dive station
  • Demonstrate the ability to properly dress out and tend a diver; and to perform umbilical management as a tender, and properly coil diving hose using over/under and figure eight methods.
  • Demonstrate the ability to properly use operating procedures, standard checklists, and safety rules.
  • While being suspended mid-water, blacked out, demonstrate the ability to tie seven of the most common knots used in the diving industry within a period of ten minutes or less.
  • Demonstrate diving proficiency in conducting a bottom search.
  • Demonstrate the ability to measure items located on the bottom using only diver's body parts
  • Demonstrate the ability to use underwater lift bags by properly attaching lift bags to selected items on the bottom and bring the item safely up or to the surface.
  • Join two suspended 8& pipe elbows, install a gasket and 8 studs and nuts, and tighten nuts, while working mid water. Studs or nuts dropped to the bottom will be found and recovered by the diver as part of his/her project time.
  • Demonstrate the ability to function as a dive team member
Course Requirements:

Dive Log Commercial Personal Dive Log – To properly record all dives
Personal Safety Equipment - Safety glasses, Hardhats, Work gloves (leather), Knife (big chief or rigging knife), Boots (steel toed), Work clothing (long pants, etc.), Hearing protection – Student provided
Personal Diving Equipment - Wet suit, weight belt and weights, fins, booties, gloves, 12& adjustable wrench, bottom boots, etc. – Student provided
Personal Equipment - Calculator and wristwatch divers.

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:

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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