CQUniversity Unit Profile
AVAT11002 Basic Aeronautical Knowledge
Basic Aeronautical Knowledge
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Corrections

Unit Profile Correction added on 16-04-21

The existing pass mark for the Final Examination for this unit is 70%.

This is a unit of an undergraduate program (CL09) at University level.

CL09 program has not gained equivalence from CASA; and hence the application of "70%" as pass marks is not justified.

All the other units in CL09 have a pass mark of 50% in the final Examination.

So, the pass mark for the Final Examination of this unit will be reduced from 70% to 50%.

General Information

Overview

This unit will provide you with basic aeronautical knowledge of small general aviation aircraft. You will calculate basic take-off and landing performance and weight and balance information. Other factors that affect flying such as local weather, will be examined. You will develop knowledge of aerodynamics and aircraft power plants and systems. In this unit, you will cover the aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Syllabus applicable to the Recreational Pilot Licence. This will allow you to sit the Recreational Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) Examination which is a prerequisite for attempting the flight test for the Recreational Pilot Licence.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 12
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2021

Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Perth

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
3. Examination
Weighting: 60%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Self/Students

Feedback

Slides too busy.

Recommendation

Reduce the number of points on a slide. David has reduced the number of slides and has reduced the number of points of most slides.

Feedback from Students/Staff

Feedback

Tutorials to have actual CASA type questions.

Recommendation

Tutorials and quizzes to include CASA exam type questions. David has included CASA exam type questions in the tutorials. However, with the changes made in the CASA RPL exam, there needs to be more questions around Meteorology and Navigation.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Communicate basic aviation terminology
  2. Describe the basics of aircraft power plants and systems
  3. Explain the basic aerodynamic principles of flight
  4. Calculate basic take-off and landing performance information
  5. Calculate basic weight and balance information
  6. Examine local weather information
  7. Describe local flight rules and procedures.

N/A. There is no external accreditation for this course.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
3 - Examination - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
3 - Examination - 60%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Aviation Theory Basic Aeronautical Knowledge for the RPL

Fourth Edition (2018)
Authors: David Robson
Aviation Theory Centre Pty Ltd
Brisbane Brisbane , Qld , Australia
ISBN: 978-1-875537-24-2
Binding: Hardcover

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
David Jensen Unit Coordinator
d.jensen@cqu.edu.au
Michael Malouf Unit Coordinator
m.malouf@cqu.edu.au
Larry Webster Unit Coordinator
l.webster2@cqu.edu.au
Paul St Quintin Unit Coordinator
p.stquintin@cqu.edu.au
Aruna Ranganathan Unit Coordinator
a.ranganathan@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Aircraft and Terminology

Chapter

Aircraft and Terminology

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial

Quiz 1 TBA

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Radio Communications

Chapter

Radio Communications

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial

Quiz 2 TBA

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Structure, Propulsion, Fuel systems

Chapter

Structure, Propulsion, Fuel systems

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial

Quiz 3 TBA

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Electrical, Hydraulic systems and Instruments

Chapter

Electrical, Hydraulic systems and Instruments

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial

Quiz 4 TBA

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Air Law

Chapter

Air Law

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial

Quiz 5 TBA

Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Aerodynamics- Basics

Chapter

Aerodynamics- Basics

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial

Quiz 6 TBA

Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Aerodynamics- Performance

Chapter

Aerodynamics- Performance

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial

Quiz 7 TBA

Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Human Factors

Chapter

Human Factors

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial

Quiz 8 TBA

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Meteorology

Chapter

Meteorology

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial

Quiz 9 TBA

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Loading     

Chapter

Loading

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial

Quiz 10 TBA

Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Take-off and Landing performance

Chapter

Take-off and Landing performance

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial

Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Navigation

Chapter

Navigation

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment 2: Written assignment regarding the loading, weight and balance of an aircraft, and take-off and landing performance. Must be returned on-line at a date to be advised (no later than 11.59pm)


Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

This is a written assignment that tests your knowledge on loading an aircraft in terms of weight and balance, and also analyses your ability to use take-off and landing performance charts. More specifically, this will test your understanding of Moments, how to use loading system Bravo, how to calculate weight shifting, and how to use Take-off and Landing performance charts for Piper and Cessna aircraft. 


Assessment Due Date

To be completed and submitted on the Friday following the lecture/tutorial from week 12. Late submissions will not acquire any mark


Return Date to Students

Two weeks after the due date


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

This is a written assignment worth 20% of grade, and tests your knowledge on loading an aircraft in terms of weight and balance, and also analyses your ability to use take-off and landing performance charts. There are a total of 5 questions each worth 4% of grade. 


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the basics of aircraft power plants and systems
  • Examine local weather information
  • Describe local flight rules and procedures.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

2 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
10 Quizzes

Task Description

Each Quiz is sat online on a day to be advised following the relevant lecture. On that day the Quiz portal is open between 6.00am and 9.00pm

You have 20 minutes to complete the quiz from the time you open it

- Summary of quizzes

1. Quiz 1 - Chapters 1 & 3 - Aircraft and Terminology

2. Quiz 2 - Chapter 2 - Communication

3. Quiz 3 - Chapter 4 - Aircraft General Knowledge: Structure, Propulsion, Fuel systems

4. Quiz 4 - Chapter 4 - Aircraft General Knowledge- Electrical & Hydraulic Systems and Instruments

5. Quiz 5 - Chapter 5 - Air Law and Procedures of Flight

6. Quiz 6 - Chapter 6 - Aerodynamics-Basics: Theories and Practice of flight

7. Quiz 7 - Chapter 6 - Aerodynamics-Performance

8. Quiz 8 - Chapter 8 - Human Factors

9. Quiz 9 - Chapter 7 & 9 - Meteorology

10. Quiz 10 - Chapter 10 - Loading


Number of Quizzes

10


Frequency of Quizzes

Weekly


Assessment Due Date

Quiz to be completed on-line on the date stipulated. The quiz will be open from 6.00am -9.00pm but once you start the quiz you have only 20 minutes to complete it


Return Date to Students

At the end of each quiz you will automatically be given your mark out of 10.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The assessment will comprise 10 weekly quizzes. Each quiz will consist of 10 questions and each question is worth 1 mark. The total mark from all 10 quizzes is 100, and is worth 20% of the final grade.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Communicate basic aviation terminology
  • Explain the basic aerodynamic principles of flight
  • Calculate basic take-off and landing performance information
  • Calculate basic weight and balance information
  • Examine local weather information


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
60%

Length
120 minutes

Minimum mark or grade
70

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only
Closed Book
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