CQUniversity Unit Profile
AVAT11005 Aviation Physics
Aviation Physics
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General Information


Aviation Physics will introduce you to areas of applied physics relevant to aviation. You will discover the theory behind mechanics, AC and DC circuits, fluid dynamics and waves and their practical application to aviation. Further, you will apply this theory to aerodynamics, aircraft systems and navigation. The theory will be used to aid calculations in flight planning, performance and loading.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

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 2 - 2018


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).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

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

Assessment Overview

1. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 40%
2. 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.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Perform simple calculations in basic mechanics
  2. Explain conservation of energy and momentum
  3. Use Newton's Laws to explain motion
  4. Perform simple calculations in basic fluid mechanics
  5. Describe the effects of electric and magnetic field
  6. Explain DC and AC circuits
  7. Describe the propagation of waves.


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 - Practical Assessment - 40%
2 - 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 - Practical Assessment - 40%
2 - Examination - 60%
Textbooks and Resources



Conceptual Physics ( Book Only )

Edition: 12th edn (2014)
Authors: Hewitt , Paul
Pearson Australia
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9781292057132
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

The textbook is available through the CQUniversity Bookshop here.

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
Deepa Rijal Unit Coordinator
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Jul 2018


Science Basics + Introductory concepts on Newton's first law of motion-Inertia


Conceptual Physics - Chapter 1 and 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Jul 2018


Linear motion, newton's second and third laws of motion,  


Conceptual Physics - Chapters 3, 4 and 5 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on contents from week 1

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Jul 2018


Momentum, Energy, Work


Conceptual Physics- Chapters 6, and  7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on contents from week 2

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Jul 2018


Rotational motion , Gravity


Conceptual Physics- Chapters 8 and 9, 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on contents from week 3 lecture

Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Aug 2018


Properties of matter, Pressure in fluids -liquids 


Conceptual Physics-Chapter 12 and 13 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on contents from week 4 lecture

Practical assessment due end of week 5  - Part 1  

Due: Week 5 Friday (10 Aug 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Aug 2018



Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Aug 2018


Pressure in gases, atmospheric pressure, gas laws, temperature and heat


Conceptual Physics Chapter 14, 15, 16

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on contents from week 5 lecture

Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Aug 2018


Vibrations and waves, sound in air, sound intensity and loudness


Conceptual Physics- chapter 19, 20, 21

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on contents from week 6 lecture

Week 8 Begin Date: 03 Sep 2018



Electrostatics, electric currents, electric circuits


Conceptual Physics -chapters 22, 23

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on contents from week 7 lecture

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 Sep 2018


Magnetism, Electromagnetic induction


Conceptual Physics- chapters 24, 25

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on contents from week 8 lecture

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 Sep 2018


Light, electromagnetic spectrum, reflection and refraction


Conceptual Physics- Chapters 26- 28

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on contents from week 9 lecture

Week 11 Begin Date: 24 Sep 2018


Consolidation and revision in preparation for exam and residential school


Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on contents from week 10 lecture

Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Oct 2018


Residential school


Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical Assessment - Part 2 - 20%

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Oct 2018



Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Oct 2018



Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
No Assessment Title

Task Description

Assessment Part 1

The main objective of this assessment is for students to demonstrate their ability to:

Identify principles and relevant physics concepts in particular situation in a question

Use concepts in a logical manner to solve a problem

Articulate reasoning using correct terminology, science conventions and concepts.

This assessment will consist true or false statements, word problems and short answer questions.

The assessment will be based on lectures and study materials covering weeks 1-4. There will not be any specific word count. However, the answer should be succinct and to the point.

Part 1 of this assessment will be worth 20%

Part 2 of the assessment will be worth 20 % which will be completed during residential school in week 12.

Note: Grades for Part 2 of the assessment will be released during certification of grades. 

Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (10 Aug 2018) 11:45 pm AEST

Return Date to Students

Week 8 Friday (7 Sept 2018)


Minimum mark or grade

Assessment Criteria

Following criteria will be assessed in responses:

Correct use of terminology

Correct use of science conventions

Correct use of relevant concepts, theories and principles

Use of logical and sequential step by step approach in answering questions and word problems

Accurate use of references when necessary.

The length and depth of the answer should be based on the the number of marks allocated for each question as per marking rubric.

Referencing Style

Online Group

Submission Instructions
word document or pdf file, 12 point font, Times New Roman or 11 point font in Arial. Headers with student name and number and footers with Unit code and page numbers are required.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Perform simple calculations in basic mechanics
  • Perform simple calculations in basic fluid mechanics
  • Explain DC and AC circuits

Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work


Complete an invigilated examination

During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre


180 minutes

Minimum mark or grade

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

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?