CQUniversity Unit Profile
AVAT12006 Aerodynamics (Commercial Pilot Licence)
Aerodynamics (Commercial Pilot Licence)
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General Information

Overview

Aerodynamics (Commercial Pilot Licence) will provide you with the knowledge of aerodynamics relevant for low altitude, sub-sonic flight in piston engine aircraft. You will cover the aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Commercial Pilot Licence aerodynamics syllabus. You will study the aerodynamic properties of an aerofoil and how it produces lift and drag. You will also study the forces and moments acting on an aeroplane in flight and how these affect an aeroplane's stability and controllability. Normal and abnormal flight characteristics and performance will also be studied.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: AVAT11002 Basic Aeronautical Knowledge; AVAT11003 Basic Aeronautical Practice and AVAT11005 Aviation Physics.

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 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. 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 Student evaluation

Feedback

Assessment feedback was insufficient.

Recommendation

Assessment answers to be discussed in tutorials after assessment return.

Feedback from Student evaluation

Feedback

Assessment requirements were not clear

Recommendation

Assessment descriptions be reviewed and updated and the assessment marking rubric be made more specific.

Feedback from Student evaluation.

Feedback

Assessment was not returned on time.

Recommendation

Change assessment due dates to align better with UC/marker availability.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the aerodynamic properties of an aerofoil
  2. Apply the Coanda effect and Bernoulli's theorem to demonstrate and calculate how an aerofoil produces lift and drag
  3. Examine the forces and moments acting on an aircraft in all stages of flight
  4. Discuss the factors that affect stability and control of an aircraft in flight
  5. Determine the performance aspects of power, weight and speed in flight manoeuvres
  6. Explain the factors that affect the stall and spin characteristics of an aeroplane.

N/A. No external accreditation

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
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
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

Supplementary

Aerodynamics for the Private and Commercial Pilot Licences

Aviation Theory Centre
Brisbane Brisbane , Queensland , Australia
ISBN: 978-1-875537-83-9
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Recommended text book: Aerodynamics for the Private and Commercial Pilot Licences.
Referencing Style

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

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Richard Faulkner Unit Coordinator
r.faulkner@cqu.edu.au
Aruna Ranganathan Unit Coordinator
a.ranganathan@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Introduction, Atmosphere, ISA, Terminology 1.

Chapter

Aerodynamics: Chapter 1.

Events and Submissions/Topic

None

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Terminology 2, Bernoulli, Coanda, Newton laws, Airspeed.

Chapter

Aerodynamics: Chapter 1.

Events and Submissions/Topic

None

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Lift - 4 forces, CP, pressure distribution around aerofoils, aoa.

Chapter

Aerodynamics: Chapter 1.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 1 available

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Drag.

Chapter

Aerodynamics: Chapter 1.

Events and Submissions/Topic

None

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Flight controls, aerodynamic balancing, straight and level, climb, pitching moments.

Chapter

Aerodynamics: Chapters 3 and 5.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 1 due

Quiz 2 available

Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

No lectures.

Chapter

Revise Chapters 1 - 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

None

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Descent, turns, stall.

Chapter

Aerodynamics: Chapters 5, 6 and 8.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 2 due

Quiz 3 available

Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Spin, Spiral Dive, Taxi, Takeoff, Landing.

Chapter

Aerodynamics: Chapters 7 and 8.

Events and Submissions/Topic

None

Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Stability and Control 1.

Chapter

Aerodynamics: Chapter 4.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 3 due

Quiz 4 available

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Stability and Control 2.

Chapter

Aerodynamics: Chapter 4.

Events and Submissions/Topic

None

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Wake turbulence, Aircraft Limitations.

Chapter

Aerodynamics: Chapter 7.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 5 due

Quiz 6 available

Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Application of Aerodynamics.

Chapter

Aerodynamics: Chapters 1 and 3 to 8.

Events and Submissions/Topic

None

Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Review.

Chapter

Aerodynamics: Chapters 1 and 3 to 8.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 6 due

Assignment due



Written Assessment Due: Week 12 Friday (4 June 2021) 12:00 am AEST
Review / Exam Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Review / final exam.

Chapter

Aerodynamics: Chapters 1 and 3 to 8.

Events and Submissions/Topic

None

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Final exam.

Chapter

Aerodynamics: Chapters 1 and 3 to 8.

Events and Submissions/Topic

None

Term Specific Information

Easter Monday clashes with Lecture 5. This lecture will be rescheduled.

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

Aim of the assignment

To broaden your understanding of knowledge presented in the unit.

Assignment Description

Select an aircraft accident pertaining to a light aircraft (maximum gross takeoff weight of 12,500 lb (5,670 kg) or less).

Ensure that the accident involves an element relating to aerodynamics. For example, loss of control due to stall or spin. As another example, the primary cause of an accident may be due to lack of training or pilot fatigue, which gave rise to a loss of situational awareness after which the aircraft entered a deep stall and crashed.

Critically analyse the accident. Include in your paper:

· Accident description (what, when, why, etc);

· The aerodynamics and systems factors contributing to this accident;

· The safety analysis and recommendations.

If there is limited information available about the accident, you may expression your own opinion but ensure you justify your reasoning.

Since there is an element of Team Work in this assignment, you may work within a team to discuss your methodology. However, each student is required to submit a unique paper, which is subject to the standard plagiarism policies.

Resources

Use on-line aircraft accident databases to find relevant accidents. For example:

https://www.atsb.gov.au/

https://aviation-safety.net/database/

https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/index.aspx

http://www.aviation-accidents.net/

There are many other databases.

Format

The paper should be written in a report format with a title page, executive summary, table of contents,  introduction, main body (can be subdivided if appropriate), conclusion / recommendations.

Referencing required is Harvard style.

Include number the pages, word count and a table of contents.

Use Calibri (Body) 11 font.

Assessment

Refer to the Rubric marking matrix on Moodle.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (4 June 2021) 12:00 am AEST

Return as pdf or Word file, may depend on Moodle.


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (18 June 2021)

Return as normal through the Moodle site


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Refer to the Rubric.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the aerodynamic properties of an aerofoil
  • Apply the Coanda effect and Bernoulli's theorem to demonstrate and calculate how an aerofoil produces lift and drag
  • Examine the forces and moments acting on an aircraft in all stages of flight
  • Discuss the factors that affect stability and control of an aircraft in flight
  • Determine the performance aspects of power, weight and speed in flight manoeuvres
  • Explain the factors that affect the stall and spin characteristics of an aeroplane.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

2 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
ONLINE QUIZZES

Task Description

Complete the online quizzes. There are 6 quizzes in total


Number of Quizzes

6


Frequency of Quizzes

Fortnightly


Assessment Due Date

The due dates are given on the weekly Lecture schedule on the unit Moodle site


Return Date to Students

To be shown on the unit Moodle site within one week of the closing date


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

There is one mark for each correctly answered quiz question. Each quiz has 10 questions.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Access to the Quizzes is via the unit Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply the Coanda effect and Bernoulli's theorem to demonstrate and calculate how an aerofoil produces lift and drag
  • Explain the factors that affect the stall and spin characteristics of an aeroplane.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • 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
50

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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