CQUniversity Unit Profile
AVAT12007 General Aeronautical Knowledge (Commercial Pilot Licence)
General Aeronautical Knowledge (Commercial Pilot Licence)
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General Information

Overview

General Aeronautical Knowledge (Commercial Pilot Licence) will provide you with knowledge of small commercial aircraft power plants and systems. You will cover the aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's Commercial Pilot Licence General Aeronautical Knowledge syllabus. Topics you will study in depth include piston engine power plants and propellers. You will learn about aircraft electrical and hydraulic systems, fuel systems, and ice and rain protection systems. You will also become familiar with flight and navigation instruments.

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 - 2018

Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance

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. Group Work
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. Explain the operation and construction of aircraft piston engine power plants
  2. Describe the operation and performance characteristics of fixed and variable pitch propellers
  3. Describe the function of a typical small aircraft's mechanical system
  4. Explain the operation and function of a light aircraft undercarriage system
  5. Convert between the various airspeeds
  6. Explain the operation of the aircraft pressure and gyro flight instruments
  7. Discuss the basic operating principles of aeronautical radio systems.

N/A

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 - Group Work - 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 - Group Work - 40%
2 - Examination - 60%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Aircraft General Aeronautical Knowledge

Edition: Most recent available (Most recent offered)
Authors: Aviation Theory Centre
Aviation Theory Centre
Cheltenham Cheltenham , Victoria , Australia
ISBN: 1-875537-82-1
Binding: Other

Additional Textbook Information

You can order this textbook from the CQUniversity bookshop or you can order direct from the publisher here: https://aviationtheory.net.au/shop/private-and-commercial/aircraft-general-knowledge Picture of textbook cover: https://aviationtheory.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/ATB45-01.jpg

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
Sabitha Banu Unit Coordinator
s.banu@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 05 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Airframe


Chapter

Airframe

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 2 Begin Date: 12 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Reciprocating Engine

Chapter

Reciprocating Engine

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 3 Begin Date: 19 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Ignition, Carburetion

Chapter

Ignition, Carburetion

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 4 Begin Date: 26 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Lubrication, Cooling, and Supercharging

Chapter

Lubrication, Cooling, and Supercharging

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 5 Begin Date: 02 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Propellers

Chapter

Propellers

Events and Submissions/Topic


Vacation Week Begin Date: 09 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Enjoy your week off.  Remember that you have an assignment due in a few weeks and the exam at the end of the term.

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 6 Begin Date: 16 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Fuel System

Chapter

Fuel System

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 7 Begin Date: 23 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Electrical System

Chapter

Electrical System

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 8 Begin Date: 30 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Hydraulic Systems

Chapter

Hydraulics Systems

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 9 Begin Date: 07 May 2018

Module/Topic

Environmental Control and Fire Protection Systems

Chapter

Environmental Control and Fire Protection Systems

Events and Submissions/Topic

AVGAS Problem Due: Week 9 Monday (7 May 2018) 9:00 am AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 14 May 2018

Module/Topic

Flight Instruments

Chapter

Flight Instruments

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 11 Begin Date: 21 May 2018

Module/Topic

Flight Instruments continued

Chapter

Flight Instruments continued

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 12 Begin Date: 28 May 2018

Module/Topic

Automatic Flight

Chapter

Automatic Flight

Events and Submissions/Topic


Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 04 Jun 2018

Module/Topic

Review for Exam

Chapter

Review for Exam

Events and Submissions/Topic


Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Jun 2018

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Term Specific Information


Assessment Tasks

1 Group Work

Assessment Title
AVGAS Problem

Task Description

Task Description

This assignment will broaden your understanding of alternative fuel or propulsion systems. You will need to scan relevant literature (textbooks, websites, etc) to explain and discuss alternative fuel or propulsion systems for General Aviation. The main fuel source currently used in General Aviation is AVGAS. Experts agree that AVGAS availability is declining. Parts of the world don't have access to AVGAS. This is a concern to aviation as a large portion of General Aviation (GA) relies on AVGAS to operate. Electric power, Diesel/Kerosene (AVTUR), and many other fuels and propulsion systems are being explored.
Your paper should briefly cover the following areas:
Replacing AVGAS with alternative fuel or propulsion systems in General Aviation.
The paper will draw on sourced literature and other sources. (Hint: Use the Library's resource search and online journal databases, (eg., Ebscohost, books, videos, etc.)
Format
The paper is to be written in essay format, with an Introduction, Body, and Conclusion, and will be properly referenced using the Harvard Style. An abstract is required. Do not provide a table of contents. Pages should be numbered in Arabic numerals at the top right corner, except for the title page (no page number) and the abstract should have Roman numerals starting at ii. 1200 words maximum.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Monday (7 May 2018) 9:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Monday (4 June 2018)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Written Assessment

Assessment Criteria

Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the AVGAS problem and development of new fuels and propulsion systems to solve this problem. Extensive knowledge and understanding of the historical development of aviation as demonstrated by a well informed and critical discussion of the conditions and technological advances that will solve the AVGAS problem in General Aviation.

HD: Excellent and appropriate use of examples and good grasp of how technology can change GA from using primarily AVGAS to Alternative Fuels or propulsion systems to ensure the fuel source is sustainable.
D: Considerable knowledge and understanding of the fuel issues of aviation as demonstrated by a well informed and critical discussion of the conditions and technological advances which will lead to a sustainable fuel. Very good use of examples.
C: Appropriate use of examples of possible fuels and propulsion systems that can ensure General Aviaiton is Sustainable. Decent use of examples.
P: Basic knowledge and understanding of the alternative fuel development of aviation as demonstrated by a well informed and critical discussion of the conditions and technological advances that will lead to a sustainable fuel source.
P: Some use of examples and milestones. Little knowledge and understanding of the AVGAS problem of General Aviation as demonstrated by a well informed and critical discussion of the conditions and technological advances which lead to the development of a sustainable fuel for General Aviation.
F: No use of examples. No grasp of the subject on the AVGAS problem. No or limited references. Very poor referencing.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Must be submitted online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the operation and construction of aircraft piston engine power plants
  • Describe the operation and performance characteristics of fixed and variable pitch propellers
  • Describe the function of a typical small aircraft's mechanical system
  • Explain the operation and function of a light aircraft undercarriage system
  • Convert between the various airspeeds
  • Explain the operation of the aircraft pressure and gyro flight instruments
  • Discuss the basic operating principles of aeronautical radio systems.


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

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
60%

Length
90 minutes

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

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