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AVAT12007 General Aeronautical Knowledge (Commercial Pilot Licence)
General Aeronautical Knowledge (Commercial Pilot Licence)
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Unit Profile Correction added on 08-05-20

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, formal examinations have been cancelled for 2020 Term 1. The final examination in this unit will be replaced by an online test. More details will be available on Moodle. The learning outcomes assessed are unchanged.

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 - 2020

Bundaberg
Cairns
Online

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 Instructor observation.

Feedback

More emphasis on revision time, unit review and exam preparation.

Recommendation

A full tutorial was conducted during week 13. Many students appeared not to attend or view the tutorial. The lecturer will place more emphasis on the importance of this final tutorial.

Feedback from Unit Coordinator.

Feedback

The unit included 6 voluntary quizzes. Many students did not attempt the quizzes. The quizzes were designed to review and consolidate subject areas and act as exam preparation.

Recommendation

The quizzes should be made compulsory.

Feedback from Student feedback/instructor observation.

Feedback

Some students said they felt the unit content was too detailed, whilst others stated that they had already covered some of the material in previous units.

Recommendation

The unit was designed to review and consolidate material presented in previous units, and also extended and build upon previous learning. The lecturer should emphasis this during the first lecturer. The unit coordinator believes that a 'happy medium' between the review and presenting new material was achieved, whilst ensuring that all the learning objectives were met.

Feedback from Unit Coordinator.

Feedback

The unit was 'inherited' and there were some areas where the presentation material contained only sufficient detail. Also, there were many formatting inconsistencies.

Recommendation

The unit was enhanced and tidied up in a very short period of time to ensure that all learning objectives were clearly met. Although student feedback was very positive, the unit coordinator will continue to enhance the material in certain areas to 'add value' and improve appearance.

Feedback from Unit Coordinator.

Feedback

Enhanced learning through virtual reality.

Recommendation

The unit coordinator is currently researching/developing flight simulator and flight deck virtual reality. Initial student feedback (and staff feedback) of the virtual reality is very positive. It is believed that virtual reality will greatly enhance the student learning experience and will be included as much as possible when this unit is taught again.

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. 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 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

Aircraft General Knowledge

Aviation Theory Centre
Brisbane Brisbane , Queensland , Australia
ISBN: 978-1-875537-14-3
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Copies can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Recommended book: Aircraft General Knowledge for the CASA PPL/CPL Day VFR Syllabus.
Referencing Style

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

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Aruna Ranganathan Unit Coordinator
a.ranganathan@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Powerplant and systems 1.

Chapter

Aircraft General Knowledge: Chapter 2.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Powerplant and systems 2.

Chapter

Aircraft General Knowledge: Chapter 2.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Lubrication, Cooling and Supercharging.

Chapter

Aircraft General Knowledge: Chapters 5 and 6.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Fuel System.

Chapter

Aircraft General Knowledge: Chapter 4 and 8. 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Electrical System, fire protection and climate control.

Chapter

Aircraft General Knowledge: Chapters 3, 9, 11 and 12.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

No lectures.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Hydraulic Systems.

Chapter

Aircraft General Knowledge: Chapter 10.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Propellers.

Chapter

Aircraft General Knowledge: Chapter 7.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Flight Instruments.

Chapter

Aircraft General Knowledge: Chapters 13, 14 and 15.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Automatic Flight.

Chapter

Aircraft General Knowledge: Chapter 16.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Aeronautical radio telephony.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Radio waves.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Week 11 Friday (29 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Review.

Chapter

Aircraft General Knowledge: Chapters 2 to 16.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Review / final exam.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Quizzes Due: Review/Exam Week Friday (12 June 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Final exam.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

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

Perform a comparative study of the Cessna 172 and PA 28 airplanes and make recommendations of the suitability of each aircraft for different types of operations.

Submit a report that contains:

· A brief summary/overview/history of the aircraft;

· A discussion (comparative study). Include design, systems, performance, weight and balance, capacity, range, endurance, etc.;

· Conclusion and recommendations.

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

As required.

Format

The paper should be written in a report format with a title page, executive summary, introduction, main body and 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 11 Friday (29 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (19 June 2020)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Refer to Rubric on Moodle.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the function of a typical small aircraft's mechanical system
  • Explain the operation and function of a light aircraft undercarriage system
  • Explain the operation of the aircraft pressure and gyro flight instruments
  • Discuss the basic operating principles of aeronautical radio systems.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical practice

2 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quizzes

Task Description

Complete the online quizzes.


Number of Quizzes


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Friday (12 June 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

No Assessment Criteria


Referencing Style

Submission
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
  • Explain the operation and function of a light aircraft undercarriage system
  • Convert between the various airspeeds
  • Discuss the basic operating principles of aeronautical radio systems.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical practice

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
60%

Length
90 minutes

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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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.

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What is a breach of academic integrity?

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Why is academic integrity important?

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