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Unit Profile Correction added on 06-05-20
Due to COVID-19, formal examinations have been cancelled. In this unit, the eaxm will be replaced by an online test.
More details will be available on Moodle. The learning outcomes assessed are unchanged.
Meteorology (Commercial Pilot Licence) will provide you with knowledge of low altitude meteorology applicable to aviation operations. You will cover the aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) meteorology syllabus. You will study the atmosphere, its structure, composition and dynamics. You will learn how temperature, pressure and density vary with altitude and how this affects your ability to pilot an aircraft. Cloud types and their associated weather will be identified and classified. You will also learn how to read meteorological charts.
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
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).
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.
Recognition and explanation of meteorological symbols and abbreviations;
Discussion in essay form,of a particular meteorological phoenomina
This assignment requires students to identify and apply meteorological symbols and abbreviatoins that are used in the day to day presentation of weather and forecasts as sighted by the aviation industry. Familiarity with these elements enable you to perform the preflight duties required of pilots prior to flight.
You will be required to present, in essay form, a particular feature of meteorology after undertaking the necessary research and applicaiotn of knowlege acquired during the semester. You must be able to identify the initial factors of development, impact of the phenomina on flight operations and subsequent dissipation/passing of the phenomina.
This assignment must be submitted in Turnitin in moodle.
Your assignment must be produced in electronic format (either as (a) a single page word-processed document, (b) single page Publisher document saved in a pdf format, or (c) as a single PowerPoint slide saved in a pdf format) and should be submitted through the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file following the on-screen instructions. Note; that all submissions are processed through the similarity detection software (called Turnitin), hence the requirement to submit the Publisher or Powerpoint documents as pdf files. You must ensure that all of the work is your own, in line with University requirements.
You must ensure that all of the work submitted is your own, in line with University Policy requirements.
Assessment Due Date
Return Date to Students
Via moodle site
Minimum mark or grade
High distinction standard
* the answer is very well written and clearly expressed
* there is a demonstrated appreciation and understanding of the issues involved
* the answer is well structured and logically organised
* demonstrated mastery of referencing system
* there is evidence of a comprehensive analysis of the issues
* conclusions are backed by well-reasoned arguments demonstrating a detailed insight and analysis of issues
* comprehensive coverage of all relevant issues
* the answer is well written and expressed
* the answer is structured and logical
* the issues have been reasonably well identified and appreciated
* there is correct use of referencing
* issues have been analysed
** there is a comprehensive coverage of the issues
*the answer is generally well written and expressed
* the answer is structured and sequential
* referencing is satisfactory
* issues are identified and addressed
* there has been an attempt to analyse some of the issues
* the coverage of issues is reasonably comprehensive often with a good treatment and analysis of
* depth of treatment is often lacking in some of the issues.
* the answer is able to be followed and understood
* the answer could perhaps be better organised and structured
* the referencing may need improvement
* issues may need to be identified and addressed in more depth
* analysis when present may be incorrect
* sometimes the conclusions reached are simple
* there may be quantities of material of marginal relevance included in the answer.
* the answer may be significantly short of the required length
* the written expression is poor and difficult to understand
* the answer is poorly organised
* there has been a failure to identify and address the issues in the question
* referencing is generally inadequate
* the reasoning and application demonstrated is poor
This assignment must be submitted via Turnitin in moodle.
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Describe the model of International Standard Atmosphere
Explain atmospheric characteristics and how temperature, pressure and density vary with altitude
Classify cloud types and their associated weather
Explain the motion of air masses and fronts, and the weather associated with each type
Identify features on low level aviation meteorological charts
Decode aviation meteorological forecasts and reports
Identify the meteorological hazards for aviation including icing and visibility.
Information Technology Competence
Complete an invigilated examination
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre
Minimum mark or grade
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
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