CQUniversity Unit Profile
AVAT12008 Meteorology (Commercial Pilot Licence)
Meteorology (Commercial Pilot Licence)
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General Information

Overview

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.

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; AVAT11005 Aviation Physics and AVAT 11007-Flight Planning Performance and Operation-Private Pilot License (PPL).

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 - 2022

Brisbane
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: 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.

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 feedback form

Feedback

Insufficient assessment feedback

Recommendation

Develop a new marking rubric including sections for comments.

Feedback from Student feedback form

Feedback

Students desiring the introduction of quizzes

Recommendation

Introduce quizzes into the assessment items.

Feedback from Student feedback form

Feedback

Insufficient learning tasks throughout the semester

Recommendation

Introduce more learning tasks in the form of quizzes.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the model of International Standard Atmosphere
  2. Explain atmospheric characteristics and how temperature, pressure and density vary with altitude
  3. Classify cloud types and their associated weather
  4. Explain the motion of air masses and fronts, and the weather associated with each type
  5. Identify features on low level aviation meteorological charts
  6. Decode aviation meteorological forecasts and reports
  7. Identify the meteorological hazards for aviation including icing and visibility.

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

Textbooks

Prescribed

Manual of Aviation Meteorology

Secon Edition (2007)
Authors: Bureau of Meteorology
Air Services Australia, Locked Bag 8500, Canberra 2601.
Canberra Canberra , ACT , Australia
ISBN: 987-0-9578991-7-9
Binding: Other
Supplementary

Meteorology for the Private & Commercial Pilot Licences

Edition: Reprinted 2015 (2015)
Authors: Robson D, Whellum P, Waddell M.
Aviation Theory Centre Pty Ltd,
Brisbane Brisbane , Qld , Australia
ISBN: 978-1-875537-84-6
Binding: Other

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
Chris Bernecic Unit Coordinator
c.bernecic@cqu.edu.au
Aruna Ranganathan Unit Coordinator
a.ranganathan@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 07 Mar 2022

Module/Topic

The Atmosphere

Chapter

The Atmosphere

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 14 Mar 2022

Module/Topic

Air temperature and heat exchange processes

Chapter

Air temperature and heat exchange processes

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 21 Mar 2022

Module/Topic

Cloud types and associated weather

Chapter

Cloud types and associated weather

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 28 Mar 2022

Module/Topic

Air density

Chapter

Air density

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 04 Apr 2022

Module/Topic

Atmospheric pressure and stability of the atmosphere

Chapter

Atmospheric pressure and stability of the atmosphere

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 11 Apr 2022

Module/Topic

Vacation Week

Chapter

Vacation Week

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 18 Apr 2022

Module/Topic

Moist air and clouds

Chapter

Moist air and clouds

Events and Submissions/Topic

Mid -term exam


Mid term exam (40%) Due: Week 6 Wednesday (20 Apr 2022) 1:40 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 25 Apr 2022

Module/Topic

Wind, turbulence, synoptic charts, tropical weather

Chapter

Wind, turbulence, synoptic charts, tropical weather

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 02 May 2022

Module/Topic

Thunderstorms, aircraft icing, visibility

Chapter

Thunderstorms, aircraft icing, visibility

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 09 May 2022

Module/Topic

Weather systems and patterns

Chapter

Weather systems and patterns

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 16 May 2022

Module/Topic

Meteorological services, reports, forecasts, satellite images, interpretation of charts

Chapter

Meteorological services, reports, forecasts, satellite images, interpretation of charts

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 23 May 2022

Module/Topic

Adverse weather, volcanic ash, tropopause, weather radar

Chapter

Adverse weather, volcanic ash, tropopause, weather radar

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 30 May 2022

Module/Topic

High-level weather conditions

Chapter

High-level weather conditions

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 06 Jun 2022

Module/Topic

Revision of unit material

Chapter

Revision of unit material

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 13 Jun 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Mid term exam (40%)

Task Description

The mid-term exam will cover topics covered in weeks 1-5. There will be 40 questions worth 1 mark each.

The quiz will be on Wednesday 20th April 2022 starting at 1.40 pm (1340)


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Wednesday (20 Apr 2022) 1:40 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Wednesday (27 Apr 2022)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

The mid-term exam will cover topics covered in weeks 1-5


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

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.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

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

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