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CL06 - Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations)

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Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

The Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) will prepare you for a career as a commercial pilot. You will gain the academic and aeronautical knowledge required to achieve a Commercial Pilot Licence and Command Instrument Rating.

In the first year of your study, you will fly solo in the circuit area of the training aerodrome. You will learn about unmanned aerial vehicles as well as the physics of aviation and basic aeronautics. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of computer programming as well as the laws that are relevant to aviation.

During your second year, you will learn the aerodynamics, aeronautical knowledge, meteorology, navigation, flight planning, and weight and balance required by a commercial pilot. You will learn about the human factors that impact commercial pilots. You will also cover flight planning and navigation both visually and using instruments.

If you wish to become a commercial pilot you will need to complete the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) in addition to the Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations). All practical flight training components after your first solo flight are delivered in the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations). You will not be eligible for enrolment in the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) until you have successfully completed the first term of the Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations). Please check the Student Handbook for detailed information regarding the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations).

Career Information

This course prepares you for aviation careers in the air transportation industry as a commercial pilot.

When you graduate with the Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) you will meet the aeronautical knowledge requirements for careers as a commercial pilot in the air transportation industry. When studied in conjunction with CQUniversity’s Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) you would normally be legally qualified to work as a professional commercial pilot and have access to aviation careers in the air transportation industry, or a cadetship/traineeship offered by some airlines. You may also be eligible to apply for the Australian Defence Force which recruits potential pilots for all services. With additional flight training you can explore opportunities in general aviation such as; flight instructing, tourism operations and agricultural operations such as mustering and crop spraying.

Course Details
Duration 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 96
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) ADAvFlightOps
AQF Level Level 6: Associate Degree

Admission Codes

Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2021

Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Perth

Term 1 - 2021

Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Perth

Term 2 - 2020

Bundaberg
Cairns
Online

Term 1 - 2020

Bundaberg
Cairns
Online

Term 2 - 2019

Bundaberg
Cairns
Online

Term 1 - 2019

Bundaberg
Cairns
Online

Term 1 - 2018

Bundaberg
Cairns
Distance
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2021

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2021

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Term 2 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold SR 65 | ATAR 59.9
Rank Cut-Off OP 17 | SR 65 | ATAR 59.9
Entry Requirements

English Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • tertiary diploma level qualification, or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of al least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Score of 180 or above; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above; or
  • Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) - 70% with no individual component score of less than 15.

English test results remain valid for o more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

OP Maths

OP Physics

OP English

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CL11 - Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations)
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Compulsory residential schools will be required for the laboratory and presentation components in certain units.
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2020 26
2019 20
2018 7
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Demonstrating respect for cultural and professional diversity as well as individual differences and capacities in the aviation industry.
  • Complying with the requirement under the Aviation Act to be a fit and proper person.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Successfully processing your own emotions and behaviour when dealing with stressful situations that can arise in the aviation environment.
  • Maintaining behavioural stability through successfully distinguishing your own personal behaviours, experiences and emotions from others and situations in a professional setting.
  • Being reflective with personal behaviours appropriate to professional performance and being positive and receptive to processing constructive supervisor/lecturer/peer feedback or criticism.
  • Complying with the behavioural requirements to be a fit and proper person under the Aviation Act.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Complying with the relevant workplace policies and practices in the aviation industry.
  • Complying with university and workplace policy with the use of social media, online discussion forums, email and other electronic forms of communication.
  • Complying with the policies and practices of organisations in which you may be placed or find employment.
  • Complying with the Aviation Act and Regulations.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Verbally communicating in English your aviation knowledge with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Actively participating in discussion and course activities with appropriate use and command of language to the context.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual, group or workplace.
  • Establishing rapport with all stakeholders in the delivery of aviation practice and responding appropriately to stakeholders and other professionals.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions, body movements and gestures, being mindful of space boundaries.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and responding appropriately during activities related to the course and in aviation practice.
  • Adopting non-threatening body language during challenging and/or stressful situations with others.
  • Competently and appropriately producing written assessment work in a logical, coherent manner, and with correct grammar and punctuation to the required academic standards.
  • Expressing complex and detailed information and knowledge in logical and legible formats, in a timely manner that meets professional standards and clearly communicates the intended message.
  • Accurately conveying and documenting information in a written form to develop and execute a case or cohesive argument that meets academic, professional and aviation practice requirements.
  • Competently using a desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X.
  • Using a computer with sufficient computer skills to engage in on -line learning, reading, initiating and responding to emails and other forms of electronic communication, and completing relevant assessments for the course. This includes being able to regularly access the Internet for coursework and research.
  • Competently using productivity software such as Microsoft Office, and operate associated electronic technologies in the contemporary academic and aviation environment.
  • Analysing, manipulating and displaying scientific information using a variety of specific programs relevant to aviation practice.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge and evidence in response to academic assessment items and in the aviation organisation in which you may be placed or find employment.
  • Completing academic learning activities and assessment tasks, and perform aviation skills within reasonable set time-frames.
  • Constructing written text proficiently, in English, using appropriate vocabulary, correct grammar and conventions of speech, including being able to paraphrase, summarise and reference in accordance with appropriate academic and professional conventions.
  • competently reading, writing and accurately interpreting information to convey language effectively in aviation practice.
  • Completing documentation that is accurate, clear and concise.
  • Demonstrating competency in applying mathematics knowledge and numeracy skills to accurately read and interpret various measurements.
  • Demonstrating effective use of mathematics knowledge and numeracy skills in the application of aviation practice.
  • Demonstrating competency in manipulating and analysing numerical data.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Having sufficient visual acuity to accurately measure and assess.
  • Having sufficient visual acuity to work in a team-based aviation environment.
  • Having sufficient visual acuity to identify hazards to self and others.
  • Perceiving fine detail on a computer screen and/or mobile/portable device.
  • Discerning an object from its background.
  • Having sufficient auditory capacity to hear verbal communication from other professionals in the delivery of aviation practice.
  • Having sufficient auditory capacity to work in a team-based aviation environment where verbal and non-verbal communication is essential to practice.
  • Having sufficient auditory capacity to capture auditory warning circumstances, movements or signals where other senses may not detect such stimuli.
  • Interacting with a computer through input devices such as a mouse or keyboard.
  • Correctly and successfully interacting with electronic and fixed position devices to perform aviation requirements.
Relational Skills

Examples are:

  • Having sufficient relationship skills to undertake flight training on aircraft and in the simulator.


Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Having sufficient reflective skills to be able to analyse and reflect upon flight and theory lessons.


Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating safely and effectively in intensive aviation tasks that require sustained level of physical energy and concentration over a long duration.
  • Actively participating in a variety of aviation tasks in both indoor and outdoor environments.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Incorporating a range of gross motor skills while participating effectively in aviation activities.
  • Moving with ease while undertaking aviation activities.
  • Working safely and effectively in a variety of physical environments applicable to aviation practice.
  • Using a variety of fine motor skills in various aviation activities.
  • Interacting with a computer through input devices such as a mouse or keyboard.
  • Correctly and successfully interacting with electronic and fixed position devices to perform aviation requirements.
Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • Respectfully and successfully interacting with flight providers, airport staff and other aviation professionals.


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

Examples are:

  • Correctly and successfully interacting with computers and associated devices to perform aviation requirements.


Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply new and existing technology and concepts encountered in the aviation industry in the role of a commercial pilot
  • 2. Demonstrate teamwork and communication skills required of a commercial pilot
  • 3. Reflect on the professional and ethical responsibilities of a commercial pilot from a national and international perspective
  • 4. Evaluate and solve problems encountered in the role of a commercial pilot
  • 5. Operate an aeroplane in the circuit area of the training aerodrome independently.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5
1. KNOWLEDGE Have broad theoretical and technical knowledge with some depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to identify, analyse and evaluate information and concepts from a range of sources
3. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative thinking skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge and ideas with some depth in a discipline
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, communication and analytical skills to interpret and transmit responses to sometimes complex problems
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to make a clear and coherent presentation of knowledge and ideas with some intellectual independence
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in paraprofessional practice
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in a range of contexts and/or for further studies in one or more disciplines
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt fundamental principles, concepts and techniques to known and unknown situations
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 13 Total credit points: 96

After successfully completing Term 1 of Year 1 you will be able to make an appointment to see the Head of Course to determine your suitability to enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations). After successfully completing the first year of the ADAv (Flight Operations) you will be able to exit with a Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations).

First Year

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AVAT11002 Basic Aeronautical Knowledge
AVAT11003 Basic Aeronautical Practice
AVAT11004 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
AVAT11005 Aviation Physics
COIT11222 Programming Fundamentals
AVAT11006 Aviation Law

Second Year

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AVAT12006 Aerodynamics (Commercial Pilot Licence)
AVAT12007 General Aeronautical Knowledge (Commercial Pilot Licence)
AVAT12009 Navigation (Commercial Pilot Licence)
AVAT12008 Meteorology (Commercial Pilot Licence)
AVAT12010 Flight Planning, Performance and Loading (Commercial Pilot Licence)
AVAT12011 Aviation Human Factors (Commercial Pilot Licence)
AVAT12012 Instrument Flight Rules and Procedures
More Details

Credit for Prior Learning - CL06 – Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations)

 

Students who hold a Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL), Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) can be awarded credit for the following units in the CL06 Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations):


  • AVAT11002 Basic Aeronautical Knowledge
  • AVAT11003 Basic Aeronautical Practice

Additional Credit

 

Students who hold a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and have an examination pass mark equal to or more than 85% for the corresponding CASA examination can be awarded additional credit for the following units:


  • AVAT12006 Aerodynamics
  • AVAT12007 General Aeronautical Knowledge
  • AVAT12008 Meteorology
  • AVAT12009 Navigation

 

Students are required to produce evidence of this through their Knowledge Deficiency Report (KDR)

 

If a student holds a Command Instrument Rating on their Commercial Pilot Licence or Private Pilot Licence they can be awarded additional credit for the following unit:


  • AVAT12012 Instrument Flight Rules and Procedures

 

If a student has a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL), they can be awarded additional credit for the following unit:



  • AVAT11004 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

 

Notes

 

No credit will be given for AVAT11006, AVAT12010 or AVAT12011 based on a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). Credit for AVAT11006, AVAT12010 or AVAT12011 will only be given if a student can justify that they have successfully completed previous units at AQF 7 (Bachelor level) and have at least an 80% match with each of these unit’s learning outcomes.

 

Students seeking additional credit to what is awarded for the Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL), Private Pilot Licence (PPL), Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) will be required to complete unit mapping sheets for each unit that credit is being requested towards. 

 

Please refer to the Aviation Credit for Prior Learning Tool Kit for further information. This kit will assist you to complete your application and outline additional documentation required.

 

How to Apply:

Students applying for credit transfer from another CQUniversity course, external institution or recognition of prior learning are required to submit a Credit Application Form.

 

The credit calculator may assist by providing an estimate of credit you may be eligible to receive towards your CQUniversity course.

For further information regarding credit and how to apply please visit the Credit Transfers and RPL website.


Additional costs not included in the course fee.


Additional study costs

Basic Aeronautical Practice AVAT11003

To satisfy the requirements of the unit Basic Aeronautical Practice (AVAT11003) you need to complete13.5 hours of flight training and reach first solo competency. If you meet the flight competency to undertake your first solo flight and you wish to undertake your first solo flight you will incur additional costs that are not included in the course fees, nor accessible through HECS-HELP. These additional costs are associated with obtaining:

·         An Aviation Reference Number (ARN) from the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)

·         An Australian Class 1 or Class 2 Aviation Medical Certificate from a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME)

·         Depending on your training aerodrome, an Australian Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)

·         A General English Language Proficiency assessment.

The total cost of these items can be up to $1,000* and is not included in the course fee, nor accessible through HECS-HELP.

You may also need to purchase the following:

·         Navigation equipment                                                                                   $200*

·         Books                                                                                                            $800*

·         Uniform                                                                                                         $400*

·         Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)                                                $1,000*

The total cost of these items is approximately $2,400* and is not included in the course fee, nor accessible through HECS-HELP.


Flight providers

CQUniversity currently has approved flight providers in the following locations:

·         Cairns

·         Townsville

·         Rockhampton/Gladstone

·         Bundaberg

·         Sunshine Coast

·         Gold Coast

·         Melbourne

·         Adelaide

*These additional costs are an estimate only, and government charges and fees, and industry costs may change over time.