AVAT11001 - Aviation Theory I

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides the basic aeronautical knowledge theory required by commercial pilot students wishing to undertake the CASA General Flying Progress Test, and the air law theory required by commercial pilot students wishing to undertake the CASA CPL examination. Topics covered include aerodynamics, aircraft systems, air law, meteorology, navigation, loading, performance, and radio telephony, and documentation, pilot licences and ratings, air service operations, aerodromes, airspace classifications, air traffic control and flight service, and handling emergencies. It also introduces students to the aviation industry, it's history, current events, and trends where it is going in the future. In addition to the recommended printed materials, students must obtain the current issues of CAO, CAR, CAAP, AIP, ERS(A). This documentation is available from Air Services Australia in Melbourne.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

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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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
5. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
6. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
7. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
8. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
9. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
10. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
11. Written Assessment 30%

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

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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Differentiate types of flying machines across the ages and provide appropriate aviation definitions.
  2. Explain the relevant natural laws impacting on aerodynamics, including weight and balance requirements, during all stages of flight
  3. Differentiate the various human factors and its impact on aviation safety
  4. Explain the impact of various meteorological conditions on aviation
  5. Identify legal requirements for aircraft and pilots
  6. Demonstrate appropriate aviation radio communication
  7. Prepare and apply basic aircraft navigation and aircraft performance

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Online Quiz(zes)
5 - Online Quiz(zes)
6 - Online Quiz(zes)
7 - Online Quiz(zes)
11 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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