AVAT11002 - Basic Aeronautical Knowledge

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with basic aeronautical knowledge of small general aviation aircraft. You will calculate basic take-off and landing performance and weight and balance information. Other factors that affect flying such as local weather, will be examined. You will develop knowledge of aerodynamics and aircraft power plants and systems. In this unit, you will cover the aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Syllabus applicable to the Recreational Pilot Licence. This will allow you to sit the Recreational Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) Examination which is a prerequisite for attempting the flight test for the Recreational Pilot Licence.


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

Term 2 - 2022 Profile

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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
3. Examination 60%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 22.73% response rate.

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.

Source: Self/Students
Slides too busy.
Reduce the number of points on a slide. David has reduced the number of slides and has reduced the number of points of most slides.
Action Taken
As per recommendation.
Source: Students/Staff
Tutorials to have actual CASA type questions.
Tutorials and quizzes to include CASA exam type questions. David has included CASA exam type questions in the tutorials. However, with the changes made in the CASA RPL exam, there needs to be more questions around Meteorology and Navigation.
Action Taken
As per recommendation.
Source: Student feedback.
Student feedback on the BAK units this year was very positive. Distance learning via Zoom and recorded lectures provided flexible learning opportunities.
Continue to invest in and provide distance learning opportunities for remote learning.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
Student feedback of the Assessments was very positive and students felt the learning outcomes were achieved.
Continue to make the learning experience applied theory to help the students understanding of the topic.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Communicate basic aviation terminology
  2. Describe the basics of aircraft power plants and systems
  3. Explain the basic aerodynamic principles of flight
  4. Calculate basic take-off and landing performance information
  5. Calculate basic weight and balance information
  6. Examine local weather information
  7. Describe local flight rules and procedures.

N/A. There is no external accreditation for this course.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Examination