AVAT11004 - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The unit will provide you with information and skills to assemble your own UAV and to become acquainted with the parts and function of each. You will review the legal requirements for UAV pilots and aircraft operations and the legal issues associated with flying UAVs. You will explore current and future developments of UAVs including delving into the world of automation. You will cover facets of UAV elements and operations, including an examination of safety procedures and human factors within the UAV system. You will compare the impact of various meteorological conditions on UAV operations including navigation.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2022

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 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Practical Assessment 10%
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 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 46.43% 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: Students
Feedback
Have a practical component.
Recommendation
I am in the process of developing and applying for the CASA Remote Pilot Operators Certificate that will permit CQU to train, assess and certify Remote Pilots. If the application is not received by the start of Term 2 next year I'll institute a practical assessment assignment where students video either assembly or flight of an RPA .
Action Taken
I completed the ReOC but unfortunately things have ground to a halt with drones at the HE level. I did however develop a practical whereby the students built their own drone from an ensemble of drone parts shipped in from China
Source: Student /self reflection
Feedback
The two type of assignments were too similar. There should have been another type of assessment to be introduced.
Recommendation
Have one exam and one assignment to be created.
Action Taken
In the end the students had an assignment of 10 quizzes, another written assignment and the practical. There was no exam.
Source: student
Feedback
Audio visuals were very good, but could do with a final edit to clean out technical difficulties.
Recommendation
A final edit of materials given to students will be done
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: student
Feedback
Time frame and preparation of the RPA kits when it should've been known to approx usual time frame of ordering items from overseas (especially china).
Recommendation
I have put in place a new process of ordering early. Stockpiling was a consideration but an expensive one because of the unknown numbers of students doing the course
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: student
Feedback
Better organisation with assessment materials.
Recommendation
Drones will hopefully be sent to the students on time this term. All parts were ordered 2 weeks before the start of term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: student
Feedback
Responding to student emails need to be improved
Recommendation
Emails and phone calls will be responded to within a 2-day period. Also students will be encouraged to use the discussion forum.Students are my best resource.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: student
Feedback
The video could have been done more efficiently as during the video, steps were completed that then needed to be undone to do something else.
Recommendation
The video was redone and used last term. It will also be redone again for this term to accommodate slight modifications/new parts that may come from China.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Review legal requirements for UAV aircraft and UAV pilots
  2. Evaluate the relationship between human factors, UAVs and the impact on aviation safety
  3. Distinguish the different types of infotechnological and structural devices associated with RPAS and how they are integrated into a working unit
  4. Explain the relevant natural laws impacting on UAVs during all stages of flight
  5. Compare the impact of various meteorological conditions on UAVs and how these affect navigation
  6. Distinguish the different types of automation in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and provide uses in such technology today.

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology 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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2 - Practical Assessment
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Examination