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AVAT12002 - Aviation Theory II

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides the navigation and meteorology theory components required by commercial pilot students wishing to undertake the CASA CPL examination. Topics covered include the mapping techniques, aviation time, charts and publications, navigation computations, pilot navigation and radio navigation, the composition of the atmosphere, heat, temperature, pressure and humidity, atmospheric stability, clouds and precipitation, visibility, winds, air- masses and fronts, flight considerations, synoptic meteorology and aviation weather services. In addition to the recommended printed materials, students must obtain current charts - WAC, ERC-L, VTC; current documents - ERSA; Navigation ruler, plotter and computer ("whizz wheel"). The documentation is available from Air Services Australia in Melbourne, and the navigation equipment is commonly available from pilot shops Australia-wide.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: AVAT 11001

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 3 - 2015

Term 1 - 2017 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. 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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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.

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Best aspects of the course: Assessment set up of one online quiz per topic and a final assessment worth 30% Good textbook chosen
Keep assignment setup the same to meet CASA requirements.
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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate meteorological conditions and determine appropriate flight planning and navigation for a flight plan
  2. Collect interpret, and apply NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) information to flight planning
  3. Determine and apply principles of aircraft navigation, including vertical navigation
  4. Relate Visual Flight Rules (VFR) requirements to navigation of an aircraft
  5. Evaluate navigation of an aircraft with reference to VOR (VHF Omni Range) radio navigation aid, NDB (Non Directional Beacon) radio navigation aid, and the Global Positioning System (GPS)
  6. Reflect on the differences between the plan and actual flight path during the flight planning process

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Online Quiz(zes)
5 - Online Quiz(zes)
6 - Online Quiz(zes)
11 - Written Assessment
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
4 - Online Quiz(zes)
7 - Online Quiz(zes)
9 - Online Quiz(zes)
11 - Written Assessment
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
5 - Online Quiz(zes)
6 - Online Quiz(zes)
8 - Online Quiz(zes)
10 - Online Quiz(zes)