AVAT12004 - Aviation Theory IV

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides the operation, performance and planning theory, and the human performance and limitations theory, required by commercial pilot students wishing to undertake the CASA CPL examination. Topics covered include the aerodromes and ALA's, takeoff and landing Performance, climb, cruise and descent performance, weight and balance consideration, and the Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Echo Loading Systems, and airspace consideration, weather Consideration, topography consideration, aircraft performance, flight plan preparation and submission, and basic health and fitness, hyperventilation, atmospheric pressure changes, anatomy of the ear, vision, illusions, motion sickness, hypoxia, and first aid and survival. In addition to the recommended printed materials, students must obtain current charts (WAC, ERC-L, VTC) and current documents (ERSA). The documentation is available from Air Services Australia in Melbourne or at select flight schools throughout Australia.


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 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 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. Determine the safe and legal use for aerodrome or aeroplane landing areas (ALA) for take off and landing of an aircraft
  2. Calculate take-off and landing requirements using the Take-Off Performance Chart and Landing Performance Chart in ISA conditions
  3. Determine weight limits for maximum aeroplane climb performance and calculate power and velocity parameters to achieve minimum legal and safe performance for take off and climb out
  4. Determine maximum aeroplane climb performance, including calculation power, velocity, best angle of climb, rate of climb and cruise climb
  5. Evaluate Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Echo loading systems for maximum fuel load and payload return
  6. Prepare and submit a flight plan
  7. Evaluate impact of human factors on safety, including other aircrew and passengers and determine appropriate responses

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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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 - 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)
8 - Online Quiz(zes)
9 - Online Quiz(zes)
10 - Online Quiz(zes)
11 - Written Assessment