AVAT12007 - General Aeronautical Knowledge (Commercial Pilot Licence)

General Information

Unit Synopsis

General Aeronautical Knowledge (Commercial Pilot Licence) will provide you with knowledge of small commercial aircraft power plants and systems. You will cover the aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's Commercial Pilot Licence General Aeronautical Knowledge syllabus. Topics you will study in depth include piston engine power plants and propellers. You will learn about aircraft electrical and hydraulic systems, fuel systems, and ice and rain protection systems. You will also become familiar with flight and navigation instruments.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: AVAT11002 Basic Aeronautical Knowledge; AVAT11003 Basic Aeronautical Practice and AVAT11005 Aviation Physics

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 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Perth

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. 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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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: Survey
Feedback
Assessment task needs more detail.
Recommendation
Details of the assessment task will be improved.
Action Taken
Will provide more detail. The assessment was accompanied by a tutorial which perhaps some students missed.
Source: Instructor observation.
Feedback
More emphasis on revision time, unit review and exam preparation.
Recommendation
A full tutorial was conducted during week 13. Many students appeared not to attend or view the tutorial. The lecturer will place more emphasis on the importance of this final tutorial.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Coordinator.
Feedback
The unit included 6 voluntary quizzes. Many students did not attempt the quizzes. The quizzes were designed to review and consolidate subject areas and act as exam preparation.
Recommendation
The quizzes should be made compulsory.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback/instructor observation.
Feedback
Some students said they felt the unit content was too detailed, whilst others stated that they had already covered some of the material in previous units.
Recommendation
The unit was designed to review and consolidate material presented in previous units, and also extended and build upon previous learning. The lecturer should emphasis this during the first lecturer. The unit coordinator believes that a 'happy medium' between the review and presenting new material was achieved, whilst ensuring that all the learning objectives were met.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Coordinator.
Feedback
The unit was 'inherited' and there were some areas where the presentation material contained only sufficient detail. Also, there were many formatting inconsistencies.
Recommendation
The unit was enhanced and tidied up in a very short period of time to ensure that all learning objectives were clearly met. Although student feedback was very positive, the unit coordinator will continue to enhance the material in certain areas to 'add value' and improve appearance.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Coordinator.
Feedback
Enhanced learning through virtual reality.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator is currently researching/developing flight simulator and flight deck virtual reality. Initial student feedback (and staff feedback) of the virtual reality is very positive. It is believed that virtual reality will greatly enhance the student learning experience and will be included as much as possible when this unit is taught again.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the operation and construction of aircraft piston engine power plants
  2. Describe the operation and performance characteristics of fixed and variable pitch propellers
  3. Describe the function of a typical small aircraft's mechanical system
  4. Explain the operation and function of a light aircraft undercarriage system
  5. Convert between the various airspeeds
  6. Explain the operation of the aircraft pressure and gyro flight instruments
  7. Discuss the basic operating principles of aeronautical radio systems.

N/A. No external accreditation.

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