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.


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

Prerequisites: AVAT11002 Basic Aeronautical Knowledge; AVAT11003 Basic Aeronautical Practice; AVAT11005 Aviation Physics and AVAT 11007-Flight Planning Performance and Operation-Private Pilot License (PPL).

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 - 2021

Term 1 - 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 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 21.15% 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: Student Evaluation
Lack of Course Instructor for 4-5 weeks in the middle of the course was disruptive.
Uninterrupted instruction is required throughout the term.
Action Taken
A casual lecturer was appointed immediately to ensure minimal disruption.
Source: UC observation
Student engagement was low.
1. Ensure uninterrupted instruction throughout the term. 2. Use recorded lectures and provide more interactive tutorials/workshops. 3. Develop interactive learning resources.
Action Taken
The shortage of permanent staff is being addressed.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation Data
A student requested more weekly quizzes similar to BAK and BAP be instigated as part of the assessment of the course.
Introduce weekly quizzes.
Action Taken
Source: Student Unit Evaluation Data
Revise the written assignment. This terms assignment is too general.
Increase the specificity of the written assignment task.
Action Taken
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 various airspeeds such as Indicated Airspeed, Rectified Airspeed, Calibrated Airspeed, Equivalent Airspeed, and True Airspeed
  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
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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