AVAT12008 - Meteorology (Commercial Pilot Licence)

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Meteorology (Commercial Pilot Licence) will provide you with knowledge of low altitude meteorology applicable to aviation operations. You will cover the aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) meteorology syllabus. You will study the atmosphere, its structure, composition and dynamics. You will learn how temperature, pressure and density vary with altitude and how this affects your ability to pilot an aircraft. Cloud types and their associated weather will be identified and classified. You will also learn how to read meteorological charts.


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 2 - 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 40%
2. 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 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 17.65% 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: Unit Coordinator
No formal feedback provided.
Encourage discourse and discussions between the students at an early stage of each term.
Action Taken
Regular invitation to students to contact me on matters to assist their understanding of the unit material.
Source: Students
Formal feedback from three students.
The feedback on each occasion indicated satisfaction by the three students of the quality and presentation of the unit material.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Coordinator
Given the satisfaction expressed by the students, one must continue to review and seek improvement in the quality and presentation of this unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the model of International Standard Atmosphere
  2. Explain atmospheric characteristics and how temperature, pressure and density vary with altitude
  3. Classify cloud types and their associated weather
  4. Explain the motion of air masses and fronts, and the weather associated with each type
  5. Identify features on low level aviation meteorological charts
  6. Decode aviation meteorological forecasts and reports
  7. Identify the meteorological hazards for aviation including icing and visibility.

No external accreditation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
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Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
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