AVAT12008 - Commercial Pilot Licence Meteorology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit 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

Students must meet all requisites:

1. AVAT11002 Basic Aeronautical Knowledge OR (AVAT11012 Aviation Practice AND AVAT11013 Introduction to Aviation); AND

2. AVAT11005 Flight Fundamentals; AND

3. AVAT11010 Aviation Safety Fundamentals OR AVAT11007 Flight Planning, Performance, and Operation.

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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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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 50.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 5.26% 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 feedback form
Insufficient assessment feedback
Develop a new marking rubric including sections for comments.
Action Taken
The feedback is given individually to students for the mid-term quiz which I feel is more beneficial, however, due to the student's feedback, I will now complete it in class.
Source: Student feedback form
Students desiring the introduction of quizzes
Introduce quizzes into the assessment items.
Action Taken
Quizzes will now be added.
Source: Student feedback form
Insufficient learning tasks throughout the semester
Introduce more learning tasks in the form of quizzes.
Action Taken
Quizzes will now be added.
Source: Coordinator reflection
Students requiring more quizzes
Introduce fortnightly quizzes.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the model of the 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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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination
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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