AVAT12009 - Navigation (Commercial Pilot Licence)

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Navigation (Commercial Pilot Licence) will provide you with knowledge of navigational procedures applicable to light commercial aircraft operations. You will cover the aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Commercial Pilot Licence Navigation Syllabus. You will study the form of the Earth including latitude and longitude, magnetic and true poles and directions. By reference to an aeronautical chart and the various chart projections, you will learn how to navigate an aeroplane. You will learn to convert between Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and local mean and standard times. You will also be able to use a navigation computer to convert between various airspeeds and ground speed and perform critical point calculations.

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; AVAT11005 Aviation Physics; AVAT11006 Aviation Law

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 2 - 2020

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. Online Test 30%
2. Written Assessment 10%
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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 16.22% 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
Detailed discussions on the scope of topics in the first week and at mid-term ensured coverage of adequate material required for CASA CPL Exam.
Recommendation
Continue the discussion process with the students for early and mid-course refinements.
Action Taken
Content of course material was enhanced through discussions with students.
Source: Student
Feedback
One student did exceedingly well in CASA CPL Navigation exam.
Recommendation
Positive and encouraging feedback. Periodic refinement process in course material will increase the students' success rate in CASA exams.
Action Taken
This was implemented and resulted in a positive outcome.
Source: Student
Feedback
Require more in-depth discussions at the end of the lecture regarding the tutorial questions, instead of individual study/submissions.
Recommendation
The tutorial questions at the end of each lecture are for the students to test their level of understanding of the topic. However, a limited number of the most difficult ones will be discussed during the tutorials.
Action Taken
Most of the tutorial questions were explained and solved during the lectures/tutorials.
Source: Student
Feedback
Require more coverage on map reading VTC's, VNC's & WAC's, and more discussion of specific requirements from the AIP.
Recommendation
The use of these aeronautical charts is part of the written Assignment. One tutorial will be conducted as a pre-cursor for the Assignment which will cover the aeronautical charts.
Action Taken
This was implemented and resulted in a positive outcome.
Source: Student
Feedback
Require a revision on the CR3 flight computers (converging/diverging tracks, fuel calculations, 1/60 rule, track errors etc).
Recommendation
Students are required to have these skills before reaching CPL Navigation stage. However, a comprehensive revision will be conducted during the tutorial session.
Action Taken
CR3 Usage revised in full measure.
Source: Student
Feedback
Require more covearge on the usage of NAIPS (Airservices) & GPWT's (wind forecasts), which are essential tools when creating flight plans.
Recommendation
The use of these aeronautical publications is part of the written Assignment. One tutorial will be conducted as a pre-cursor for the Assignment which will cover the usage of these aeronautical websites/publications.
Action Taken
Undertaken and application observed in assessment.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
For an introductory unit to navigation, many fundamentals were assumed prior knowledge but in fact had not been covered in previous units.
Recommendation
Fundamentals such as flight planning and use of flight computers were completed during tutorials and the Navigation assignment. However, additional tutorials will be scheduled for needy students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Technical equipment malfunction within the campus, zoom not connecting the lecturer into the students, etc.
Recommendation
Due to COVID-19 conditions, the entire unit was delivered online. There were connectivity issues that may have been due to the remote location of the students. As a solution, it was ensured that the recorded lectures were made available for the students to review as many times as required. This will be continued in the future as well.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: UC Reflection
Feedback
Assessment feedback was insufficient
Recommendation
All Students are offered feedback through Moodle; and those requiring additional feedback will be offered an opportunity to seek verbal feedback.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate competencies on the Navigation components of CPL (Commercial Pilot License); as detailed in Schedule 3 of Part 61, MOS (Manual of Standards) of CASR (Civil Aviation Safety Regulations)
  2. Plan a flight by reference to a navigation chart
  3. Describe the various global navigation chart projections and their use on national flights
  4. Convert time zones to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), Local Mean Time (LMT) and Local Sidereal Time (LST)
  5. Explain the operation and limitations of radio navigation aids
  6. Discuss the altimetry procedures used on national flights
  7. Convert between various airspeeds and ground speeds
  8. Calculate critical points for normal and asymmetric operations
  9. Plan and plot a three-leg navigation exercise on a World Aeronautical Chart and provide the flight plan details for the exercise to be completed in flight.


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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Test
2 - Written Assessment
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
6 - Information Technology Competence
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Online Test
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination