AVAT13005 - Aviation Theory V

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides the Command Instrument Rating theory required by Commercial Pilot students wishing to undertake the CASA Instrument Rating Examination (IREX). Topics covered include instrumentation, radio navigation aids, IFR planning, enroute considerations, IFR arrivals and departures, and IFR meteorology.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: AVAT 11001 and AVAT 12002 and AVAT 12003 and AVAT 12004

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 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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 Quiz(zes) 7%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
5. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
6. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
7. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
8. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
9. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
10. Online Quiz(zes) 7%
11. Written Assessment 30%

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 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 30% 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: Have your say
On-line Quizzes encourages motivation. These were introduced late in the unit.
Develop a weekly series of online quizzes relevant to the subject area of the previous week's lecture. These can be sat and marked during tutorials and any questions/misunderstandings answered/clarified.
Action Taken
Source: Head of course
Encouraging a broad range of reference books rather than referring to the one textbook.
Have 2-3 reference books for students to access.
Action Taken
Source: Self reflection
Encourage a pedagogical strategy of teacher/student learning approach.
Move away from an expository style approach and move towards a teacher/student directed learning strategy. This will involve worksheets, student presentations (non-graded).
Action Taken
Source: Informal discussions with student.
Group work is difficult with online students.
Rather than having group-work as an assessment point, replace the assignment with an examination.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Hypothesise the outcome of flying in a range of meteorological conditions
  2. Critically analyse meteorological information in VOLMET (Meteorological Information for Aircraft in Flight)
  3. Evaluate a given radio navigation aid and undertake calculations related to aircraft tracking
  4. Explain limitations associated with radar operations
  5. Plan IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) flights in Australia in accordance with airways operations procedures as detailed in (AIP Aeronautical Information Publication) and ERSA (En-route Supplement Australia)
  6. Recall and determine appropriate action for a missed approach

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Online Quiz(zes)
5 - Online Quiz(zes)
6 - Online Quiz(zes)
7 - Online Quiz(zes)
9 - Online Quiz(zes)
11 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10