AVAT13010 - Aerodynamics and Aircraft General Knowledge (Air Transport Pilot Licence)

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Aerodynamics and Aircraft General Knowledge (Air Transport Pilot Licence) will provide you with advanced knowledge of transonic and supersonic aerodynamics, and heavy aircraft power plants and systems. You will cover the aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) aircraft general knowledge syllabus. You will study high speed aerodynamics and aircraft electrical and mechanical systems. Ice and rain protection systems will be examined. You will also study navigation and automatic control systems.


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

Prerequisites: AVAT12006 Aerodynamics (Commercial Pilot Licence) and AVAT12007 General Aeronautical Knowledge (Commercial Pilot Licence).

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 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 62.50% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 21.62% 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
Assessment requirements were not clear.
Assessment to be discussed in tutorials.
Action Taken
Assessments are discussed at the start of the unit and students are kept up to date as required.
Source: Student evaluation
Learning resources were sufficient, relevant covering all topics.
Agree and more improvements will be made.
Action Taken
The resource was adequate for the unit however the amount of detail added will be refined as per discussions with students.
Source: Unit Coordinator
The student response rate is very low.
Look at continuously engaging with students through the forum and tutorials. Encourage students to ‘Have Their Say’ when contributing their feedback as this is valuable.
Action Taken
I use the discussion forum for quite a bit of information, usually, the students will email me personally.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse the aerodynamic forces and performance in normal, asymmetric and high speed flight
  2. Apply the principles of aerodynamics to high-speed flight
  3. Evaluate large transport aircraft electrical and mechanical systems
  4. Compare the operation and construction of turbo-fan and turbo-prop power plants
  5. Examine the function of engine instruments
  6. Explain the function and purpose of a large transport aircraft's automatic flight control system
  7. Describe the principles of operation of a Global Navigation Satellite System.


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
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
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