ENTA13022 - Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The unit will provide you with the fundamental knowledge of Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems technology. You will explore current and future developments of Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems applications such as surveying, photography, inspections, agriculture, and mining with a focus on applying automation in these areas. You will cover important elements of Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems operations, including weight and balance on design and structure. You will also evaluate the impact of the various navigation systems on Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems applications and will have exposure to other aspects associated with operating a Remote Piloted Aircraft such as Human Factors, Air Legislation, and Meteorology. You will get the opportunity to select components, and assemble, operate and maintain a Remote Piloted Aircraft System to support a given scenario. At the end of this unit, you will be able to build and fly a Remote Piloted Aircraft. If you complete the optional residential school activity, you will be eligible to apply for Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot) and the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority Remote Pilot License and Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate.


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: Completion of 72cps.

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 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 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 20%
2. Practical Assessment 20%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
4. Project (applied) 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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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compare different types of Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems applications, associated structural devices, and their integration into a working unit
  2. Demonstrate problem-solving skills by assembling components, and operating and maintaining a Remote Piloted Aircraft System
  3. Reflect and report on the impact of the various navigation systems, human factors, and meteorology on Remote Piloted Aircraft operations
  4. Build and fly a Remote Piloted Aircraft safely and competently
  5. Provide evidence of a professional capacity to communicate, work and learn individually and in a team by completing a mini-project.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Project (applied)
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
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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