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AVN1102 General Aviation Knowledge

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: General Aviation Knowledge
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 4
ASCED code : 080399 - Business Mgt not classified
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Kelli Russell

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


There is a library of knowledge that students must have to be able to operate an aeroplane safely and efficiently and generally the required knowledge is sequentially introduced to students in stages. This course is the very first course that aims to provide a solid basis for more technical subjects later in the program. The course, together with AVN1104 Introduction to Human Performance in Aviation will provide adequate knowledge in preparation for subsequent academic courses (for example, AVN1108 Flight Laboratory) and flight training during students’ second academic year in the Flight Operations major. Students in the Aviation Management major will also find this course beneficial, as aviation managers will require a wider appreciation of the aviation system and broad understanding of the nature of flight operation.


This course is designed to provide sufficient theoretical knowledge on a wide range of topics such as light aircraft systems, basic aerodynamics, and an introduction to Australian regulatory systems and associated publications while maintaining a relatively low level of complexity. The course also provides an opportunity to evaluate accidents/incidents associated with common meteorological phenomena. The course concludes with a focus on basic navigation and operations, performance and planning. Students will begin their professional development in the industry in this course concomitantly with other first year courses by investigating and experiencing aspects of the industry such as appropriate dress, bearing, professional attitudes and non-technical skills.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate basic knowledge of light aircraft systems commonly found in the general aviation;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of basic subsonic aerodynamics;
  3. evaluate the impact of common hazardous meteorological phenomena on accidents/incidents;
  4. show a functional understanding of civil aviation rules and regulations applicable to private operations in general aviation;
  5. use navigational charts for initial planning of a private crosscountry;
  6. demonstrate a basic understanding of aircraft operations, performance and planning.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Basic terminology 5.00
2. Power plants and systems 25.00
3. Aerodynamics 25.00
4. Meteorology 20.00
5. Navigation 5.00
6. Operations, performance and planning 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 106.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE QUIZ 1 10 10 26 Mar 2021
ASSIGNMENT 30 30 04 May 2021
ONLINE QUIZ 2 10 10 20 May 2021
OPEN EXAM - ONLINE 50 50 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    This is a closed examination. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments:
    APA is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

Date printed 18 June 2021