Course Title: Unmanned Aerial System Operations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Unmanned Aerial System Operations

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mech & Manuf Eng


Course Coordinator: Matthew Marino

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4455

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 251.03.15

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with an overview on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and how they are operated in the segregated airspace. Both Line of Sight (LOS) and Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) operations are explored. The CASA and FAA requirements for their safe operation both are also explored to allow for their safe operation in integration into the available airspace.
Key areas of study:
• UAS platforms
• Civil and Military
• Classification and design
• Performance and data acquisition capability
• UAS Operation
• Operational requirements
• Pilot certification
• Operational limitations
• Safe operation (LOS & BLOS)
• Issues regarding UAS operation
• Social conceptions
• Contemporary issues

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course develops and assesses the following program learning outcomes:

Needs, context and systems:
• Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs, establish priorities and the goals, constraints and uncertainties of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.), using systems thinking, while recognising ethical implications of professional practice.

Coordination and communication:
• Communicate and coordinate proficiently by listening, speaking, reading and writing English for professional practice, working as an effective member or leader of diverse team.

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:
• Identify various types of UASs both civil and military
• Identify the performance capability of various UAS types
• Define the legal implications of operating a UAS
• Identify a safe or unsafe operation of a UAS
• Discuss the current potential uses for various platforms of UAS
• Describe the process of obtaining a UAS operator certificate

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn this course through lectures, directed reading, class room discussion, and investigative research. The learning process is reinforced through problem-based learning using case studies. Where possible, practical exercises may also be utilised

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on “myRMIT Studies”. These will include course notes, and other learning materials generated by the course lecturer(s), references, and approved links to useful material on external web-sites.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment of this course may include the following:
• Assignment(s)
• Project(s)
• Oral presentation(s)
• Written examination(s)