Course Title: Theory to Instrument rating

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Theory to Instrument rating

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information: Prior to enrolment in 'Theory to Instrument Rating' you must:     - Demonstrate a sound knowledge of Part 61 Manual of Standards     - Provide evidence of considerable currency in your flight training in the preceding six (6) month period     - Have a valid medical as per CASA requirements.  



Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Point Cook Campus


110P SEH Portfolio Office


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021


Point Cook Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


Hartwig Air


110P SEH Portfolio Office


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021


RMIT Flight Training - Bendigo


110P SEH Portfolio Office


Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Varinder Sohi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0053

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Point Cook & City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By Email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


1. Theory to Commercial Pilot Licence & Flying to Commercial Pilot Licence.  

2. A holder of CASA Commercial Pilot Licence.


It is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the pre-requisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.



Course Description

This course will complement the underpinning skills and knowledge required for the flying course, Instrument Rating.

This course provides the basis of the knowledge required to undertake the CASA Instrument Rating Theory Exam (IREX).

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for AD023 Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots). 

  • Demonstrate knowledge of underpinning theoretical Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) principles and analyse information to complete a range of activities
  • Demonstrate the cognitive, technical and creative thinking skills to a broad understanding of the theoretical Instrument Flight Rules
  • Ability to apply a depth of knowledge in a range of industry practise fundamentals in contexts that are subject to change, and adapt knowledge and skills in a range of contexts.
  • Demonstrate the application of skills and knowledge to adapt fundamental principles, concepts and techniques to known and unknown situations
  • Plan and execute activities to an appropriate professional standard.
  • Understanding of and commitment to professional and ethical responsibilities

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply technical knowledge in problem solving, and practical engineering examples and be able to analyse the physical world in a systematic manner.
  2. Perform critical analysis and apply problem solving skills and obtain opportunities to formulate and solve problems.
  3. Relate to professional practice in understanding of the Instrument Flight Rules.
  4. Obtain the skills and knowledge to sit CASA IREX exam.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • Attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained.
  • Completion of tutorial questions and possibly workshop projects designed to give further practice in the application of flying theory to given situations, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
  • Completion of class exercises consisting of numerical calculations and other factors requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
  • Private study, working through the course as presented in classes, information gathered from practical demonstrations and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving flight related calculations.
  • Test & CASA Exams. 

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be required to use CASA and other texts and as well as receiving classroom handouts. Videos, practical demonstrations and discussions in the classroom will enhance your learning.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

 Assessment Task 1: Canvas based Multiple Choice Quizzes 

Weighting towards final grade (%): 15%
CLOs 1- 4

 Assessment Task 2: In-class Tests 
Weighting towards final grade (%): 35%
CLOs 3 and 4
 Assessment Task 3: CASA based IREX exam presentation
Weighting towards final grade (%): 45%
CLOs 1 - 4 
Assessment Task 4: Micro-Credential (Being a good mentee)
Weighting towards final grade (%): 5%
CLOs - nil

Note: You will be required to pass the external CASA IREX Theory examination in order to attempt the CASA Command Instrument Rating flight test.