Course Title: Unmanned Aerial System Operations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Unmanned Aerial System Operations

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Matthew Marino

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4455

Course Coordinator Email:

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
    o    Civil and Military
    o    Classification and design
    o    Performance and data acquisition capability

  • UAS Operation
    o    Operational requirements
    o    Pilot certification
    o    Operational limitations
    o    Safe operation (LOS & BLOS)

  • Issues regarding UAS operation
    o    Social conceptions
    o    Contemporary issues

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation):

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 teams.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify various types of UASs both civil and military
  2. Analyse performance capabilities of various UAS types
  3. Adhere to legal implications relating to operating a UAS
  4. Identify factors determining safe and unsafe operations of a UAS
  5. Generate potential uses for various platforms of UAS
  6. Describe the process of obtaining a UAS operator certificate

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn this course through pre-recorded 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

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Operational Planning an Setup of an Aerial Photography Mission
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Assessment 2: Complex geo-mapping mission
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-6

Assessment 3: Online quizzes and marked booklets
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-6