Course Title: Unmanned Aerial System Operations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Unmanned Aerial System Operations

Credit Points: 12.00


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,
Sem 1 2023

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 regulatory requirements are also explored to allow for safe operation and 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 below Program Learning outcomes for:

BH070P23 Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) (Honours)
BH082AEH23 Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Business  

3. Apply engineering research principles, methods and contemporary technologies and practices to plan and execute projects taking into account ethical, environmental and global impacts.     

5. Communicate respectfully and effectively with diverse audiences, employing a range of communication methods, practising professional and ethical conduct.


This course contributes to the below Program Learning outcomes for:

BP070P6 / BP070VRI / BP070VH / BP070HKG / BP070SIM  Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation), BP284 Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) / Bachelor of Business (Management)
BP345 Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training)

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.


This course contributes to the below Program Learning outcomes for:

BP070P23 / BP070VRI23 / BP070VH23 / BP070HKG23 / BP070SIM23 Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation)
BP284ASA23 Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) / Bachelor of Business (Management)
BP345P23 Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training)

1. Demonstrate understanding of a broad, coherent and in-depth body of knowledge relevant to the current and future global aviation industry.

4. Communicate and collaborate inclusively and professionally with diverse stakeholders across aviation and associated industries.

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 and 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