Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Course Number: UAS 101
Transcript Title: Intro to Unmanned Aircraft Sys
Created: May 8, 2017
Updated: July 10, 2019
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 20
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Prerequisites

MTH 65 or higher

Course Description

Introduces the fundamentals of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), including their history and developing role in the modern aviation industry. Includes UAS applications, UAS systems, human factors, UAS design, power system, communication systems, FAA regulations, public policies and the future potential of the UAS. Prerequisites: MTH 65 or higher, WR 115, RD 115. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the function of UAS system components.
  2. Recognize the capabilities and limitations of various types and classes of UAS platforms.
  3. Prepare a mission plan using the components of the UAS mission planning process.
  4. Understandthe civil applications of UAS.
  5. Apply the requirements and processes necessary to obtain Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization.
  6. Identify hazards associated with UAS operations and prescribe risk controls.
  7. Identify ethical issues related to UAS and determine professional responses.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The student will demonstrate competencies via written tests, verbal presentations/ demonstrations and team/group participation

Texts and Materials

  • Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Marshall
  • Aero Drone Academy Workbook, Davis

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Outcome #1: Identify the function of UAS system components.

  • UAS system components and functions: ┬ápropulsion, guidance and controls

Outcome #2: Recognize the capabilities and limitations of various types and classes of UAS platforms.

  • UAS system components and functions: classes, payloads, sensor data and processing

Outcome #3: Prepare a mission plan using the components of the UAS mission planning process.

  • Mission planning: determine outcome(s) of mission; develop steps for achieving mission outcome(s)

Outcome #4: Understand the civil applications of UAS.

  • Regulations: FAA UAS policies, state and local laws governing UAS

Outcome #5: Apply the requirements and processes necessary to obtain Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization.

  • Regulations: FAA FAR part 107, title 14, certificate of waiver

Outcome #6: Identify hazards associated with UAS operations and prescribe risk controls.

  • Operational considerations: human factors, airspace restrictions, maneuvers

Outcome #7: Identify ethical issues related to UAS and determine professional responses.

  • Respecting safety and privacy, professional ethics