Introduction to Uncrewed Aircraft Systems
- Course Number:
- UAS 101
- Transcript Title:
- Introduction to Uncrewed Aircraft Systems
- Aug 16, 2022
- May 03, 2023
- Total Credits:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture / Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
- Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
- Satisfies General Education requirement:
- Grading Options
- A-F, P/NP, Audit
- Default Grading Options
- Repeats available for credit:
Introduces the fundamentals of Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS), including their history and developing role in modern aviation history. Includes UAS applications, UAS systems, human factors, UAS design, power systems, communications systems, FAA regulations, public policies and the future potential of the UAS. Covers FAA exam requirements. Prerequisites: placement into IRW 115 or WR 115, MTH 65 or MTH 98. Audit available.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify the function of UAS components.
- Recognize the capabilities and limitations of various types and classes of UAS platforms
- Prepare a mission plan using the components of the UAS mission planning process
- Understand the civil applications of UAS
- Apply the requirements and processes necessary to obtain Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization for Remote Pilot License.
- Identify hazards associated with UAS operations and prescribe risk controls
- Identify ethical issues related to UAS and determine professional responses.
- Understand autonomous flight for effective photogrammetry.
Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies
The determination of assessment strategies is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: writings (journals, self-reflections, pre writing exercises, essays), quizzes, tests, midterm and final exams, group projects, presentations (in person, videos, etc), self-assessments, experimentations, lab reports, peer critiques, responses (to texts, podcasts, videos, films, etc), student generated questions, Escape Room, interviews, and/or portfolios.
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.
Outcome #1: Identify the function of UAS system components.
- UAS system components and functions:
Outcome #2: Recognize the capabilities and limitations of various types and classes of UAS platforms.
- UAS system components and functions:
- sensor data
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.
- FAA UAS policies
- state and local laws governing UAS
Outcome #5: Apply the requirements and processes necessary to obtain Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization.
- FAA FAR part 107
- title 14
- certificate of waiver
- minimum requirement for a FAA Remote Pilot License.
Outcome #6: Identify hazards associated with UAS operations and prescribe risk controls.
- Operational considerations:
- human factors
- airspace restrictions
Outcome #7: Identify ethical issues related to UAS and determine professional responses.
- Respecting safety and privacy
- professional ethics
Outcome #8: Understand autonomous flight for effective photogrammetry.
- Identify routes
- flight plans
- payloads for required image capture and mapping
Suggested Texts and Materials
Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Marshall, ISBN: 9781482263930
UAS Remote Pilot Flying Handbook, Davis, second edition, 2022