ELEC ENG 3026 - Engineering Systems: Avionics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

Aircraft as a system; Flight control; Radio navigation; Landing aids; GPS.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 3026
    Course Engineering Systems: Avionics
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 2007, ELEC ENG 2008
    Assessment Examination and assignments
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Cheng-Chew Lim

    Course lecturers:

    Prof. Bevan Bates
    Email: bevan.bates@adelaide.edu.au

    A/Prof Cheng-Chew Lim

    Dr. Akhilesh Verma
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Students who successfully complete this subject will possess:
    1. Knowledge and understanding of theory of operation as well as the operating environment of key avionic systems.
    2. A proficiency in the appropriate use of the FlightGear software tool for simulation study.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1.2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1.2
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1.2
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1.2
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1.2
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1.2
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1.2
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A set of lecture slides, practice problems and other supporting materials will be available for downloading from the course web site.
    Recommended Resources
    1. A. Helfrick: Principles of Avionics, 5th edition, Avionics Communications Inc., 2009.
    2. M. Kayton and W.R. Fried: Avionics Navigation Systems, 2nd edition, John Wiley, 1997.
    Online Learning
    Extensive use will be made of the MyUni web site for this course, https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login.

    Course notes, tutorial problems and solutions, laboratory exercises and practice problems will all be available for downloading from the web site. Where the lecture theatre facilities permit, audio or video recordings of lectures will also be available for downloading.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The subject material falls into 3 major topics. For each topic there will be a series of lectures and a tutorial.

    This course relies on lectures as the primary delivery mechanism for the material. Tutorials supplement the lectures by providing exercises and example problems to enhance the understanding obtained through lectures. Practicals are used to provide hands-on experience for students to reinforce the theoretical concepts encountered in lectures. Continuous assessment activities provide the formative assessment opportunities for students to gauge their progress and understanding.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Contact hours Workload hours
    Lectures 26 lectures 26 78
    Quiz 4 quizzes 4 8
    Tutorials 3 tutorials 3 9
    Assignments 2 assignments 2 18
    Exam 3 questions 1.5 15
    TOTALS 36.5 128
    Learning Activities Summary
    Activity Title
    Lectures Course Structure
    Radio Navigation
    Landing Systems
    Regulatory & Advisory Agencies
    Satellite Navigation

    Quizzes 1-4 Revision
    Tutorials 1-3 Problem Solving
    Assignments 1-2 FlightGear for Studying Navigation, Landing and Flight Dynamics
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are required to have access to Flight Gear and OpenSUSE software found in the undergraduate computer labs of the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering. It is the individual student’s responsibility to ensure his or her access to these facilities at appropriate times is available.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Activity Type Group/Individual Weight Due Learning outcomes addressed
    Assignment 1-2 Formative Individual 20%, 20% Wk 7,10 1, 2
    Quizzes 1-4 Formative Individual 5%,5%,5%,5% Wk 2,4,6,9 1, 2
    Exam Summative Individual 40% 1,2
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The examination is a prescribed summative assessment exercise in which students must obtain at least 40% in order to pass the course. Failure to achieve at least 40% in the exam will mean that the student will obtain a final total mark of no more than 49%.
    Assessment Detail
    Assignments: groups will be assessed to the technical content of their presentation, the effectiveness of their assignment reports. The marking scheme is published with the instructions for the assignments.

    Exam: the examination at the end of the semester will be of two hours duration and will be closed book.
    All written submissions to formative assessment activities are to be submitted to designated boxes within the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering by 3:00pm on the specified date and must be accompanied by a signed cover sheet. Copies of blank cover sheets are available from the School office in Innova 3.26. No late submissions will be accepted. All formative assessments will have a two week turn-around time for provision of feedback to students.

    Full details can be found at the School policies website:
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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