Course Content and Outcomes Guide for GEO 248 Effective Spring 2021
- Course Number:
- GEO 248
- Course Title:
- Fundamentals of Drone Operations
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
- Special Fee:
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
Safely operate a drone using an understanding of drone components, equipment, and technology.
Integrate factors impacting drone flight such as environment, weather, and geography into planning and operations.
Plan drone flights using an understanding of FAA and National Airspace System regulations and drone operation ethics.
Use effective Crew Resource Management during field data collection.
Program and fly a drone equipped with GPS to capture video and/or still photography.
Use post-processing techniques to achieve project goals.
Be efficient and resourceful to solve both technical and process-oriented issues. Analyze the capabilities, limitations, and features of technology and equipment to capture the desired images based on client needs.
Course Activities and Design
The materials in this course will be presented in a computer lab and field setting through classroom lecture, discussion, software demonstrations, drone flying, and computer-based assignments. Other methods may be implemented such as small group work, guest speakers, and in-class activities.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of themes, concepts, issues, competencies and skills by any combination of the following:
Written results of class labs and exercises
Completion of exams and quizzes
- Completion of a final project
- In-class discussions
- Drone Flying drills
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Content, Themes, Concepts
Drone Operation: normal procedures, emergency procedures, safety, basic crew resource management
Drone Equipment Setup: assembly, propellers, batteries, remote controls
Drone Maintenance: repair, replacement, service life
FAA regulations and licensing
Oregon State Law regarding drones
Remote data collection: Aerial photography, videography, interpretation
Industry applications of drone captured information
Issues & Skills
Types, uses, and analyses of small drone systems and data
Troubleshoot technical issues
Ethical flight operation and camera operation
Limitations of small drone systems: flight times, transmission ranges
Limitations of small drone pilots: visual line of sight, pilot physiology
Post Processing and delivery of small drone sensor derived products.