Course Content and Outcomes Guides (CCOG)

Course Content and Outcomes Guide for GEO 248 Effective Fall 2020

Course Number:
GEO 248
Course Title:
Unmanned Aerial System Concepts, Operations & Applications
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Course Description

Introduces the fundamental principles and concepts of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Includes history, classes of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), airframes, ground support equipment, optical systems, applications, operation theory, mission planning and control, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certificate of Authorization process. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Apply industry-standard UAS operations and safety protocols to effectively plan and execute missions.

  • Use an understanding of FAA and National Airspace System regulations, along with UAV operation ethics to plan and carry out UAV flight operations.

  • Integrate factors impacting UAV flight such as environment, weather, and geography into planning and operations.

  • Fly UAVs using manual controls and waypoint planning for automatic flight.

  • Utilize remote sensing technologies to collect optical data via UAV platforms.

  • Perform post-flight telemetry data analysis and image processing to create quality aerial survey and mapping products.

Aspirational Goals

Be efficient and resourceful to problem solve both technical and process-oriented issues.

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, peer critique, and computer-based assignments.  Other methods may be implemented such as small group work 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
  • UAS Flying drills

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Content, Themes, Concepts

  • UAS operational planning, execution, and ethics

  • UAS regulations and licensing

  • Remote data collection

  • Aerial photography

  • Photogrammetry

  • Visual image interpretation

  • Digital image processing

  • Applications of remotely sensed data and imagery

  • Geographic Information Systems

Issues & Skills

  • Types, uses, and analyses of unmanned aerial systems and data

  • Troubleshoot technical issues

  • UAV regulations

  • Capture, compile, analyze, and display UAV derived products.