Course Content and Outcomes Guide for GEO 248 Effective Fall 2020
- Course Number:
- GEO 248
- Course Title:
- Unmanned Aerial System Concepts, Operations & Applications
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
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- Lab Hours:
- Special Fee:
Course DescriptionIntroduces 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.
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
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
Capture, compile, analyze, and display UAV derived products.