Module Title:UAS Technology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: A combination of lectures, class discussion, tutorial, laboratory exercises and demonstrations will be used. Emphasis will be placed on active learning including problem / project bases learning
Module Aim: Students will develop an operational knowledge in maintenance, propulsion, communication and instrumentation associated with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) This module prepares students with the knowledge to determine and identify basic technical problems associated with unmanned aerial systems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Inspect UAS platforms for material and electrical defects.
LO2 Describe small UAS design, components and current applications
LO3 Plan and execute, in a safe and ethical manner, small UAS missions in order to collect, process and analyse data.
LO4 Evaluate the maintenance of UAS systems including ground control stations, and support equipment.
LO5 Apply technical knowledge in understanding the interaction between the various sensors that make up the sensor suite fitted to UAS platforms and the role of detect and avoid technology for UAS.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to UAS systems
Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), applications and examples. Line of sight and beyond line of sight operation. Components of a typical UAS rotary and fixed wing system.
Avionics and navigation systems
Core avionics, architecture, flight control, GPS navigation, health monitoring, guidance , first person view and propulsion systems. Detect and avoid techniques. Mission systems sensors, UAS installation and integration.
Mission control and data communications
Ground command segment, control station, take off / launch support system, landing and recovery. Air / ground communication and data links. UAS loading and payload considerations. Maintenance of UAS and documentation. Ethical, safety and regulatory requirements when maintaining and flying UAS missions.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Students will sit an examination during the module. 1,2,3,4,5 10.00 Week 6
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation The student will complete a number of practical assignments during the delivery of the module and produce a report on each assignment. 1,2,3,4,5 30.00 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam The written examination at the end of the module will evaluate the extent of the students knowledge of the learning outcomes. 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Practicals 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EEAER_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering 5 Mandatory