Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Course Number: UAS 101
Transcript Title: Intro to Unmanned Aircraft Sys
Created: May 8, 2017
Updated: October 25, 2017
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 20
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


MTH 65 or higher

Course Description

Introduces the fundamentals of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), including their history and developing role in the modern aviation industry. Includes UAS applications, UAS systems, human factors, UAS design, power system, communication systems, FAA regulations, public policies and the future potential of the UAS. Prerequisites: MTH 65 or higher, WR 115, RD 115. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the function of UAS system components.
  2. Recognize the capabilities and limitations of various types and classes of UAS platforms.
  3. Prepare a mission plan using the components of the UAS mission planning process.
  4. Understandthe civil applications of UAS.
  5. Apply the requirements and processes necessary to obtain Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization.
  6. Identify hazards associated with UAS operations and prescribe risk controls.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The student will demonstrate competencies via written tests, verbal presentations/ demonstrations and team/group participation

Course Activities and Design

Lectures, group problem solving, project research and demonstrations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. History and Development of UAS:  History of UAS, Applications of UAS, Civil Uses of UAS
  2. UAS System Components and Functions: Classes, Propulsion, Payloads, guidance & controls, Sensor Data and processing
  3. Regulations:  FAA FAR part 107, title 14, certificate of Waivers, Categories, FAA UAS Policies, State and Local Laws Governing UAS
  4. Mission Planning
  5. Operational Considerations: Human Factors, Airspace Restrictions, Maneuvers