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Course Syllabus

Course: GEO 2845

Division: Natural Science and Math
Department: Geology
Title: Drone Operations and Safety Certification

Semester Approved: Summer 2019
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2025
End Semester: Spring 2025

Catalog Description: Safety training in natural resources helps students obtain the necessary skills and certifications to allow them to be employable in the field and perform required duties
safely. This course will cover material necessary to pass the FAA Part 107 test to receive a small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) commercial pilot license. It will also overview drone operations and applications.
This course is cross-listed as DRON 2845

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: .5; Lab: 1

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None


Justification: Mapping and aerial imagery are a vital part of many natural resource fields. Applications range from search and rescue, agriculture, firefighting to range and wildlife management.

General Education Outcomes:
3: A student who completes the GE curriculum can communicate effectively through writing and speaking. Students will acquire specific certificates and skills that will make them more
attractive to perspective employers. Students will demonstrate their understanding by
passing all exams, assignments, or requirements needed to receive the desired
certificate or license.



Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will successfully learn material required on the FAA exam which covers the following areas: Regulations, Airspace and requirements, weather, Loading and performance, and UAS operations. Students will demonstrate their understanding through written assignments, exams, application projects, and by logging flight and simulator time.

Students will explore applications of small unmanned aerial systems and practice flight operations and gain skills as pilots using training aircraft and simulators.  Students will demonstrate their understanding through written assignments, exams, application projects, and by logging flight and simulator time.


Content:
The drone training will cover:
-Knowledge necessary to pass the FAA Part 107 exam including: Regulations, Airspace and requirements, weather, Loading and performance, and UAS operations.
-Flight operations and planning.
-Applications of sUAS.
-Flight and simulator time.


Key Performance Indicators:
Skills Assessments  20 to 100%

Exams 0 to 80%

Assignments 0 to 40%


Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Required materials will be a compilation of materials provided by the FAA and created in-house and assembled by the instructor.


Pedagogy Statement:
Through lecture and hands on learning, students will learn drone basics.

Instructional Mediums:
Lecture

Lab

Online

Maximum Class Size: 15
Optimum Class Size: 12