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UNSY 501 : Application of Unmanned Systems

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Application of Unmanned Systems
This course prepares students to understand the application of unmanned systems and their respective elements and technology to the operational domains, including atmospheric, exo-atmospheric, ground, and maritime environments. It includes applications, business cases, selection criteria, limitations and constraints, and ethical, safety, and legal considerations. Students will research, appraise, and recommend unmanned system tasking, environmental operational requirements, and system collaboration opportunities.

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the design, integration, and usage associated with unmanned systems, including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), optionally piloted aircraft (OPA), spacecraft, surface rovers, unmanned ground vehicles (UGV)s, robotic platforms, remotely operated vehicles (ROV)s, unmanned surface vessels (USV)s, and unmanned undersea vessel (UUV)s. The student will understand the unique features employed by unmanned systems to support various tasking and application options among diverse environments and operational conditions. The student will examine use of unmanned system platforms and technology, including task assignment, effectiveness, cost and acquisition factors, capabilities and limitations, challenges, and future potential. The student will also evaluate, appraise, and defend considerations for unmanned system application as they relate to ethical, safety, and legal guidelines. Upon completion of this course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of unmanned system application and the associated considerations necessary for their successful implementation.

Upon course completion, the student will be able to:1. Analyze the operational environments of unmanned systems2. Evaluate the environmental factors of operational environments3. Contrast the types of unmanned system platforms and associated platform-specific technology4. Analyze types of applications unmanned systems are well suited to perform or support5. Appraise the design or selection of an unmanned system to perform an appropriate application6. Evaluate the ethical, safety, and legal issues associated with application of unmanned systems7. Compare the alternative application of an unmanned system to a role currently performed by another system or method, including collaborative teaming8. Analyze the technological, social, environmental, and political considerations associated with an unmanned system application solution and formulate appropriate conclusions9. Evaluate the major considerations associated with current issues associated with unmanned systems, including contributing factors and end effects10. Formulate a solution to address or research strategy to further investigate a current issue or need that an unmanned system could be justifiably applied based on applicable considerations11. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter.

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Written and oral communication, as well as computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
Dr. Patrick Ford - 4/1/2015
Dr. Brent Terwilliger - 4/1/2015
Dr. Ian McAndrew - 4/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 4/1/2015
1-6 Master of Science in Unmanned Systems PO #1: Analyze the fundamentals of unmanned systems, including the technological, social, environmental, and political aspects of the system to examine, compare, analyze and recommend conclusions

PO #2: Compare and contrast current unmanned system issues, identify contributing factors, and formulate strategies to address or further investigate

PO #3: Recognize, evaluate, and recommend the incorporation of new technologies, methods, processes, or concepts with current unmanned system applications, management practices, or operational policies

PO #4: Critically justify and validate unmanned system design configurations to support safe, efficient, and effective operations in applicable domains (air, space, ground, and maritime), including assessing appropriateness of major elemental components; evaluating limitations and constraints; formulating theory of operation; and supporting perceived need

PO #5: Effectively communicate concepts, designs, theories, and supporting material with others in the unmanned systems field

PO #6: Investigate a current unmanned systems research problem; complete a thorough review of the scholarly literature; formulate hypotheses; collect and appropriately analyze data; and, interpret and report research findings to improve the field of unmanned systems or to provide solutions to an unmanned systems application problem
Key: 275