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UNSY 601 : Unmanned Systems Command, Control, and Communications

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Unmanned Systems Command, Control, and Communications
This course provides a detailed examination of the command, control, and communication (C3) of unmanned systems. The student will examine and evaluate elements and components, interoperability, human factors, operator controls and interactions, situational awareness, teaming, supervisory control, infrastructure, and considerations associated with C3. Course applications include identifying current unmanned system C3 issues, recommending strategies or solutions to address issues, and evaluating appropriate C3 elements, components, or technology to support unmanned system missions and tasks.

This course is designed to provide the student with a detailed understanding of the design, application, and operation of the command, control, and communication (C3) subsystem of unmanned systems. The student will understand the unique features, concepts, and technology employed in unmanned system C3, including capture and depiction of telemetry, data-links, interoperability, human factors of operator interaction, situational awareness, teaming, supervisory control, latency, infrastructure, frequency, bandwidth, and link range and security. The student will be introduced to the types and classifications of C3 subsystem elements, including applications, capabilities, limitations, and constraints. The student will identify current challenges associated with unmanned C3 and evaluate, recommend, and defend solutions to address. Upon completion of this course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of unmanned system C3 component selection, consideration, limitation, issues, and strategies for successful implementation.

Upon course completion, the student will be able to:1. Analyze the control, command, and communication elements and functions2. Evaluate the environmental factors affecting communication3. Contrast the types of command and control4. Discuss the advantages and limitations associated with various types of control systems5. Evaluate the level of detail presented to an operator for autonomous versus teleoperated (manual) control6. Appraise the design or selection of C3 subsystem and the appropriateness to perform unmanned missions or tasks in a safe, efficient, and effective manner7. Contrast C3 options for unmanned systems based on the operational environment, issues, and availability of new technology, methods, processes, or concepts8. Evaluate the effect of situational awareness on command and control9. Construct specification requirements of an unmanned system C3 subsystem design10. Develop a C3 subsystem design or configuration to support an unmanned system application, management practice, or operational policy, incorporating new technology, methods, processes, or concepts, and communicate final recommendation to other stakeholders11. 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.

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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. Charles Reynerson - 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
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