Unmanned Systems (UNSY)

Courses

UNSY 205  Applied Physics for Unmanned Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides students with a foundation in physics as required to understand unmanned systems applications such as sensor technology; communication and control interfaces; and electro-technical and electronic application design, construction, & implementation. Emphasis is put on elementary particle theory, field properties, wave propagation, and optical relationships as required for an understanding of applications within the electromagnetic spectrum to include modulation concepts, analog and digital electronic circuitry to include signal logic, and electromechanical and electromotive devices to include servo applications.
Prerequisites: PHYS 102 and MATH 140 and MATH 142 or MATH 143 or MATH 111.

UNSY 235  sUAS Flight and Mission Planning  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will introduce undergraduate students to specific aspects of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) flight and mission planning in support of task-oriented flying operations. Attention will be given to tools, methods, and skills used to support selection, configuration, and application processes during planning, pre-flight, inflight (monitoring and data-gathering), post-flight, and post-processing procedures. A comprehensive understanding of current sUAS systems and operating requirements will be reviewed and navigation concepts and components introduced.Unmanned aircraft contain a variety of system packages that are unique to the environment in which they operate. The student will identify the system packages available, and determine their proper operation during unmanned aircraft flight applications.
Prerequisites: ASCI 316 and RSCH 202.

UNSY 235L  sUAS Flight and Mission Planning Laboratory  1 Credit (0,1)

This laboratory is dedicated to Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) flight planning techniques, procedures, and methods. Students will apply vehicle specific knowledge to create detailed flight plans and adhere to procedures. This lab is designed to complement UNSY 235.
Prerequisites: ASCI 316 and RSCH 202 Corequisites: UNSY 235.

UNSY 307  Unmanned Systems Networking  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is a study of the information technology, communications, and frequency spectrum used in conjunction with unmanned systems around the world. Students explore signal processing, communications, interfaces, data links/exchange, FCC regulations, interoperability, and communication standards and protocols associated with robotic systems. Attention will be given to tools and methods used to support development, configuration, and application of unmanned systems individual and networked operations through communication and information processing of signals and data.
Prerequisites: UNSY 205 and RSCH 202.

UNSY 311  Unmanned Ground Systems and Applications  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts and commonly applied technology used for unmanned ground systems (UGS). Students are exposed to an historical perspective, control fundamentals, control systems, mobility methods, sensor systems, and applications such as agriculture, search and rescue, firefighting, construction, mining, and others. Attention will be given to tools and methods used to support development, configuration, and application of UGS to conduct operations of appropriate vehicles, sensors, and payloads in terrestrial environments.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

UNSY 313  Unmanned Maritime Systems and Applications  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts and commonly applied technology used for unmanned maritime systems (UMS). Students are exposed to an historical perspective, control fundamentals, control systems, surface and underwater methods, sensor systems, and applications such as search and locate, inspection, construction, and others. Attention will be given to tools and methods used to support development, configuration, and application of UMS to conduct operations of appropriate vehicles, sensors, and payloads in marine environments.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

UNSY 319  Unmanned Systems Operational Interaction and Control  3 Credits (3,0)

This course serves as an overview of the concepts and principles affecting operational interaction and control of unmanned systems. Students will explore the principles of command, control, and communications (C3) as the foundation to design, planning, and interactions of standalone and interoperable (human-system and system-system) processes in centralized and distributed models. Attention will be given to considerations relating to the development, configuration, and application of individual and multi-unmanned system solutions and behavior used in teleoperated (manual), autonomous, and cooperative/collaborative operations.
Prerequisites: UNSY 205 and RSCH 202.

UNSY 321  Unmanned Systems Localization and Path Planning  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces students to concepts of localization, orientation, and navigation as applicable to the application of unmanned systems in various operational domains (e.g., air, space, ground, and maritime). Different navigational methods will be examined, utilizing on/off-board technologies for determining and manipulating vehicle positioning and orientation, to include visual sensors; distance and density sensing; inertial navigation; positional referencing and determination mechanisms; computational methods; and possible combinations supporting sensor fusion and dead reckoning. A required knowledge base in cartographical methods and principles will be provided to lead into presentation and discussion of pre/in-flight planning considerations and applicable error corrections. Emphasis will be placed on application of planning and optimization practices and the required navigational calculation framework.
Prerequisites: UNSY 205 and RSCH 202.

UNSY 325  Unmanned Systems Testing and Inspection  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides students with an opportunity to explore and apply the fundamental concepts, methods, and tools associated with the testing and inspection of unmanned systems components, elements, subsystems, and unified designs. Types and methods of testing and inspection will be examined, including acceptance, compliance, quality assurance and control, reliability, and system/subsystem operational readiness. Students will gain a comprehension of the rationale and variation among test and inspection types to produce strategies and plans, map requirements, justify recommendations, and document results. Attention will be placed on the development, manufacturing, and operational (configuration and application) environments.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

UNSY 329  Unmanned Systems Computation and Programming  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides students with an introduction and opportunity to apply the fundamental concepts and commonly applied technology used for unmanned systems calculation, processing, and programming. It includes an examination of system processing and prevalent hardware; logical design; interfaces and interoperability; algorithms and data; types, structure, and functionality of common programming languages; testing and debugging as relating to the design or optimization of unmanned systems. Attention will be given to tools and methods used to support development, configuration, and application of computational architecture for command, control, and communication (C3), autonomous operation, and sensor data processing.
Prerequisites: UNSY 205 and RSCH 202.

UNSY 331  Unmanned Systems Legal and Regulatory Compliance  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces students to the wide ranging legal requirements, regulations, and policies affecting the development and application of unmanned systems across various operational domains (air, space, maritime, and ground). It features examination of current legal frameworks and domain specific rules; compliance enforcement; challenges and issues; case examples; processes for change; intellectual property and design; and emerging concepts. Unique factors and challenges that impact domain specific types of unmanned systems such as unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and autonomous automobiles will be addressed. Attention will be given to those laws, regulations, and policies relating to the development, configuration, and application of command, control, and communication (C3), autonomous operation, and the capture and review of sensor data.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

UNSY 361  Unmanned Systems Sensing Technology  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides an overview of the technology and concepts used to remotely gather information about an unmanned system operating environment. Students will examine the fundamental concepts and methods of sensing systems including the type, format, and capabilities of sensors; signal and data processing; interfaces and communication protocols; component and system integration; use cases; challenges and issues; and emerging concepts. Attention will be given to tools and methods used to support development, configuration, and application of sensing systems used as primary payload or input for command, control, and communication (C3) or autonomous operation.
Prerequisites: UNSY 205 and RSCH 202.

UNSY 405  Unmanned Systems Operational Environments and Conditions  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides an overview of complex environmental issues and conditions with respect to factors affecting performance and appropriateness of platform and associated components. Students are introduced to concepts of matching the mission purpose and the environment/conditions with the design and capabilities of an unmanned system. Elements of extreme temperature, terrain, weather, pressure, range, and required endurance are explored. Attention will be given to considerations relating to the development, configuration, and application of correctly identified robotic solutions based on problem sets, environments, conditions, and operational types.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

UNSY 415  Unmanned Space Systems and Application  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals and commonly applied technology for unmanned space systems. Historical perspectives, current developments, and possible future concepts will be discussed. Students will be exposed to unmanned space system specific considerations of craft design requirements, maneuvering fundamentals and control systems, and payload selection. A fundamental knowledge base in space navigation and orbital maneuvering will be provided. This course builds on other unmanned systems courses (as defined in prerequisites). Previously introduced unmanned systems operational domains (air, space, ground, and maritime) will be applied towards exploration of extraterrestrial celestial bodies, such as planets, moons, comets, and asteroids. Attention will be given to the conceptual understanding of current and future challenges in unmanned space system development and employment.
Prerequisites: ASCI 315 PHYS 102 RSCH 202 UNSY 311 UNSY 313 and UNSY 405.

UNSY 421  Unmanned Systems Mission Planning  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will build on prior unmanned systems localization and path planning coursework and will introduce students to concepts of task and object oriented unmanned systems employment. Previous navigational knowledge will be applied towards specific mission objectives, incorporating considerations of point/area of interest approach planning; payload selection and employment optimization; inter/intra-system coordination and de-confliction; contingency planning; and mission assessment/evaluation. Attention will be given to application of task and objective definitions; system, sensor, and payload selection/matching; and performance based scenario planning.
Prerequisites: ASCI 410 or UNSY 361 and UNSY 321 UNSY 405 and RSCH 202.

UNSY 431  Unmanned Systems Human Factors Considerations  3 Credits (3,0)

This course serves as an overview of human factors concepts and implications affecting the development, configuration, and application of unmanned systems. Students will be exposed to types and functions of human-machine-interfaces (HMI)s; human behavior, capabilities, and limitations; psychological and perceptual information processing; sensation, cognition, and ergonomics; and effects of autonomy. Attention will be given to considerations relating to the development, configuration, and application of HMIs used for command, control, and communication (C3), autonomous operation, and the review and manipulation of sensor data.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

UNSY 435  sUAS Practical Application and Assessment  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will introduce undergraduate students to safely and effectively perform small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) operations in support of program and educational goals, through the practical application and practice of fundamental knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA)s. Students will participate in the review and practice of basic to advanced aircraft controls (manual and automatic), checklist and emergency procedures, flight planning, review of platform specific traits, aerial photography and post-flight processing techniques, pilot application, crew resource management, and instructor-student practical assessment. The use of both interactive scenario-based modeling and simulation and actual (live) sUAS tools helps students to establish and improve unmanned airmanship skills in settings supporting incremental exposure, progression, and assessment combined with instructor-guided feedback and practice. With the successful completion of this course a student can expect to demonstrate appropriate application of unmanned airmanship, while attaining further comprehension of key factors supporting productive, purposeful, responsible, and legal operation of sUAS. Prerequisites: FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate and courses listed.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

UNSY 490  Unmanned Systems Application Capstone Course  3 Credits (3,0)

The Unmanned Systems Capstone Course is the culminating effort of the student?s entire learning experience. The student will complete a project that provides significant evidence of experience in unmanned systems application studies. Students will work with designated faculty members to formulate, develop, and complete the unmanned systems application project. The completion of the Capstone Course is designed to document significant evidence that Program Outcomes have been met, and provides the student evidence of experience to show to current and prospective employers. The Capstone Course will be taken as the final course of the degree program.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.