SRJC Course Outlines

10/24/2020 1:23:36 PMCS 76.11 Course Outline as of Spring 2020

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  CS 76.11Title:  COMMERCIAL DRONE IMAGING  
Full Title:  Drone Piloting and Imaging
Last Reviewed:3/13/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled43.75
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled1.506 min.Lab Scheduled26.25
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total4.00 Contact Total70.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  87.50Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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An introduction to using drones for digital imaging. This course is designed to give the student the ability to photograph both stills and videos from drones. Emphasis is placed on safety, equipment selection, flying, and becoming licensed to use drones for commercial purposes. Provides a starting point to using drones in multiple disciplines and careers.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An introduction to using drones for digital imaging. This course is designed to give the student the ability to photograph both stills and videos from drones. Emphasis is placed on safety, equipment selection, flying, and becoming licensed to use drones for commercial purposes. Provides a starting point to using drones in multiple disciplines and careers.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2017Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Safely operate common Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) (drones).
2.  Capture still and video images from a UAS.
3.  Prepare to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS commercial pilot license exam.
4.  Understand the varied uses of unmanned vehicles in multiple disciplines and careers.
 

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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Define terminology related to UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) technology.
2. Differentiate among different kinds of drones.
3. Compare features of popular drone models.
4. Select the proper equipment required for UAS photography.
5. Discuss the safety and ethical issues related to drone photography.
6. Capture still and video images while flying a UAS.
7. Prepare to take the FAA UAS commercial pilot license exam.
8. Analyze the uses of UAS in multiple discipline and career areas.
9. Understand the fundamental mechanics of flight.

Topics and Scope
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I. Digital Imaging with Drones*
    A. Drone imaging equipment
    B. Imaging limitations
    C. Camera direction
         1. Lighting
         2. Shot composition
    D. Still vs. video
    E. Post processing
II. UAS Uses
    A. Real Estate
    B. Agriculture
    C. Public Safety
         1. Police
         2. Fire
         3. Search and rescue
    D. Surveying/Mapping
    E. Wildlife management
    F. Forest management
    G. Video production
    H. Photography
    I. Architecture
    J. Journalism
    K. Equipment maintenance
III. Aviation History
IV. UAS Terminology
V. Mechanics of Flight
    A. Aerodynamics
         1. Lift
         2. Drag
          3. Roll
         4. Pitch
         5. Yaw
    B. Control
         1. Sensor Input
         2. Actuator Result
         3. Open vs. Closed Loop Systems
    C. Materials
    D. Propulsion
         1. Fixed Wing
         2. Rotary Wing
    E. Sensors
         1. Visual
         2. Ultrasound
         3. Thermal/Infrared
         4. Gyroscope
         5. Accelerometer
         6. LIDAR
         7. GPS
VI. UAS Equipment and Technology
    A. Size
         1. Micro
         2. Mini
         3. Small
         4. Large
    B. Type
         1. Glider
         2. Wing Body
         3. Helicopter
         4. Ducted Fan
         5. Quadcopter
         6. Hexcopter
         7. Fixed-wing
    C. Features
         1. GPS
         2. Cameras
         3. Controllers
         4. Propulsion
              a. Electric
              b. Gas
    D. Performance
         1. Speed
         2. Battery Life
    E. Parts
         1. Body
         2. Motors
         3. Propellers
         4. Batteries
         5. Cameras
         6. Controllers
         7. Storage options
VII. Safety and Ethics
    A. Personal safety
    B. Property safety
    C. Privacy concerns
VIII. UAS Laws and Regulations
    A. FAA regulations
         1. Airspace issues
         2. Hobby vs. commercial usage
         3. Licensing
    B. Local laws
IX. Flying*
    A. Flight planning
    B. Hovering and tilting
    C. Flight patterns
         1. Tracking
         2. Following
         3. Waypoints
    D. Options vs. limitations
    E. Flight Logging
    F. Aircraft Maintenance
X. FAA Certification
    A. Remote Pilot
    B. Weather
    C. Charts
    D. Air Traffic Control
    E. Visual Line of Sight (VLOS)
 
*The above sections are covered in Lab

Assignments:
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Lecture Related Assignments:
1. Ten to twenty pages of reading per week
2. Digital imaging drone project proposal: contains rough ideas, sketches, shots that team
    members will create, required equipment, along with a description of the message to
    convey to target audience
3. Weekly forum posts on class-related topics
4. FAA exam preparation worksheets
5. Midterm and Final exams
6. Written paper discussing job possibilities in this developing industry
 
Lab Related Assignments:
1. Drone flight test

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
15 - 40%
Written proposal, forum posts, job possibility paper
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 25%
Exam preparation worksheets
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 35%
Drone flight test
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 30%
Exams to include multiple choice, matching items, completion, short answer
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Attendance and participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones. Cheng, Eric. Peachpit Press. 2015
Getting Started with Hobby Quadcopters and Drones: Learn about, buy and fly these amazing aerial vehicles. Issod, Craig. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2013

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