Drone Technology

Online course to help you understand more about drones. Learn about the different uses of drones in various tasks and different industries.

Course Code: BIT207
Fee Code: S2
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Learn what Drones are and how they can be used in a variety of industries.

The Drone Technology course will help you understand different types of drones, how they work, and how they are used across a broad variety of industries.

The applications and uses for drones are expanding all the time, across many industries. More opportunities to use drone technology are expanding all of the time. Drones have very real, practical uses in:

  • Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Land and Environmental Management
  • Media and Entertainment Industries
  • Supply Logistics
  • Military Industries
  • Construction
  • Exploration -Geological, Space and more.

 

This course will increase your awareness of the value and possibilities for using drones and also your ability to solve problems and be more productive in a variety of workplaces will be enhanced.

Lesson Structure

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Drone Technology
    • What is a Drone?
    • History of Drones
    • Types of Drones
    • Connectivity
    • Purpose of a Drone
  2. Drone Features and Operation
    • Main Features of Drones
    • Components
    • Operation of Drones
  3. Benefits, Risks and Legalities
    • Ethical Concerns
    • Legal Considerations
  4. Environmental Applications
    • Land Management
    • Reforestation
    • Sustainable Agriculture and Crop Monitoring
    • Monitoring & Inspection of Renewable Energy Sources, Pipelines, and Oil Rigs
    • Wildlife Conservation
    • Transport & Delivery
  5. Exploratory and Discovery Applications
    • Drones in Exploration
    • Oceanic Exploration
    • Space Exploration
    • Drones in Mining Applications
  6. Retail and Service Applications
    • Drones in Real Estate
    • Photography
    • Drones for Online Services
    • Drones in Security
    • Drones in Behavioural Economics
  7. Agronomic and Horticulture Applications
    • Horticulture
    • Agronomy
    • Viticulture
    • Livestock
    • Precision Agriculture
    • Applications
  8. Construction and Industry Applications
    • Construction Drones
    • Mapping and Land Surveys
    • Data and Scheduling
    • Track and Inventory Equipment
    • Progress Reports and Collaboration
    • Safety and Inspections
    • Security and Surveillance
    • Limitations of Drones in Construction
  9. Telecommunication Applications
    • Drone Technology in Telecommunications

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Discuss the scope and nature of how drones are used.
  • Discuss features that affect the drone’s purpose and any specific uses.
  • Explain benefits, risks and concerns surrounding the use of drones in both commercial and private environments.
  • Discuss how drones are used in environmental research, conservation, and sustainability applications.
  • Explain significant applications for different types of drones in areas of exploration and discovery.
  • Discuss how retailers, including online retailers, may use drones in their business and marketing plans.
  • Explain features of drones used in agriculture and horticulture and how they are used in these industries.
  • Discuss how drones can be used in the construction industry.
  • Explain how drones can be used in the telecommunication industry.

Drones can look quite different from one another based on the type of drone being examined. Excluding differences in propulsion and method of lift there are a number of common features. All drones require a power supply, antenna, receiver, flight control instruments and sensors. We will investigate these items here with reference to the layout of a common multi rotor drone.

Any information about drones and their features is essentially connected to the type and application of the drone. Significant applications cover recreational, photographic, commercial, and military purposes. Examples of features include camera types, resolution of captured videos and images, megapixels, and formats for media storage. Other critical features include flight time, speed, hover accuracy, sensor types, obstacle sensing range, altitude hold, live video feed, and flight logs.





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Tutors

Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Julia Mayo-Ramsay

PhD (University of Tasmania), Graduate Certificate in Maritime Safety (AMC) LLM (Environmental Law ANU), GDLP (ANU), LLB (SCU), BL&JS (SCU), MAppSc (Hawkesbury), Graduate Diploma Agriculture (Hawkesbury), Certificate IV Training & Assessment, Certificate IV Frontline Management.

Dr Julia Mayo-Ramsay is a practising environmental and agricultural lawyer. She holds a PhD in International Environmental Law, LLM, BLJS, GDLP, LLM (Environmental Law) and a Master of Applied Science (Agriculture).
Julia started out in agriculture working on various dairy farms in the 1980s before working as dairy manager / tutor at Hawkesbury Agricultural College Richmond NSW. Julia then went on to work at Riverina Artificial Breeders at Tabletop (Albury) NSW as an embryo transfer technician assisting vets with artificial breeding and embryo transfer in cattle, sheep and deer. This was followed by two years as a herd manager for a very large commercial dairy herd milking 3,000 cows over three dairies on the outskirts of Sydney before heading overseas. In 1994 Julia accepted a position in NE Thailand at the Sakhon Nakhon Institute of Technology (now a University) training farmers and students in cattle breeding and dairy farm management. On returning to Australia in late 1996 Julia completed a Master of Applied Science in Agriculture at Hawkesbury Agricultural College (UWS) as well as law degrees and maritime studies. Julia now works as a Lawyer in the area of environmental and rural law.
Currently Julia teaches a variety of maritime subjects for Marine Rescue NSW.
As well as teaching Julia is working on a number of environmental research projects.

Megan Cox

Megan has completed a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Conservation) with Honours from Writtle University College, as well as a Master of Science Degree in Countryside Management from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Her experience includes working as a Botanist, Ecologist, Head Gardener, Market Gardener and a Farming and Conservation Officer.

She has worked in various roles in Horticulture, Agriculture and Ecology since 2005. Megan has worked for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Centre for Environment and Rural Affairs among other organisations in the UK, as well as in Australia and Cambodia.

Maria Schmitz Fontes

PhD (Marine Science), MSc (Environmental Engineering), BA Hons (Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biochemistry)

Maria has extensive experience in Environmental Science working in the private and public sectors. She has 6 years of experience teaching graduate and post-graduate students subjects as Marine Pollution, Microbial Ecology, Geochemistry, Oceanography, Methods in Aquatic Science and Benthic Ecology. She has published over 20 scientific articles and book chapters. She has also coordinated an innovative project in bioenergy production using simple-cheap methods to isolate microbes in laboratory. She has collaborated with scientists of Climate Change Cluster Group from University of Technology Sydney and has current interests in areas such as: sustainability and clean energy.

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