CPA600 - Computer Programming Aerospace

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Subject Title
Computer Programming Aerospace

Subject Description
CPA600 is, in part, an introductory course in Visual programming for Windows.  The student learns to develop graphical user interface applications using Visual programming software. Emphasis is placed on using software to write programmes to solve aviation related problems.

In this course, the student is also introduced to the Collins 4200 Flight Management System (FMS). It is studied in order to prepare the student for its use in the Jet Transition Program and Phase 9 Line Oriented Flight Training.  Students learn the necessary programming skills for advanced Flight Control Computer systems and they learn how they are integrated with the FMS and the Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) for all phases of commercial flight operations.  Students also will obtain proficiency in Area Navigation (RNAV) and Managed Vertical Navigation (VNAV) by using all available flight deck automation tools, including error detection and correction methods.

Credit Status
One Credit

A student may not continue in the Bachelor of Applied Technology (Flight Program) without a minimum of 65% in this course.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe the Visual programming environment.

2. Recognize and use event-driven and object-oriented programming models.

3. Design user-friendly interfaces and write maintainable code.

4. Design and code simple to intermediate Windows applications using a variety of tools.

5. Debug programs.

6. Access and manipulate files and databases.


7. Program the Collins 4200 FMS program for flight planning and for all phases of flight from take-off to approach and landing.

8. Employ the Flight Control Computer/Auto Flight Control system in the CRJ200 simulator.

9. Interface the FMS with the Auto Flight Control System (AFCS) and the EFIS.

10. Employ procedures for Managed Vertical Navigation and Area Navigation using the automation tools available on the flight deck.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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