Course Syllabus

CS 76.11 Commercial Drone Imaging
Course Syllabus


Course Description

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. History and mechanics of flight will also be discussed.


Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:
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.

Class Meetings

Lecture: Wednesdays 6 - 8:30 pm, online via Zoom

Mandatory Lab Flight Days: Saturdays (9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/07, 10/21, and 10/28  from 11am-2:45pm). Saturday 11/04 and 11/18 are reserved as make-up days in case one of the regular days is rained out.


Instructor Contact

Donald Laird


Phone: (707) 524-1809

Office Hours:


I try my best to respond to emails within 2 work days. You must put the class section number in the subject line of any email you send to me.


Course Web Site

Students will use the Canvas course web site for assignment instructions, submitting assignments, viewing classmates' work, sharing resources, and viewing grades.




  • Remote Pilot Test Prep 2023: Study & Prepare, ISBN 978-1644252499 -OR- Remote Pilot Test Prep 2022: Study & Prepare, ISBN 3 978-1644251638
  • Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement - Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, and Private Pilot (FAA-CT-8080-2H), ISBN 979-8597608853



16 or 32gb UHS-I MicroSD card to store your photos and videos.


To be discussed in class


Important Dates

Day Class Begins: 8/16/2023

Day Class Ends: 12/13/2023

Last Day to Add without instructor's approval: 8/20/2023

Last Day to Drop with refund: 8/27/2023

Last Day to Add with instructor's approval: 9/03/2023

Last Day to Drop without a 'W' symbol: 9/03/2023

Last Day to Drop with a 'W' symbol: 11/12/2023

Last Day to Opt for Pass/No Pass: 12/15/2023


Dropping the Class

If you decide to discontinue this course, it is your responsibility to officially drop it. A student may be dropped from any class when that student's absences exceed ten percent (10%) of the total hours of class time. Ultimately, however, it is the student's responsibility to drop if not planning to finish the course. It is strongly advised that if you need to miss more than one class/homework deadline in a row that you contact the instructor.



Attendance in this course is very important, both for the information presented and for the opportunity to experience the provided flight time. This is especially true for the scheduled lab flight days.

Students who fail to attend the first class meeting may be dropped by the instructor.


Pass‐NoPass (P/NP)

You may take this class P/NP. You must decide before the deadline, and add the option online in your student portal or file the P/NP form with Admissions. With a grade of C or better, you will get P.

You must file for the P/NP option by the deadline given above. Once you decide to go for P/NP, you cannot change back to a letter grade.


Instructor Announcements

The instructor will post announcements on the “Instructor Announcements” page in Canvas throughout the semester. Canvas notifies students according to their preferred Notification Preferences. Be sure to turn on Canvas announcements in your student portal in order to receive these announcements immediately after they are made.


Late Policy

All assignments are due when specified, unless other instructions are given. A late submission will receive up to a 50% penalty. Submissions more than one week late are not accepted without prior arrangement.



There will be online midterm and final exams. The material comes from the class lectures and supplemental materials. If any exam is missed, a zero will be recorded as the score. It is your responsibility to take the exams by the due date.


Grading Policy

Click the “Grades” link in Canvas to keep track of your grades. I grade about once a week and post grades and comments in the Canvas gradebook.

Grades will be assigned as follows:










If taking Pass/No Pass you need at least 70% of the total class points and complete the midterm exam and the final exam to pass the class.


Standards of Conduct

Students who register in SRJC classes are required to abide by the SRJC Student Conduct Standards. Violation of the Standards is basis for referral to the Vice President of Student Services or dismissal from class or from the College. See the Student Conduct page.

Collaborating on or copying of tests or homework in whole or in part will be considered an act of academic dishonesty and result in a grade of 0 for that test or assignment. Students are encouraged to share information and ideas, but not their work.

All written work is to be original; plagiarism of any kind will result in a failing grade on that assignment. Students who plagiarize or cheat may be suspended – for one or two class meetings by the instructor – and referred to the Conduct Dean for discipline sanction, in cases of egregious violation. Please see Policy 3.11 for Academic Integrity .


Special Needs

If you need disability-related accommodations for this class, such as access to notes, test taking services, special furniture, etc., please provide the Authorization for Academic Accommodations (AAA letter) from the Disability Resources Department (DRD) to the instructor as soon as possible. You may speak with the instructor privately during office hours about your accommodations. Please contact DRD if you have not received authorization for accommodations. DRD is located in the Bertolini Student Center on the Santa Rosa campus, and Jacobs Hall on the Petaluma Campus.


List of assignments

Note to students: the assignments listed below do not include all course content. To view all course content, go to Modules.


Course Summary:

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