Course Title: Advanced Aerospace Topics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Aerospace Topics

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr Everson Kandare

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99256166

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus: Building 253, Level 3, Room 7

Course Coordinator Availability: Mondays 11:15 - 13:15 hrs

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Recommended pre-requisites will vary according to the specific advanced aerospace topics covered in any given semester, though completion of the third year of studies is typically expected. The Course Coordinator or Program Manager can give advice on pre-requisites for specific advanced topics offered in a particular semester.

Course Description

This course provides an opportunity for you to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of critical and advanced engineering principles within the aerospace discipline. The course will also provide the opportunity to study and research into advanced and emerging technology areas which are relevant to the field of aerospace engineering. You will learn and apply advanced technical skills focusing on areas of current and emerging relevance to the aerospace industry. This course will apply research methods in critically reviewing state-of-art and future technologies relevant to aerospace engineering.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes:

The aerospace engineering program is designed to ensure that, when you graduate, you will be able to perform professionally and effectively in aerospace engineering and related fields, and demonstrate that you have acquired the associated capability and skills as defined by Australia's national accreditation body, Engineers Australia.

1. Knowledge and Skill Base
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline

2. Engineering Application Ability
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects

3. Professional and Personal Attributes
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour
3.4 Effective team membership and team leadership

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Develop and apply advanced technical knowledge and skills in at least one specialist area relevant to aerospace engineering
  2. Seek out and critically appraise advanced technologies and emerging issues in a specialist area relevant to aerospace engineering
  3. Apply engineering principles to typical aerospace engineering challenges

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include lectures, in-class tests, virtual experiments, laboratory experiments, simulated industry design project; preliminary and final design report and, the project presentation.

Scheduled classes may be used in a number of ways, depending upon the needs of the class:

  • lectures will introduce you to concepts and theory;
  • tutorials will focus on solving real-world problems;
  • laboratory experiments will be used to understand the mechanical behaviour of aerospace materials.

In addition:

  • in-class tests will test your ability to understand and apply the theory to solve typical problems similar to those presented in lectures and tutorials;
  • the simulated industry design project will test your ability to solve problems of appropriate standard and to demonstrate understanding of key concepts in addition to assessing your team working attributes;
  • feedback will be made available on all assessment elements.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Blackboard, which is accessed through myRMIT. These can include lecture material, tutorials, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions, and references. Students will also have access to reference textbooks and published research articles available via the RMIT University library.

Additional resources

Class Presentations are the slides (Microsoft Powerpoint and PDF formats) that outline all course material, and should be your primary resource in terms of the structure and scope of the course. You are encouraged to come to lectures with a soft or hard copy of the presentations, and to annotate them or take notes during the lecture. As part of your study, you should review the summary slides to ensure you have understood the material, and attempt to answer the self-assessment questions provided by the course lecturer where applicable.

Tutorials and Worksheets are problems with worked solutions, which are provided across relevant Topics. You should attempt the problems first without using the solutions, so that you can simulate the exam and quiz conditions, and develop your problem-solving skills with regards to handling unknown problems.

Class Recordings are combined audio and video recordings that are captured from each class via the University’s recording systems. These are useful in reviewing and revising the class presentations, particularly in preparation for class tests. However, given the limitations of the format, experience with previous students has shown that Class Recordings should NOT be considered a substitute for attending classes. You are therefore encouraged to attend all scheduled classes and tutorials.

Student Questions is a list of any question that is sent to the course coordinator, and includes the response, and any further discussion. This is created as a thread with posts in a Discussion Forum, using the functionality in Blackboard. Students are invited to post questions as threads on this Discussion Forum, and to respond to posts uploaded by their peers. Any question that is emailed to the course coordinator will be responded to by email, and may also be posted as a thread in the Discussion Forum in an edited form with the student’s identity removed. Students wishing not to have their email questions posted on the Discussion Forum can request this from the course coordinator at the time of sending out their query.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Some assessments such as class tests and presentation of simulated industry design project will be completed individually. Other assessments including the laboratory report, preparation of simulated industry report and the presentation can be completed in teams (groups).

Assessment tasks

Class Tests

Early Assessment Task: Class Quiz 1
Weighting: 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 3
Description: One (1) hour of closed-book test covering content delivered in Module 1. Class Quiz 1 will be administered in Week 4 and feedback provided in Week 5.

Assessment Task 2: Class Quiz 2
Weighting: 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 3
Description: One (1) hour of closed-book test covering content delivered in Module 2. Class Quiz 2 will be administered in Week 8 and feedback provided in Week 9.

Assessment Task 3: Class Quiz 3
Weighting: 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 3
Description: One (1) hour of closed-book test covering content delivered in Module 3. Class Quiz 3 will be administered in Week 12 and feedback provided in Week 13.

Laboratory/Practical Report

Assessment Task: Laboratory Report
Weighting: 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 3
Description: A 90-minute long laboratory session involving fracture mechanics of aerospace FRP composites will be completed. Practical sessions will completed in groups of 4-5 students and are scheduled in Week 8. The group laboratory report is due in Week 10 with feedback provided in Week 12.

Simulated Industry Design Project

Assessment Task 1: Preliminary Design Report
Weighting: 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 3
Description: The preliminary report presents considerations undertaken with regards to the specific group design project. The preliminary report is due in Week 6 and feedback will be given in Week 7.

Assessment Task 2: Final Design Report
Weighting: 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 3
Description: The final project design report presents aerodynamic, structural and functional analysis and damage tolerance considerations. The final report is due in Week 13 and feedback will be given in Week 14.

Assessment Task 1: Project Presentation
Weighting: 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 3
Description: A 30-minute group presentation will be delivered in Week 15. All members of the team are expected to present outcomes of their project to a professional audience.