Course Title: Aerospace Engineering Professional Skills 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aerospace Engineering Professional Skills 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Assoc Prof Lachlan Thompson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6265

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus Bld 251 Level 3

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

AERO2248 Professional Practice or equivalent approved (by RMIT Aerospace) Course.

Course Description

This subject is designed to further develop the student’s communication skills in a variety of formats including oral presentations and research reports. Through the completion of discipline-specific tasks the students are given opportunities to develop leadership and teamwork skills. Examination of the social implications of technology deployment and the non-technical factors which affect engineering design are examined through reflection on specific Aerospace and Aviation case studies. Issues such as ethics, intellectual property, and research are considered in terms of both the engineering environment and the wider community.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course aims to give the students exposure to work practices such as team work and remote communication which are prevalent in the engineering industry. Time will also be spent examining issues relating to technology, such as the social and ethical determinants on how technology is implemented.

Through this course students will achieve competence in the areas essential in the Aerospace Industry as managers and engineers. These include  interpersonal communication, teamwork, oral presentations, occupational health and safety, research skills, self-management, report writing and project management. The course aims to provide students with the knowledge and experience to continue their life-long learning experience. In particular, students will be encouraged to develop their reflective skills through the maintenance of a professional development portfolio, and will have opportunities to practice peer- and self-appraisal and feedback.
This course aims to advance the students’ development of the following skills:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, not only with Aerospace engineers but also with the community at large
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity
    to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional Engineer,
    and the principles of sustainable design and development
  • Understanding of and commitment to professional and ethical responsibilities
  • Expectation and capacity to undertake lifelong learning.

Overview of Learning Activities

The following skill areas will be covered and supported by hands-on activities in this course, extending previous studies:

  • Teamwork
  • Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S)
  • Project Management
  • Meeting management
  • Research skills
  • Experimental technique
  • Product design and presentation
  • Investigative skills
  • Intellectual Property
  • Report writing
  • Communication skills
  • Conflict resolution and negotiation
  • Oral presentations
  • Self-management
  • Team management

Overview of Learning Resources

Topic guides and associated learning resources are posted in the online classroom. Students must review the topic guides prior to the week of topic delivery as lecture and tutorial preparation and participation are mandatory and assessable.
Distributed Learning System (DLS) AERO2250 online classroom.

Overview of Assessment

Assesment is in the form of a sequence of project tasks.  The task assignments are representative of tasks expected of a graduate in an aviation or aerospace industry position.

The tasks initially commence with individual tasks providing a frame work for later team work tasks.

Student learning is supported by written feed back to the student on completion of the task.