Course Title: Aerospace Dynamics and Control

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aerospace Dynamics and Control

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Anna Bourmistrova

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8081

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MIET2124 Dynamics
MATH2124 Mathematics and Statistics for Aerospace, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering 

Course Description

This course develops and equips you with the fundamental theoretical basis for modelling and control of dynamic systems, with a focus on aerospace systems. On completion of this course, you will be able to develop models describing the behaviour of dynamic systems, critically analyse system stability and response, and design control strategies to achieve desired system behaviour. The theoretical and analytical tools are applied to analyse simple mechanical aerospace systems with multiple degrees of freedom and rigid body dynamics of fixed-wing aircraft. You will also develop theoretical tools to understand basic aircraft stability augmentation and autopilot systems. 

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. 
This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information. (;ID=eyj5c0mo77631)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes: 
• Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline
• In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
• Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources
• Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Define and apply the fundamental concepts for the analysis of dynamic systems with multi-degree freedom
  2. Analyse and interpret the frequency response of linear dynamic systems
  3. Use rigid body equations of motion for fixed-wing aircraft
  4. Analyse the stability and response of fixed-wing aircraft in relation to aircraft flying and handling criteria
  5. Define and apply fundamental concepts for the analysis of systems with feedback
  6. Develop feedback control approaches for dynamic systems
  7. Describe basic aircraft stability augmentation and autopilot systems
  8. Use software to analyse dynamic systems and verify analytical solutions
  9. Communicate aircraft dynamics and control concepts and results to professionals and lay persons alike

Overview of Learning Activities

Weekly lectures will introduce you to the key theoretical concepts that are further illustrated through practical worked examples. Additional handouts will be provided to you to supplement the content delivered verbally in the lectures.

Regular tutorials will require you to apply theory to problems that have been specifically aligned with the lecture content for that week. Tutorials will also require you to develop your skills in the use of mathematical software packages.

You will be required to complete assignments / quizzes as part of the assessment for this course. These are closely aligned with questions presented in the lectures and tutorials and are intended to support the ongoing/progressive learning throughout the semester. You should use these as opportunities to test your comprehension of key concepts.

The learning activities for this course include a progressive assignment that will require you to work in a team in applying your knowledge to a hands-on problem. The assignment will reinforce theory through application and real world demonstration

Overview of Learning Resources

Whilst the primary teaching method is through face-to-face lectures, where possible, all course materials (inclusive of weekly lecture slides, Lectopia/lecture recordings, associated handouts, tutorials and tutorial solutions, assignments and related readings) will be made available to you via the course Canvas website. 

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).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Assignment 1
Weighting 20%
Description: Analysis and evaluation of transient response of 1DoF system using 4 methods of solution of differential equations  
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2

Assessment 2: Quizzes (In-class)
Weighting 15%
This assessment supports CLOs 3, 4

Assessment 3: Assignment 2 (Group)
Weighting 15%
Description: Analysis and evaluation of longitudinal response of aircraft model to elevator inputs, both theoretically and experimentally.
This assessment supports CLOs 3, 4, 5, 9

Assessment 4: Final exam
Weighting 50%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-9