Course Title: Management of Aerospace Design and Research

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Management of Aerospace Design and Research

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Cees Bil

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6176

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

AERO2252 Design for Manufacture and Assembly or equivalent
AERO2356 Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics or equivalent

Course Description

The course offers aerospace design and research methodology in different contexts. The determination of a sized design of an aircraft concept is covered. This includes defining requirements, concept evaluation, weight estimation, sizing, configuration, and optimisation. Various design methods are presented, with focus on engineering estimation, dealing with ill-defined design problems, and concept generation and evaluation. Design management aspects are covered, including project management, intellectual property, professional ethics, risk/hazard management, costing, environmental principles and sustainability. Research methods are developed including critical review of appropriate information, data generation and interpretation methods, and communication of research outcomes. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

  • Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline
  • Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline
  • Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
  • Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
  • Ethical conduct and professional accountability
  • Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour
  • Professional use and management of information
  • Orderly management of self, and professional conduct
  • Effective team membership and team leadership

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Determine a sized design layout for an aircraft concept based on defining its requirements
  2. Describe the design process, key considerations, contextual factors and constraints in different aerospace contexts
  3. Apply project management practice and research to an aerospace project

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include lectures, quizzes, assignments, projects and tutorials.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Blackboard, which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture material, tutorials, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions, and references. You are also encouraged to consult various resources available in the library, primarily design textbooks, NASA reports, EDSU datasheets, Jane’s All the World Aircraft, and scientific journals.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment will consist of the following:

Assignment 1 (20%): Aircraft Initial Weight Estimation (Individual)
Students produce weight and key parameter estimation for an aircraft concept based on a set of requirements.

Assignment 2 (45%) Aircraft Configuration Sizing (Group)
A student team (3 students max) conduct a sizing exercise for an aircraft with a given mission. Each group is given a different mission.

Assignment 3 (30%): Research and planning assignment (Group)
Students develop a proposal for a research-based aerospace project, using research methods and project management practice.

Reflection video (5%) (Individual)
A short video presentation reflecting on your skill development in this course.