Course Title: Advanced Aerospace Design Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Aerospace Design Project

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

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Cees Bil

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6176

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus: Building 253, Level 3, Room 64

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

AERO2255 Management of Aerospace Design and Research
Completion of AERO2362 Aerospace Design Project is expected and would be an advantage

Course Description

This course provides an opportunity to refine a complex, indeterminate aerospace system design, with the aim of resolving technical detail and integrating this within a credible conceptual design solution. The course is primarily project-based, with students working in design teams. A conceptual design for an aerospace system such as a fixed-wing aircraft, rotorcraft, spacecraft or unmanned aircraft system is provided. Technical activities are identified as being critical to the development and assessment of the conceptual design. Students then conduct these activities, which can be analytical, experimental or computational, and use the outcomes to further resolve the aerospace system design.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours): 

  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes
  • Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains
  • Effective team membership and team leadership

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Identify feasible and necessary technical activities for the development of a conceptual design for a complex, indeterminate aerospace system
  2. Plan and execute technical activities in support of the design of an aerospace system and critically evaluate the outcomes 
  3. Use the outcomes of design-focused technical activities to refine a conceptual design for a complex, indeterminate aerospace system
  4. Evaluate the performance of a conceptual aerospace system design against a set of engineering requirements

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include lectures, project-based individual and team work and facilitated group meetings.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Blackboard site, which is accessed through myRMIT. This material can include any course notes, details related to the conceptual design and references.

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

Project management plan
Weighting 15%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2

Critical design review
Weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Final presentation
Weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Design portfolio
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Final report
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4