Course Title: Introduction to Aircraft

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Aircraft

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

AERO2376

City Campus

Undergraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

AERO2376

City Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

AERO2484

Singapore Inst of Management

Undergraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Internet

Offsh3 14,
Offsh1 15,
Offsh3 15,
Offsh1 16

AERO2484

Singapore Inst of Management

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Internet

Offsh1 17,
Offsh3 17

AERO2540

Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong

Undergraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Offsh3 16

Course Coordinator: Dr Graham Wild

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8051

Course Coordinator Email: graham.wild@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: SAMME Offices City campus (Building 57, Level 3, Room 27)

Course Coordinator Availability: Please use email to make an appointment.


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None. 


Course Description

This course provides a broad introduction to aircraft by considering a number of topics related to the role, function and operation of flight vehicles. The course introduces the fundamental science underpinning aerodynamics, propulsion and structures. Practical integration issues relating to achieving flight - such as aircraft economics - are also addressed. This includes exploring attributes and limitations relating to the atmosphere and well as examining the anatomy and configuration of aircraft. Other areas of study include stability and control, as well as high-speed flight. Emerging technologies and contemporary issues in aviation are also addressed to facilitate an understanding of emerging challenges in 21st century. The course will provide essential knowledge relating to all technical aspects of further study, including but not limited to aircraft systems, sustainability, maintenance, and airworthiness.       


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH078 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and BH082 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business (Management):
• Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
• Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
• Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP070 Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) and BP284 Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) / Bachelor of Business (Management):
• Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs, establish priorities and the goals, constraints and uncertainties of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.), using systems thinking, while recognising ethical implications of professional practice.
• Communicate and coordinate proficiently by listening, speaking, reading and writing English for professional practice, working as an effective member or leader of diverse teams.
• Apply abstraction, mathematics and discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation, using appropriate computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices, ensuring model applicability, accuracy and limitations. 


On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Summarise the history and development of aviation, as well as future trends in technology, and contemporary issues.
2. Identify functions of key aircraft features, and rationalise the selection of different forms of propulsion used by aircraft
3. Recognise constraints imposed by the nature of the environment in which aircraft operate, bother physical and operational
4. Predict the forces experienced by an aircraft based on fundamental physical principles and identify technologies to control an aircraft’s stability, at both subsonic and supersonic speeds
5. Analyse important aspects of aircraft performance
6. Master the professional vocabulary of aerospace and aviation industry

 


Overview of Learning Activities

Face to face learning activities may include lectures and tutorials. A detailed learning and planning guide will be provided for self-directed study.
Blackboard will be utilised extensively to facilitate a flipped class room approach, and for the presentation of research assignment results.
Communication and research skills will be fostered with the use of the research assignment and the required communication via Blackboard.
 


Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures notes, PowerPoint slides, tutorial worksheets, and other resource material will be available on the course Blackboard which is accessed through myRMIT. Textbooks to support the learning material are also prescribed. In addition to this, the RMIT Library has full text access to a large number of journals to facilitate research and to enable students to complete their assignments.
The relevant RMIT Library Subject Guides are:
http://rmit.libguides.com/aerospaceeng
http://rmit.libguides.com/aviationmanagement
 


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).

Assessments

Assessment Task 1: Tests
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports all CLOs
Feedback will be given in the form of class discussion about the tests
This assessment will provide students with an indication of their early performance

Assessment Task 2: Discussion Board Research Assignments
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, and 6
Feedback will be provided to students individually via the course Blackboard.
This assessment will provide students with an indication of their early performance.

Assessment Task 3: Examination
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports all CLOs