Course Title: Aircraft Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aircraft Systems

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 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Singapore Inst of Management


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Offsh3 16


Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong


172H School of Engineering


Offsh3 17

Course Coordinator: Professor Roberto Sabitini

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925-8015

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.03.24

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description


This introductory course provides you with a practical and qualitative appreciation of aircraft systems. These systems are essential as they enable them to function safely and effectively.

Key areas of study include:

  • Airframe systems; including hydraulic, pneumatic, and environmental control systems etc.
  • Aerospace avionics; navigation, flight control computer, warning systems, air traffic management etc.
  • Aircraft electrical power generation, distribution, and storage.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes

Problem-solving and design:

  • Demonstrating information skills and research methods.

Abstraction and modelling:

  • 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. Describe the types of on-board systems carried by aircraft, and their respective functions
  2. Describe the integral airframe systems of an aircraft, and their respective functions
  3. Identify and explain basic air traffic management systems utilised in aviation
  4. Discuss the applications of aircraft systems to the broader aviation industry, such as accident/incident investigation, safety management, etc.
  5. Demonstrate skills in research and information resource gathering
  6. Master the technical vocabulary of the 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 Guide is:

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 (Leaning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks


Assessment Task 1: Tests

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 3
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: Research Assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4, 5, 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 CLOs 1, 2, 3, & 6