Course Title: Aerospace Special Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aerospace Special Project

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Graham Dorrington

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6150

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus: Building 251, Level 3, Room 26

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

As the special project undertaken will vary, pre-requisite knowledge will also vary. 

Course Description

This course gives you the opportunity to obtain academic recognition for work done on a special project. Examples include an international RFP-based design (or design and build), student design competition, or nationally or internationally competitive or commercial spin-off project. The design work is undertaken under joint supervision and/or assessment (university and industry), and simulates the environment of a professional engineering design office. Team work and lines and methods of reporting will be defined, and the expectation is that the project work will be ‘on time’ and ‘on budget’ as appropriate to the expectation of the output of an engineering professional.

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
  • Ethical conduct and professional accountability
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains
  • 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. Analyse typical issues and challenges of the chosen engineering project
  2. Demonstrate the ability to be a successful member of a design team and to produce a design outcome at the level expected of a practising professional engineer
  3. Demonstrate and use reflection as an evaluation and quality improvement tool to foster professional-level communication skills

Overview of Learning Activities

Your supervised group work will help you develop critical professional skills. While most of your time will be un-supervised - as in the professional engineering environment - your supervisors (university and industry) will provide constructive criticism and guidance at key times. Your group work will involve brainstorming, discussion, presentations, critiquing, calculations, time to integrate ideas, and other activities critical to the design and development of a complex engineering system.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will access many learning resources in the library, from industry sources and elsewhere during the course of the project. Your supervisor will be available at agreed times, but, if possible, will consult with you only at times critical to the progress in, and direction of, the project.

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 scope presentation (individual)
Weighting 20%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3

Presentation and project portfolio (individual)
Weighting 80%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3