Course Title: Introduction to Aircraft

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Aircraft

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


110P SEH Portfolio Office


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Varinder Sohi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0053

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Point Cook & City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By e-mail

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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 you to 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, high-speed flight and emerging technologies. Contemporary issues in aviation are also addressed.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for AD023.

  • 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 

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of this course are:

  1. Put into a historic context the development of aviation
  2. Identify functions of key aircraft features
  3. Recognise constraints imposed by nature in the environment in which aircraft operate
  4. Predict forces experienced by an aircraft based on fundamental physics principles and identify technologies to control aircraft stability
  5. Rationalise selection of different forms of propulsion used by aircraft
  6. Analyse important aspects of aircraft performance
  7. Identify economic factors influencing decisions relating to aircraft 
  8. Differentiate between requirements of subsonic and supersonic flights
  9. Master the professional vocabulary of aerospace and aviation industry

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course, you will learn through the following activities:

  • Face to Face Teaching: to obtain an introduction to aircraft and flight fundamentals.
  • Personal reading (e.g. prescribed sections of the textbook) to reinforce/strengthen their understanding of principles and applications.
  • Tutorials: student need to attempt solving practice questions alone and with friends, and participation in team based learning will be helpful.
  • Assignments: assignments will challenge students through application oriented problems, and will enhance problem solving skills.
  • Tests: assessed during semester. Solutions will be discussed in the class to give feedback to the students. The test provides information both to the student and the lecturer about the progress of the learning process and the feedback helps to improve the situation for final examination if necessary.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will consist of recommended references and class notes which may be accessed through "myRMIT". 

Journal Articles as case studies

PowerPoint presentations 

Youtube videos for simulation and demonstration of concepts and theories.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment Task 1: Tutorials
Weighting towards final grade: 25%
This task assesses the following learning outcomes:
CLOs 1-9

Assessment Task 2- Group Assignment 
Weighting towards final grade (%): 35%
This task assesses the following learning outcomes:
CLOs 2,3 &4

Assessment Task 3- Individual Assignment
Weighting towards final grade (%): 25%
This task assesses the following learning outcomes:
CLO 5,6 & 7

Assessment 4- Final Test
Weighting towards final grade (%): 15%
This task assesses the following learning outcomes:
CLO 5-8