Course Title: Aircraft Certification

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aircraft Certification

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Adrian Pudsey

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4418

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course covers the different aspects involved in aircraft and aeronautical program certification. The different regulatory requirements in civil and military aviation are examined. Particular focus is given on the certification regulatory requirements, such as:
• Aircraft and aeronautical product certification standards
• Operational and environmental requirements
• Design approval and control
• Type certification of aircraft and aeronautical products
• Acceptable means of compliance
• Design changes and modifications       

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 This course contributes to the development of the following program learning outcomes (PLOs):

1. Needs, Context and Systems
• Exposit legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders
• Identify and assess risks (including OH&S) as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities

2. Problem Solving and Design
• Anticipate the consequences of intended action or inaction and understand how the consequences are managed collectively by your organisation, project or team
• Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to engineering activities

4. Professional Practice
• Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
• Display a personal sense of responsibility for your work

5. Research
• Demonstrate professional use and management of information

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

On completion of this course you will be able to:
1) Critically discuss the key concepts and practices of aircraft certification.
2) Determine and critically evaluate complex issues relating to aircraft certification.
3) Plan and apply the aircraft certification process.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning process is reinforced through problem-based learning using real aircraft case studies. Face-to-face lecturing or distance delivery together with practical projects and assignments will be the major learning model

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will consist of recommended references and class notes which may be accessed through "myRMIT" if you are in Melbourne and via "RMIT online" if you are based in Vietnam.
The set of references is deliberately broad, including books, journal publications, government reports, industry standards and handbooks, and web-based resources.

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 1: Individual Assignment
Weighting of final grade (%): 35
This task assesses the following CLOs: 1,2,3

Assessment 2: Individual Assignment
Weighting of final grade (%): 35
This task assesses the following CLOs: 1,2,3

Assessment 3:  Written test
Weighting of final grade (%): 30 
This task assesses the following CLOs: 1,2,3