Course Title: Apply basic scientific principles and techniques in aeronautical engineering situations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: AERO5960C

Course Title: Apply basic scientific principles and techniques in aeronautical engineering situations

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6114 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Teacher : Yadana WAI (AMY1 & AR1A)
Contact Number: (+613) 9925 4461
Contact E-mail:

Course Teacher: Sergei Eljaste (AR1B)
Telephone number: 9925 4661

Nominal Hours: 120

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency covers applying basic scientific principles and techniques to appropriate aeronautical engineering situations.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEA349B Apply basic scientific principles and techniques in aeronautical engineering situations


1 Research and identify the range of basic scientific principles and techniques relevant to aeronautical engineering

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The basic scientific principles relating to aeronautical engineering are researched and reported on from appropriate sources of information and examination of applications
1.2 The basic aeronautical techniques and associated technologies, software and hardware required to implement scientific principles relating to aeronautical engineering situations are identified


2 Select basic aeronautical scientific principles and techniques relevant to particular aeronautical engineering applications

Performance Criteria:

2.1 For particular aeronautical engineering situations, the relevant basic aeronautical scientific techniques and principles can be selected
2.2 For particular aeronautical engineering situations, the relevant basic aeronautical techniques and associated technologies, software and hardware can be selected


3 Apply the relevant basic aeronautical scientific principles and techniques appropriately

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The basic aeronautical scientific principles are applied in a consistent and appropriate manner to obtain any required solution
3.2 Appropriate calculations and coherent units are used in the solution of engineering calculations
3.3 Significant figures are used in engineering calculations
3.4 The basic aeronautical techniques and associated technologies, software and hardware are applied in a consistent and appropriate manner to obtain required solutions


4 Quote the results of the application of the basic aeronautical scientific principles and basic techniques correctly

Performance Criteria:

4.1 For applications involving engineering calculations, the solution is quoted in an appropriate style
4.2 For applications not involving engineering calculations, the solution is quoted in an appropriate style

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Learning and simulated work activities to demonstrate an understanding of Apply basic scientific principles and techniques in aeronautical engineering.
Classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the theory of bscic scientific principles such as statics, strength of materials, dynamics, aerodynamics and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electronicity, electronics, light, sound, vibrations and control principles in semester one and two,
Practical activates in a laboratory contains a simulated dynamics lab and/or statics lab exercise/s.
Research activities to study the basic scientific principles for aeronautical applications. It is expected that students would require approximately 20% of course hours to be allocated for independent study to do research on applied basic scientific principles and design and implemation of aeronautical applications.
Assignments related to research report on aeronautical applications and design/ selection/ calculations of applied scientific principles relation to aeronautical applications.
Industry Visits Students may involve in industry visits and or engineering industry exhibitions such as Airshow.
Industrial Placement: Students in the final stage of Advanced Diploma are encouraged to undertake an industrial practice work placement activity, which requires student to undertake tasks within engineering industries.
Task may involve activities linked to software packages, project management, maintenance, evaluation and analysis, instrumentation and process control programming and, assistance in tender submissions and evaluations etc.

This course is accredited by Engineers Australia.

Engineering employment requires the capacity to work effectively in teams, to communicate effectively in both oral and writing and to learn effectively. In order to prepare students for employment as graduates they will be provided a quality assured teaching and learning environment which is conductive to the development of adult learning. Adult learning is characterised by the students accepting responsibility for their own learning and actively participating in the learning process as individuals and as contributors to the teams. Adult learning is the hallmark of a professional. The specific responsibilities as adult learners in respect of this subject are:
. to be aware of and to observe the regulations related to plagiarism
. to submit (on time) all work for assessment as required
. to complete all pre-reading and preparatory work prior to the class for which it will be used
. to effectively use the academic staff resources provided (consultation time, tutors, e- mail etc)
. to participate as an effective and honest member of a learning team
. to contribute effectively to a group of peers in a climate of mutual respect and to question each other and the academic staff when uncertain

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the materials in the schedule, the weekly teaching and assessment order is subject to change depending on class needs and the availability of resources. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non teaching hours. The estimated time for out of class activities are: assignments ( 9 hours) and research and report writing (3 hours).

Semester Two 2013 (AR1A & AR1B students only)

Teaching WeekTopics
1Introduction to course, OH&S brief
thermodynamics: heat transfer principles (conduction, convection and radiation)
2thermodynamics: perfect gas laws, kinetic theory of gases 
3thermodynamics: laws of thermodynamics
4fluid mechanics: properties of fluids including mineral and synthetic hydraulic fluids
5fluid mechanics: fluid statics, Archimedes’ Principle and Pascal’s Principle
6fluid mechanics: fluid flow-continuity and energy conservation and fluid power-pump
7aerodynamics: the atmosphere, Bernoulli’s Theorem
8aerodynamics: aerodynamic forces (lift, drag, weight and thrust)
9aerodynamics: aircraft performance, stability and control
10aerodynamics: airscrews and propulsion
11electricity and electronics
12electricity and electronics
13control concepts including closed and open loop control
14light, sound and vibration
16Final Assessment (Competency)
17Assessments feedback
18Supplementary Assessment (Competency)

Teaching Schedule (Semester two 2013) (AMY1 students only)

Teaching WeekTopic
 1OH&S Brief, Basic discussion, Unit and Conversion 

Statics-Vectors and Scalar

 3Statics-Forces and Moments
 4Statics-Forces, Moments and Dry Friction
 5Statics-Forces, Moments and Dry Friction
 6Strength of materials-Axial and Shear Stresses

Strength of materials-bolted, riveted, bonded and welded connections

 8Strength of materials-shear in beams
 9Strength of materials-bending stresses and bending deflections (by standard formulas only)
 10Strength of materials-Torsion
 11Dynamics-kinematics and kinetics of uniformly accelerated linear motion, curvilinear motion
 12Dynamics-kinematics and kinetics of uniformly accelerated rotation
 13Newton’s Laws and Centrifugal Force
 14Work, energy, power and torque, mechanical advantage and efficiency
15 Revision
16 Final Assessment (Competency)
17 Assessments Feedback
18 Supplementary Assessment (Competency)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Class notes and Tutorials

Engineering Mechanics -Statics and Dynamics R.C.HIbbler
Fundamentals of Physics -Hilliday & Resnick


Other Resources

Any relevant required skills and knowledge references including text books, animations, videos and labs.

Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to apply basic scientific principles and techniques in aeronautical engineering situations.

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards.
Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor.
Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks section of Course Guide Part B.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks (Semester Two 2013)

Assignment One (CA/NYC) 10% of final marks

Assignment Two (CA/NYC) 20% of final marks

Closed book unit test (CA/NYC) 20% of final marks

To be deemed competent students must satisfactorily demonstrate competence in all elements listed above. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.
Students are advised that they will be asked to demonstrate their competence per student assignments and tests which will be used to assess their competence.
All assessments for this course must be successfully completed to achieve a CA (Competency Achieved) grade. Only if Competency is achieved will a graded result be given using the coding choices listed below:
CHD: Competent with High Distinction
CDI: Competent with Distinction
CC: Competent with Credit
CAG: Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

AssessmetElementPerformance Creteria
Assignment One









Assignment Two









Unit Test









Other Information

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Late submission:
If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.

The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:
Special Consideration is a variation to an assessment which takes into account the impact of unexpected or extenuating circumstances which have affected a student’s performance in assessment or prevented them from attempting an assessment task, including an examination. Please Refer (unresolved) to find the latest information about the purpose, eligibility and process of special consideration and the online form.

Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

Other Information:
All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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