Course Title: Apply basic aircraft design characteristics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: AERO5819C

Course Title: Apply basic aircraft design characteristics

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6131 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aeronautical)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr. Amir Fard
Ph: 9925 4184

Appointments via email

Yadana Wai

Tel: 9925 4461


Appointments via email

Program Manager: Amita Iyer
Tel: 9925 8311

Appointments via email

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

MEA101B Interpret occupational health and safety practices in aviation maintenance
MEA107B Interpret and use aviation maintenance industry manuals and specifications
MEA109B Perform basic hand skills, standard trade practices and fundamentals in aviation maintenance

Course Description

This unit of competency is part of Diploma and Advanced Diploma training pathways. It covers the aerodynamic shape and structure of aircraft.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEA341A Apply basic aircraft design characteristics


1.MEA109B Perform basic hand skills, standard trade practices and fundamentals in aviation maintenance

Performance Criteria:

1.1.   Common wing plan forms are identified and relative advantages and disadvantages are evaluated
1.2.   Common wing configurations are identified and relative advantages and disadvantages are identified
1.3.   Aerofoil characteristics are discussed in terms of aircraft performance
1.4.   Aeroplane stability and control is discussed in terms of aerodynamic design
1.5.  Types of primary and secondary flight control surfaces are identified and control balancing is discussed
1.6.  Types of lift augmentation device are identified and compared
1.7.  Factors that affect an aircraft in subsonic and high speed flight are identified


2.Research and evaluate rotary wing aerodynamic design

Performance Criteria:

2.1.  Common rotor configurations are identified and their aerodynamic characteristics discussed
2.2.  Rotary wing aircraft control and stability are discussed


3.Research and evaluate basic aircraft structural design

Performance Criteria:

3.1.  The loads acting on an aircraft structure are identified
3.2.  The methods of construction of airframes and power plant support structures are identified and compared
3.3.  The materials of construction commonly used in aircraft structures are identified and their relative advantages and disadvantages are discussed
3.4.  Fabrication methods commonly used in aircraft structure are identified and discussed
3.5.  Maintenance requirements for aircraft structure are identified


4.Research and evaluate basic landing gear design and construction

Performance Criteria:

4.1.  The configurations of landing gear  are identified and discussed in terms of relative advantages and disadvantages

4.2.  The relative benefits of fixed and retractable landing gear are identified and discussed

4.3.  Construction materials used in landing gear components are identified and discussed


5.Apply basic aircraft design characteristics

Performance Criteria:

5.1.  Given required aircraft use and performance characteristics, an appropriate aerodynamic shape is determined

5.2.  An appropriate method of construction, materials of construction and fabrication method are proposed

5.3.  An appropriate landing gear configuration is proposed

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

 You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this course and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associate.

  • Lecture
  • Tutorial
  • Quiz and test
  • Assignment

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA1. Knowledge and Skill Base
EA1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering.
EA1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
EA1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
EA1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
EA1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
EA1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.

EA2. Engineering Application Ability
EA2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
EA2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
EA2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
EA2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

EA3. Professional and Personal Attributes
EA3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA3.5. Orderly management of self and professional conduct.
EA3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency MEA341A in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule


 WeekTopics DeliveredRemarks  

Introduction to the course

Characteristics of 2D airfoils in subsonic flight (part I)

Topics shown in Bold fonts are delivered on Mondays Morning class

Loads Acting on the Aircraft and Basic Aircraft Structure (part I)

Characteristics of 2D airfoils in subsonic and high speed flight (part II)


 • Loads Acting on the Aircraft and Basic Aircraft Structure (part II)

Airfoil characteristics and 3D wings (part III)



  Loads Acting on the Aircraft and Basic Aircraft Structure (part III)

Applications of Bernoulli’s principle in aircraft


 Introduction to landing Gear Design (part I)

Drag on Aircraft (Part I)


 Introduction to landing Gear Design (part II)

Drag on Aircraft (Part II)-Revision


Quiz No. 1

 Review of Quiz No. 1

Quiz No. 1 will be held on Monday 7th of August

Test No. 1

Introduction to Lift Augmentation Systems

Test No. 1 will be held on Monday 14th of August 

High speed Flight (part I)

Introduction to Aircraft Control and Static Stability (part I)


High Speed Flight (part II)

Introduction to Aircraft Control and Static Stability (part II)


High Speed Flight (part III)

Rotary Wing Aircraft (part I)


Re-sit for Test No. 1

Rotary Wing Aircraft (part II)

Re-sit Test No. 1 will be held on Monday 25th of September 


Rotary Wing Aircraft (part III)


Quiz No. 2

Review of Quiz No 2

Quiz No. 2 will be held on Friday 9th of October

Test No. 2

Tail load Calculation (part I)

Assignment task will be handed out

Test No. 2 will be held on Monday 16th of October 

Review of Test 2

Tail load Calculation (part II)


Re-sit for Test No. 2
Assignment task due on Monday 31st of October

Re-sit Test No. 2 will be held on Monday 30th of October
18Student Feedback 

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignment, individual student-teacher course related consultation. 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 is minimum 30 hours outside the class time.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No text book is prescribed for this course, however, other related resources such as handouts, exercises, study guides generated by the course lecturer and approved links to useful material on external web-sites will be provided on the RMIT Distributed Learning System (DLS).


1. Barnard, R.H., Philpott D.R., “Aircraft Flight ”, 3rd Edition, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004.
2. Kermode, A.C.,”Mechanics of Flight”, 10th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2004.

Other Resources

1. Anderson, D.F., “Understanding Flight”, McGraw-Hill, 2001.
2. Burton, M., “Principles of Flight”, Airlife Publishing Ltd., 1997.
3. Carpenter, C.”Flightwisw Volume 1: Principles of Aircraft Flight“, Airlife Publishing Ltd., 1997.
4. Carpenter, C.”Flightwisw Volume 2: Aircraft Stability and Control“, Airlife Publishing Ltd., 1997.
5. Talay, Theodore A., "Introduction to Aerodynamics of Flight", NASA-Sp-367, 1975
6. Airfarme and Powerplant Mechanics. Airframe Handbook. EA-AC65-15A, Federal Aviation Administration Publishing, Washington DC, USA.
7. Airfarme and Powerplant Mechanics. General Handbook. EA-AC65-9A, Federal Aviation Administration Publishing, Washington DC, USA.
8. Crane, D. Airframe section Textbook. EA-ITP-AB, Aviation Maintenance Publishers, Basin, Wyoming, 1995.
9. Delp, Bent & Mckinley. "Aircraft Maintenance and Repair". 5th Edition, McGraw Hill, New York, 1987.
10. Foye, J. "Aircraft Technical Dictionary". 3rd Edition, Casper, Wyoming, 1990.

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment


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:


Assessment 1: Quizzes

Weighting towards final grade (%): 20


Assessment 2: Assignment

Weighting towards final grade (%): 20


Assessment 3: Tests X 2

Weighting towards final grade for Test 1 (%): 30

Weighting towards final grade for Test 2  (%): 30


These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix


Performance Criteria Covered

Quiz 1

Test 1

Quiz 2

Test 2































































































































Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following assessment tasks:

Assessment 1: Quizzes, Week 7 and 14
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20%

Assessment 2: Assignment, Week 17
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20%

Assessment 3: Tests X 2 , Week 8 and Week 15
Weighting towards final grade (%): 2 X 30% = 60%

The candidates who are attained competency in ALL performance criteria, then, will be graded according to their performance on assessment tasks.

You will be assessed in various ways to ensure you meet the requirements of the course. Assessment tasks consist of quizzes, one assignment and two written tests.

You will be marked using the following table:
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

Assessment vs MEA341A Elements & Performance Criteria

MEA341A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.6 4.35.1 5.25.3
Quiz 1 XX X    X   X X X X X X X X XX X
Test 1 X X X    X   X X X X X X X X XX X
Quiz 2   X X X X X X X         X  
Test 2   X X X X X X X         X  
Assignment    X   X   X          

Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies                                                                  

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
AssessmentsEA1.1EA1.2EA1.3EA1.4EA1.5EA1.6EA2.1EA2.2 EA2.3EA2.4EA3.1EA3.2EA3.3EA3.4EA3.5EA3.6
Quiz 1X X X           
Test 1X X X           
Quiz 2X X             
Test 2X X             
AssignmentXX    XXX       
ALL ASSESSMENTS 3130201 1 1 00 0 000 0
0 (Blank)Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third of the Element.
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds of the Element.
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element.



Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

  • Relevant
  • Current
  • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

Study and learning Support: 

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. 
Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are: 

assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice 
maths and science developmental support and advice 
English language development 

Please Refer to find more information about Study and learning Support 

Equitable Learning Services (ELS):

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Equitable Learning Services (ELS) to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
Please refer to to find more information about services offered by Equitable Learning Services (ELS).

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 lodgment 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) 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: 

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

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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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