Course Title: Apply computer aided modelling and data management techniques to aeronautical engineering designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: AERO5951C

Course Title: Apply computer aided modelling and data management techniques to aeronautical engineering designs

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6131 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aeronautical)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Amir Fard
Phone: +61 3 9925 4184

Nominal Hours: 80

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

MEM09143A Represent aeronautical engineering designs

MEM16008A Interact with computing technology

MEM30007A Select common engineering materials

MEM30012A Apply mathematical techniques in manufacturing, engineering or related situations

Course Description

This unit covers the application of CAD modelling and data management techniques to the design of aeronautical engineering products, processes, systems or services.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM09153A Apply computer aided modelling and data management techniques to aeronautical engineering designs


1. Clarify product, process, system or service design requirements


2. Produce initial product, process, system or service CAD model


3. Validate the product, process, system or service model


4. Develop, validate, implement and file model data, production graphics and specifications and procedural documentation

Learning Outcomes

Competency in this unit includes contribution to the full design process by the creation of models, graphics, documentation, and specifications representing aeronautical engineering products, processes, systems or services in support of the planning and design processes.

Work would typically be carried out as part of a design or engineering support team. The data generated from the modelling process would be managed according to organisation procedures and contractual or agreed customer requirements.

Details of Learning Activities

The course is primarily project-based and is largely student-directed. The project will be done in 2 parts. In part I, you will work individually and in the second part, you might be allocated in groups of 2-3 students and each group will work as a team on a design project based on a given design specification. Each group nominates a group leader and will meet with the advisor at least once a week. Design report and Design portfolio at the end of semester forms part of the assessment.

Adequate materials will be provided for you to equip yourself with knowledge and skills in CAD applications and ability to use the AutoCAD and SolidWorks packages to construct, dimension, annotate and plot aerospace components.

Computer Laboratory: Computer labs are 3.5 hours long and take place once a week. We mainly use Microsoft® PowerPoint slides, but enhance the material with some active learning exercises.

Readings: The readings will use the referenced textbooks and will give an overview of the published literature in the field.

Assignments: The project and CAD assignments will challenge you to apply and deepen your theoretical knowledge and skills learnt in other courses.

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

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.
EA2.1. 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.
EA3.1. 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 MEM09153A in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule for the competency is detailed below:


WeekTopics DeliveredDelivered Elements / Performance Criteria

Introduction to the Course

Overview of Graphical Representation Using AutoCAD- part I 


 Introduction to Design Organization, Design Documentation & Validation

Overview of Graphical Representation Using AutoCAD- part II

1.1, 4.4

 2.1, 2.7


The Design Process- Defining the Client’s Design Problem

Lesson 1- 3D Modelling (AutoCAD): Wireframe

1.1, 4.4



 Design Process- Functions and Requirements

Lesson 2- 3D Modelling (AutoCAD): Surface/ Mesh

 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 4.4



 Client and Designer Interview

Lesson 3- Introduction to 3D Solid Modelling: Creating 3D Primitives and Composite 3D Solid Models Using AutoCAD

 1.1, 2.2, 2.6, 3.1, 4.4



 Design Process- Generating and Evaluating Design Alternatives

3D Solid Modelling Tutorial (AutoCAD)



7 Design Modeling, Analysis, and Optimization

3D Solid Modelling Tutorial (AutoCAD)

 2.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4



Assignment 1 (to be completed in class)

 Due date for the submission of Progress report


 Communication the Design Outcome - Building Models and Properties & Engineering Drawing and report writing

Lesson 4- Creating 3D model (SolidWorks)

 4.3, 4.4



 CAD Modelling and data management techniques

SolidWorks Tutorial 1

 2.1, 2.2, 2.8, 4.2, 4.4



 Progress Report Meeting

SolidWorks Tutorial 2




 Design Process- Leading and Managing the Design Process

Lesson 5- Extracting the mass , surface area, … from 3D models




  Designing for Manufacture, Affordability, Reliability, Sustainability and…

Lesson 6- Creating 3D assembly model and extracting the mass , surface area, … from 3D models (SolidWorks)




 Ethic in Design

SolidWorks Tutorial 3


 4.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.7, 2.8


 Assignment 2(to be completed in class)

Review of Design Improvement Report Requirements

 2.7, 4.4

 Poster presentation (Due date for the submission of final design report)

Free Discussion (Students Feedback) Final Design Improvement Project Report Due

Resit test (If required)




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. Dym, Clive L. and Little, Patrick,”Engineering Design: A project based Introduction”, John Wiley & Sons, 2009.
2. Jenkinson Lloyd R. & Marchman, James F., “Aircraft Design Projects for Engineering Students”, Butterworth- Heinemann, 2003.
3. Giesecke, F.E. et al. “Modern Graphics Communication”, Prentice Hall, 2010.
4. Gindis, Elliot, “Up and Running with AutoCAD 2011: 2D and 3D Drawing and Modeling”, Academic Press, 2011.
5. Munir M. Hamad, “AutoCAD 2010 Essentials”, Jones and Bartlett Publisher, 2010.
6. Ruiz, Alex, “SolidWorks 2010 : No Experience Required”, Wiley, 2010

Other Resources

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 (Part A and Part B): Design Improvement Report and Portfolio of evidence (consists of design folder, minute of meetings and communication folder)

Weighting towards final grade (%): 30

Assessment 2: Part A- Assignment 1 (AutoCAD)

                        Weighting towards final grade: 20%

                         Part B- Assignment 2 (SolidWorks)  
                         Weighting towards final grade: 30%

                         Part C- Class Works
                         Weighting towards final grade: 20%

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

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Elements/ Performance Criteria Assessment  1 Part A - Design Progress PortfolioAssessment 1 - Part B Design Final PortfolioAssignment 2 - Part A (AutoCAD)Assignment 2 - Part B (SolidWorks)Assignment 2 - Part C - Class Works 
1.1X   X
2.2X   X
2.3XX  X
2.4X   X
2.5XX  X
2.6X   X
2.7 XXXX
2.8 X   X
3.1XX  X
4.1X XXX
4.2 XXX
4.3 X  X
4.4 XXXX






Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following assessment tasks:

  • Design Improvement Portfolio (consists of design folder, minute of meetings and communication folder) and Design Report, 30%
  • Poster presentation, 5%
  • CAD Assignment 1, 20%
  • CAD Assignment 2, 30%
  • Class Work, 15%

All assignments will go through Academic Integrity Check software TurnItIn. Please also refer to the marking guide for more detail information about all assessments.

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:

80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs MEM09153A Elements & Performance Criteria

 MEM09153A Elements & Performance Criteria
Design Improvement- Progress ReportXXXXX X       
Design Improvement- Final ReportXXXXX X  XXXXX
Poster Presentation         XXXXX
Assignment 1 (AutoCAD) X   X XX     
Assignment 2 (SolidWorks)     X XXX    
CAD Project     X XXX    

Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

 Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
AssessmentsEA1.1EA1.2 EA1.3EA1.4 EA1.5 EA1.6 EA2.1EA2.2 EA2.3 EA2.4EA3.1EA3.2EA3.3EA3.4EA3.5EA3.6
 Design Progress ReportX  XXX  XXXXXXX 
Design PortfolioXXXXXXXXXX XXXX 
Poster presentationX  XXX   X XXXX 
Assignment 1 (AutoCAD)XX   X          
Assignment 2 (SolidWorks)XX   X          
ALL ASSESSMENTS MEM09153A3212231112122220
 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

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consultation, organized industrial visits and lab reports. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. In this competency, the estimated student directed hours is 20 hours outside the class time.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students 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.

Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late Submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) 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. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of 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.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

Please refer to find more information about special consideration.


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

Please refer: to find more information about plagiarism.

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

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