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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

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

Dr. Bill Chau
Program Manager
Ph: +61 3 9925 4468

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


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

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Discuss and clarify design specifications of the required product, process, system or service with the client and design team.


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

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Apply CAD modelling and data management techniques to suit given task.
2.2 Confirm initial CAD model and graphical representation satisfies the design specification, manufacturing and operational requirements, safety, environmental and related standards.
2.3 Determine design parameters for the model using engineering calculations and engineering references, standards and codes.
2.4 Identify materials, manufacturing methods and processes for initial design model.
2.5 Ensure initial design model provides for assembly and system form, fit, functional, load, service life and maintainability requirements.
2.6 Prepare initial production graphics, specifications and instructions in accordance with the agreed design concept and organisational requirements using organisation standards.
2.7 Customise CAD software appropriately to suit task requirements.
2.8 Manage and distribute CAD-generated data according to organisation protocols and access privileges, and contractual or agreed client requirements.


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

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Confirm suitability of the product, process, system or service design model and graphical representation with the client, other team members and interested parties


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

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Prepare production model and graphics, specifications and instructions for the product, process, system or service in accordance with the agreed design concept and organisational requirements and incorporate feedback on initial design graphics.
4.2 Check production model or graphics, specifications and instructions for the product, process, system or service with the client, design team and other affected persons for suitability prior to implementation.
4.3 Respond to implementation installation and commissioning feedback in accordance with organisational requirements.
4.4 Maintain validated production model or graphics, specifications and instructions for the product process, system or service throughout the implementation, installation and commissioning processes, and process and file in accordance with organisational requirements

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:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.

EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. 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

Introduction to AutoCAD and using draw command

1.1, 4.4

2.1, 2.7


 Introduction to Design Organization, Design Documentation & Validation

Using modify command in AutoCAD

1.1, 4.4

 2.1, 2.7


The Design Process- Defining the Client’s Design Problem

Using modify command and creating annotation

1.1, 4.4



 Design Process- Functions and Requirements

Creating drawing template (A4 and A3) 

 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 4.4



 Client and Designer Interview

Developing view and projections

 1.1, 2.2, 2.6, 3.1, 4.4



 Design Process- Generating and Evaluating Design Alternatives

Developing view and projections



7 Design Modeling, Analysis, and Optimization

Developing view and projections

 2.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4



Complete CAD Assignment 1 (AutoCAD) (to be completed in class)

 Due date for the submission of design progress portfolio

 2.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

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

Overview of SolidWorks and create sketches

 4.3, 4.4



 CAD Modelling and data management techniques

Basic functions in 3D SolidWorks (reference planes, trims, ribs, convert entities)

 2.1, 2.2, 2.8, 4.2, 4.4



 Progress Report Meeting

Create 3D SolidWorks part - Sweep function




 Design Process- Leading and Managing the Design Process

Create 3D SolidWorks part - Revolving feature




Designing for Manufacture, Affordability, Reliability, Sustainability and…

Create 3D SolidWorks part - loft feature




 Ethic in Design

Converting 3D SolidWorks part into 2D engineering drawing


 4.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.7, 2.8


Complete CAD Assignment 2 (SolidWorks) (to be completed in class)
Review of Design Improvement Report Requirements

 2.7, 4.4

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

Discussion (Students Feedback) Final Design Improvement Project Report Due

 2.1, 2.2, 2.7, 2.8, 4.2, 4.4
17 Resit test (If required) / Student Feedback 2.1, 2.2, 2.7, 2.8, 4.2, 4.4
18Student Feedback2.1, 2.2, 2.7, 2.8, 4.2, 4.4








































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.

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

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 (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:

Assessment 1: Design Improvement progress and final Portfolio (consists of design folder, minute of meetings and communication folder)
Weighting towards final grade (%): 30%

Assessment 2: Poster presentation
Weighting towards final grade (%): 5%

Assessment 3: CAD Assignment 1
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20%

Assessment 4: CAD Assignment 2
Weighting towards final grade (%): 30%

Assessment 5: Class Work
Weighting towards final grade (%): 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 Progress PortfolioXXXXXX   X X   
Design Final Portfolio X X  X XXX
Poster Presentation      X  X XXXX 
Assignment 1 (AutoCAD) X     X  X X   X
Assignment 2 (SolidWorks)  X     X X X   X
Class works X X X XXXXX X X X X

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 PortfolioX XXX X XXXXXXXX    X
Design Final PortfolioXX XXXXXXX XXXXX    X
Poster presentationX X XX   X X XXX  
Assignment 1 (AutoCAD)XX        X        
Assignment 2 (SolidWorks)XX X        X        
Class worksXXX        X    X       X     
ALL ASSESSMENTS MEM09153A3322212312222211
 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 to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
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Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete 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 two 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 seven 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 two 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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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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