Course Title: Industrial and Vehicle Aerodynamics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industrial and Vehicle Aerodynamics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Prof. Simon Watkins

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6084

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge: Fluid Mechanics of Mechanical Systems or an equivalent undergraduate course in fluid mechanics

Course Description

 In this course you will study the impact of aerodynamics on the design of motor vehicles. You will study the analytical, experimental and computational techniques that are integrated within the motor vehicle design process. You will also learn to design and implement experimental and computational simulations to support vehicle development.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level.

This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.(;ID=eyj5c0mo77631 )

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours):

1.2.Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline

1.4.Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.

2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2. Application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Design and implement experimental testing and computational simulations relevant to new vehicle development,
  2. Analyse data from experimental and computational studies and interpret these in the context of vehicle design.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectorials, tutorials, assignment. The lectorials use a problem-based approach to understanding the concepts. Tutorial time will enable you to work through the problems in the areas indicated in the specific educational objectives and weekly guide.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Canvas, which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include pre-recorded lecture videos, problem sheets and solutions, and references.

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 (Leaning & Teaching).


Assessment Task 1:  In-class assessments
Total Weighting: 25%

Marked Tutorials: 10%
Mid Semester class test: 15% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: Laboratory experiment and report
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2

Assessment Task 3: Assignment/ homework
Weighting 25% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2

Assessment Task 4: Final quiz
The quiz will be online and time-limited within a time window of minimum 24 hours. 
Weighting 25% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2