Course Title: Aerospace Design Principles

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aerospace Design Principles

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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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 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Cees Bil

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6176

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus 251.03.64

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

AERO2252 Design for Manufacture and Assembly or equivalent
AERO2356 Flight Mechanics or equivalent

Course Description

In this course you will learn principles of aerospace design for different contexts. The determination of a sized design of an aircraft concept is covered. This includes weight estimation, sizing, configuration, and optimisation. The course also covers the use of computer aided engineering software to facilitate team collaboration throughout the design process. Project management aspects are covered, as part of developing a plan for an aerospace project. This includes engineering practice aspects such as professional ethics and intellectual property.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

1.5 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

2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes

2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects

3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability

3.4 Professional use and management of information

3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct

3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively the results of a design project in a report or a presentation
  2. Work effectively as an individual or a member of a team on a design project 
  3. Conduct research on a selected topic and reflect on its relevance and impact in the past or future

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include lectures, quizzes, assignments, projects and tutorials.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the Learning Management System, which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture material, tutorials, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions, and references. You are also encouraged to consult various resources available in the library, primarily design textbooks, NASA reports, EDSU datasheets, Jane’s All the World Aircraft, and scientific journals.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Aircraft Weight Estimation
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLO: 1

Assessment Task 2: Aircraft Configuration Sizing
Weighting 45%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 3: Research and Reflection
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 4: Video Presentation
Weighting 5%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2, 3