Course Title: Advanced Aerodynamics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Aerodynamics

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Alex Fisher

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6144

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

AERO2356 Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics

Course Description

This course builds on first and second-year studies in fluid mechanics, aerodynamics and flight mechanics. You will learn advanced concepts of aerodynamics and apply these to aircraft design, including computational methods for the analysis and prediction of airfoils aerodynamics. Other advanced topics such as laminar-turbulent transition and high-speed aerodynamics will also be covered.

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. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes for students who commenced their program prior to 2023:

  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
  • Application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for students who commenced their program in 2023:

  • PLO1: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental engineering and scientific theories, principles and concepts and apply advanced technical knowledge in specialist domain of engineering. 
  • PLO2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.    


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

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

1. identify the restrictions of the different numerical methods applied in aerodynamic design, and be able to select the most suitable numerical method for a given aerodynamics problem 2. apply coupled viscous-inviscid strategies to analyse viscous flow past an airfoil, deciding appropriate parameters to model transition, and assessing the validity of the solution 3. apply computational methods to solve a variety of fluid dynamics problems of aeronautical significance 4. describe the significance of turbulence modelling in computational aerodynamics 5. select appropriate design parameters for subsonic and high-speed aerodynamic design   This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:   • Comprehensive, theoretical based understanding of the underlying natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include pre-recorded lectures, assignments, projects, tutorials and a final timed test.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Canvas site, which is accessed through myRMIT. The course materials can include lecture material, course notes, sample problem sheets and solutions, and references.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment Task 1:  Assessed tutorial and quizzes (individual)
Weighting of final grade:  20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 - 5

Assessment Task 2:  Laboratory reports (group)
Weighting of final grade:  30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 5

Assessment Task 3:  Assignment (individual)
Weighting of final grade:  20%
This assessment task supports CLO 5

Assessment Task 4:  Final Timed test (individual)
Weighting of final grade:  30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 - 5