Course Title: Aerospace Propulsion

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aerospace Propulsion

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 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Graham Dorrington

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6150

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus: Building 251, Level 3, Room 26

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 MIET2421 Applied Thermodynamics or an equivalent course

Course Description

The course provides you with an introduction to aerospace propulsion systems, including the following: internal combustion engines driving propellers, ramjets, turbojets and turbofans, rocket engines, and other thrust-producing systems. The course builds on the study of aero-thermodynamics covered earlier in the program by applying key principles to analyse propulsion system performance. An introduction into fundamental relevant flow processes, in particular heat transfer and combustion, is also included.

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
  • Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline
  • Fluent 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.

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

  1. Understand the operating principles, applications and operations of particular aerospace propulsion systems
  2. Analyse efficiencies and conduct performance calculations for various aerospace propulsion systems
  3. Determine basic combustion mass balance equations for fundamental combustion processes, understanding combustors
  4. Identify relevant parameters in heat transfer processes, compressor and turbine performance

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of a combination of activities that can include pre-recorded lectures, tutorials, assessments tasks and a laboratory practical exercise.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Canvas site, which is accessed through myRMIT. This material can include course notes, tutorials and references.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment Tasks

Individual Timed Tests
Weighting 15%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Individual Assignment
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Group Based Research Assignment
Weighting 50%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 4

Laboratory Demonstration Assignment 
Weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 4