Course Title: Aerodynamics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aerodynamics

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Program Manager

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.5.17

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Before commencing this course, participants should have completed MATH2168 Mathematics 2 and MANU2112 Engineering Science or equivalent courses, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This course introduces you to the principles of aerodynamics. It provides you with the fundamental knowledge for understanding the principles of aerodynamics from subsonic through to supersonic flight, stability and control and, aircraft performance.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

1.1 Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
1.2 Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
1.5 Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
2.1 Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
2.2 Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
1. Discuss aspects of flight characteristics that relate to lift, drag, thrust and power.
2. Determine and calculate the aerodynamic forces that act on aerofoils and related aircraft surfaces at differing speeds.
3. Explain various types of air flows in connection to attitudes of flight and aircraft orientation in manoeuvring.
4. Examine and perform calculations involving lift, drag, thrust and power in relation to various aspects of flight and aircraft performance.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be conducted using classroom activities to facilitate the learning experience involving: quizzes, group discussions, class tests and assignments. Some of the subject will be taught through team based activities and Laboratories. The use of “real world” examples will facilitate the understanding of the theoretical concepts. Theories and concepts will be explored with critical analysis and problem solving during tutorial sessions and research activities.

Overview of Learning 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

This course has no additional requirements (hurdles) for completion.

Assessment 1: Test & Quiz
Weighting towards final grade (%): 30

Online Quiz - 10%
Class test - 20%
this task assesses the following learning outcomes:
PLO 1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 3.2
CLO 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment 2: Group assignments
Weighting towards final grade (%): 25
this task assesses the following learning outcomes:
PLO 1.1, 1.2,1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 3.2
CLO 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment 3: Laboratories
Weighting towards final grade (%): 5
this task assesses the following learning outcomes:
PLO 1.1, 1.2,1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 3.2
CLO 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment 4: Final Examination
Weighting of final grade (%): 40
this task assesses the following learning outcomes:
PLO 1.1, 1.2,1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 3.2
CLO 1, 2, 3, 4