Course Title: Principles of Aerodynamics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Principles of Aerodynamics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Abdulghani Mohamed

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7475

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

AERO2376 Introduction to Aircraft

MIET2422 Fluid Mechanics of Mechanical Systems

Course Description

In this course you will build on knowledge of aircraft forces and fluid systems and study the principles of aerodynamics governing aircraft flight. The course will focus on the application of a broad range of analytical and computational techniques with the objective to predict aerodynamic characteristics of aerospace components and aircraft configurations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources

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

  1. relate concepts of aerodynamics and associated fluid mechanics to aircraft design and operation ]
  2. apply basic aerodynamic principles to analyse the aerodynamic characteristics of idealised representations of aircraft
  3. analyse the aerodynamic behaviour of real three-dimensional aircraft wings using both analytical and numerical methodologies
  4. identify limitations of the different mathematical models for predicting aerodynamic characteristics
  5. apply theoretical compressible flow concepts to the analysis of high-speed aircraft and engines

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include lectures, assignments, laboratory demonstrations, projects, tutorials, quizzes and a final exam.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the Learning Management System, which is accessed through myRMIT. This material can include lecture material, course notes, sample problem sheets and solutions, and references.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1: 3 X Quizzes
Weighting 10% each (total 30%)
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 4

Assessment Task 2: Assignment
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5

Assessment Task 3: Wind Tunnel Lab
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5

Assessment Task 4: Team Project
Weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5

Assessment Task 5: Design Report
Weighting 20%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, & 4