Course Title: Principles of Aerodynamics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Principles of Aerodynamics

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption.

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT:

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance:

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Abdulghani Mohamed

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7475

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

AERO2376 Introduction to Aircraft

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 for students who commenced their program prior to 2023:

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

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. 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, and quizzes.

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

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