Course Title: Aerospace Engineering Design Concepts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: AERO5401

Course Title: Aerospace Engineering Design Concepts

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6011 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace)

Course Contact : Steven Bevan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4137

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Teacher: Yadana Wai
Contact Details: Location: City Campus 57.05.20
Telephone: 9925 4461
Fax: 9925 8099

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

AERO5384 Introduction to Aerospace
AERO5400 Stress 2
AERO5394 Aerospace Materials 2
LAW5133 Aerospace Industry Legislation
AERO5389 Aerodynamics 1
AERO5385 Aerospace Drawing and Drafting
ISYS7556 Managing Technical Documents

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide training in aerospace engineering design philosophy, standards and procedures.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBH138 Aerospace Engineering Design Concepts

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the essential features of design philosophy to the field of aerospace engineering.
2. Apply the essential features of a design specification.
3. Apply design procedures.
4. Explain economic design principles in relation to aerospace engineering design.
5. Explain how ergonomic design principles relate to human interaction with the aerospace engineering environment.

Details of Learning Activities

Course Description
The purpose of this module is to provide competency based training in a broad based aerospace engineering design philosophy, standards, and procedures.
This course will deliver in the blended mode of lecture and classroom based activities such as class exercises and tutorials for different design stages. Also the student will have opportunities to design different classifications of aircrafts through their assignment.
The module facilitates articulation into Aerospace and Engineering degree courses.

Teaching Schedule

SessionCourse ScheduleAction
1Introduction to the aircraft design concept

Lecture, Class Exercises &Tutorial

2Aircraft Design Process, Specifications, Design requirements.

Lecture, Class Exercises &Tutorial

3Aircraft Design Process, Specifications, Design requirements.Lecture, Class Exercises &Tutorial
4Aircraft Design Process, Specifications, Design requirements.Lecture, Class Exercises &Tutorial
5Airworthiness Requirements, Weight & Balance, Flight StructuresLecture, Class Exercises &Tutorial
6Weight & Balance, Flight Structure, Economics & ErgonomicsLecture, Class Exercises &Tutorial

Lecture, Class Exercises &Tutorial

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


1. Roskam, J, 1997. Aircraft Design , Ottawa, Kan. : Roskam Aviation and Engineering Corp.,

2. Bruhn, E.F. Analysis and Design of Flight Vehicle Structures

3. Fielding, J. P. (John Peter), 1999. Introduction to aircraft Design, Cambridge Aerospace Series II, Cambridge University Press, UK

4. Howe, Denis, 1998, Aircraft conceptual design synthesis, Professional Engineering Publishing, UK

5. Raymer, Daniel P., 1999, Aircraft design: a conceptual approach 3rd Ed, AIAA Education Series, Virginia

Other Resources

Class notes & Tutorial exercises

Overview of Assessment

To successfully complete this course the student is required to pass written assessment tasks and demonstrate skills and ability by completing pratical tasks to aerospace standard.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment (2010)
Participants are required to complete two assessment tasks consisting of one assignment is worth 30% and one closed book final examination at the end of the course is worth 70%. The student must gain 50% of both assessments to complete the course.

Grading Criteria
NN 0-49% Fail
PA 50 – 59% Pass
CR 60 – 69% Credit
DI 70 – 79% Distinction
HD 80-100% High Distinction

Academic Misconduct
Students are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism in oral or written presentations is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is one’s own. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. Failure to do so may result in charges of academic misconduct which carry a range of penalties including cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.
Students are responsible for ensuring that their work is kept in a secure place. It is also a disciplinary offence for students to allow their work to be plagiarised by another student. Students should be aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding the use of copyright material. It is strongly recommended that students refer to the RMIT 2001 Guidelines for Students or to the RMIT University Homepage.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment MethodLearning OutcomesPercentage
Assignment1 to 530%
Closed Book Exam1 to 570%

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