Course Title: Apply basic aircraft power plant design characteristics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: AERO5820C

Course Title: Apply basic aircraft power plant design characteristics

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6131 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aeronautical)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Amir Fard
Phone: 9925 4184

Nominal Hours: 120

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

MEA101B Interpret occupational health and safety practices in aviation maintenance
MEA107B Interpret and use aviation maintenance industry manuals and specifications
MEA109B Perform basic hand skills, standard trade practices and fundamentals in aviation maintenance

Course Description

This unit is part of Diploma and Advanced Diploma training pathways. It covers the basics of aircraft power plant selection and propulsion.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEA342A Apply basic aircraft power plant design characteristics


1. Research and evaluate the types of aeroplane and rotary wing aircraft power plant and their relative advantages and disadvantages

Performance Criteria:

1.1. The types of aeroplane and rotary wing aircraft power plant are identified and compared in terms of relative advantages and disadvantages
1.2. Types of propeller are identified and compared in terms of relative advantages and disadvantages
1.3. Turbojet and turbofan performance is compared in terms of relative advantages and disadvantages
1.4. Maintenance requirements for aircraft power plants are identified


2. Apply basic power plant and propulsion system selection processes

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Given required aeroplane use and performance characteristics, an appropriate type of power plant is determined
2.2. An appropriate type of propulsion system is selected
2.3. Given required rotary wing aircraft use and performance characteristics, an appropriate type of power plant is determined

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

The course will be using a number of means such as lectures, reading tasks and assignments to achieve these objectives.

Lecture: The lectures are 50 minutes long and take place once a week. We lecture mainly using Microsoft® PowerPoint slides, but enhance the material with some active learning exercises.

Readings: The readings will use the recommended textbooks and give an overview of the published literature in the field. Normally readings are assigned at the end of each lecture in preparation of the next lecture.

Assignment: The assignment will challenge the students and ensure that participants apply and deepen the theoretical knowledge from the lectures.

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:
This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering.
EA1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
EA1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
EA1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
EA1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
EA1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
EA2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
EA2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
EA2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
EA2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
EA3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA3.5. Orderly management of self and professional conduct.
EA3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency MEA342A in the Assessment Matrix.


Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule for the competency is detailed below:

Week Topics Delivered Elements/Performance Criteria
1 Introduction to the course  1.1
2 & 3 Introduction to Piston Engine. Piston Engine Principles of Operation  1.1, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2
4 & 5 Piston Engine construction & Classifications. Aircraft Fuel  1.1, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2
6 & 7 Aircraft Carburetors and Fuel Injection Systems. Cooling, Induction & exhaust  1.1, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2
8 & 9 Piston engine systems. - Lubricants and Lubrication Systems, Starting and Ignition. (Assignment 1 due)  1.1, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2
10 & 11 Piston engine systems. Starting and Ignition, Forced Induction systems. (Internal and external)  1.1, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2
12, 13 & 14 Piston Engine performance and Calculations  1.1, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2
15 & 16 Revision  1.1, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2
17 Test 1  1.1, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2
Semester 2
1 & 2 Introduction to Propeller. Propeller Construction and Operating Principles  1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
3 & 4 Introduction to Gas Turbine & fundamentals  1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2,2.3
5 & 6 Gas Turbine – Intake & Compressors  1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2,2.3
7 & 8 Gas Turbine - Combustion & Turbine  1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2,2.3
9 & 10 Gas Turbine – Exhaust & Performance  1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2,2.3
11 & 12 Gas Turbine – Systems  1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2,2.3
13 Revision (Assignment 2 due)  1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2,2.3
14 Test 2  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
15 & 16 Review of Test  
17 Re-sit Test  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No text book is prescribed for this course, however, other related resources such as handouts, exercises, study guides, generated by the course lecturer and approved links to useful material on external web-sites will be provided on the RMIT Distributed Learning System (DLS).


1. Hunecke, Klaus, “Jet Engines: Fundamentals of THEORY, Design and Operation”, Crowood Press, 1997.
2. Wagtendonk, W, “ Principles of Helicopter Flight”’ Aviation Supplies & Academics, 2007.
3. Eastop, M, “ Applied Thermodynamics for Engineers Technologists”, Longman, 1996.
4. Rolls-Royce engineers "The Jet Engine, 5th Edition" Technical Publications Department, Rolls-Royce, Derby, England, 1996.
5. FAA-H-8083-32, Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook-Powerplant Volume 1, 2012.
6. FAA-H-8083-32, Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook-Powerplant Volume 2, 2012.
7. Aviation Technician Integrated Training Program ’Powerplant Section’ EA ITP-P.
8. Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics ‘Powerplant Handbook’ EA-AC65-12A Federal Aviation Administration Publications, Washington DC, USA.
9. Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Acceptable Methods, Techniques and Practices: Aircraft Inspection Repair and Alterations, EA-AC43-13 1A & 2A. Federal Aviation Administration Publications, Washington DS, USA Delp, F.
10. Aircraft Ignition and Electrical Systems EA IGS International Aviation Publishing Inc, Casper, Wyoming, USA Kroes, Wild, Bent & McKinley.
11. Aircrafts Powerplants Delp, F. Aircraft Propellers and Controls, EA-APC International Aviation Publishing Inc., Casper, Wyoming, USA Hurt, HH Jr.
12. Aerodynamics For Naval Aviators, NAVWEPS 00-80T-80 Otis, Charles.
13. Aircraft Gas Turbine Power Plants, EA-TEP-2 International Aviation Publishing Inc., Casper, Wyoming, USA. ISBN 0-89100-255-3-1AP Rolls Royce.
14. The Jet Engine, EDC Printing Services Inwin, E. Treager. Aircraft Gas Turbine Engine Technology, McGraw Hill Publishing

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:


Assessment 1: Assignment 1

Weighting towards final grade (%): 20


Assessment 2: Assignment 2

Weighting towards final grade (%): 20


Assessment 3: Test 1

Weighting towards final grade (%): 30


Assessment 4: Test 2

Weighting towards final grade (%): 30

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):


Assessment Mapping Matrix


Performance Criteria

Assignment 1

Assignment 2

Test 1

Test 2











































Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following assessment tasks:

  • Assignment 1, 20%
  • Assignment 2, 20%
  • Test 1, 30%
  • Test 2, 30%

All assignments will go through Academic Integrity Check software TurnItIn. Please also refer to the marking guide for more detail information about all assessments.

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:

80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment.

Assessment Matrix


Assessment vs MEA342A Elements & Performance Criteria

  MEA342A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 2.1 2.2 2.3
Assignment 1 X     X X X  
Assignment 2 X X X   X X X
Test 1 X     X X X  
Test 2 X X X   X X X

Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
Assessments  EA1.1  EA1.2  EA1.3  EA1.4  EA1.5  EA1.6  EA2.1  EA2.2  EA2.3  EA2.4  EA3.1  EA3.2  EA3.3 EA3.4  EA3.5  EA3.6 
Assignment 1  X   X    X  X            X      
Assignment 2  X   X    X  X            X    X    
Test 1  X   X    X  X                X    
Test 2  X    X    X  X                X    
ALL ASSESSMENTS MEA342A   3 0  0  3  3  0  3 0 
0 (Blank) Graduate attribute is not assessed
1 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element
2 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element
3 Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element

Other Information

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consultation, organized industrial visits and lab reports. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. In this competency, the estimated student directed hours is 30 hours outside the class time.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:

- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please refer to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late Submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.

The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

Please refer to find more information about special consideration.


Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

Please refer: to find more information about plagiarism.

Email Communication:
All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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