Course Title: Introduction To Aerospace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: AERO5384

Course Title: Introduction To Aerospace

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

Teacher:  Yadana Wai
Contact Details: Location: City Campus, 57.5.20
Telephone: 9925 4461 Fax: 9925 8099

Nominal Hours: 20

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide training relating to introductory skills and knowledge relevant to the Aerospace industry.
The course provides an introduction to fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft terminology and the principles governing the diverse nature of aircraft design and flight.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBH137 Introduction to Aerospace

Learning Outcomes

1. Outline the scope of the Aerospace Industry and relevant industry and regulatory bodies within the Industry.
2. Identify and explain the function of Aerospace industry manuals and documentation required in the industry.
3. Identify and interpret aerospace drawings.
4. Describe an aerospace Quality System and its constituent elements.
5. Describe and use an aircraft reference and zoning system.
6. Explain basic aerodynamic principles.
7. Explain the operating principles of a range of Aerospace Propulsion Systems.
8. Identify aircraft structural types.
9. Describe the features of aircraft systems and controls.

Details of Learning Activities

The purpose of this module is to provide compentency based training relating to introductory skills and knowledge relevant to the aerospace industry. This module also facilitate articulation into Aerospace and engineering degree. Participants may have supervisory responsibilities which vary from limited to significant.

The students will participate in activities such as lectures, classroom based exercises and exam.

Teaching Schedule

Session 1

  • Industry Structure and career opportunities
  • Aircraft classifications
  • Airworthiness requirements

Session 2

  • Quality Systems and Standards
  • Technical manuals
  • Technical documentation
  • Aircraft servicing

Session 3

  • Drawing and Drafting, Drawing Interpretations 
  •  Handling and Storage of drawings 
  •  Location numbering system 
  •  Major structural assemblies

Session 4

  • Aircraft primary systems
  • Basic Aerodynamics
  • Basic Propulsion

Session 5

  • Introduction to Aerospace Closed Examination (100%)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Aero 5384 Introduction to Aerospace Class Notes


Bent and McKinley, Aircraft Basic Science, McGraw –Hill, 1988.

Bent and McKinley, Aircraft Maintenance and Repair Techniques, McGraw –Hill, 1987.

IAP, Aviation Technician Training Series, Aircraft Section Handbook, General Section Handbook, Powerplant Handbook., Casper Wyoming, 1985.

Other Resources

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 Item 1: (100%) Final Closed Book Examination

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

AssessmentLearning OutcomesPercentage
Final Exam1 to 9100%

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