• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering

This course will first define the key parameters that determine performance, operation and design of an aircraft. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of such physical descriptors of performance as take-off speeds, climb rates, as well as longitudinal static stability and handling during turning, cruising, and descent and landing. Students will then be introduced to relevant processes and techniques that guide the design and operation of aerospace system. Economic, safety, environmental impact and other regulatory considerations as well as requirements of individual sub-systems will also be discussed. Students will learn how to take the design from a concept stage through design cycles and approvals processes to meet a pre-defined set of requirements, including current aerospace design regulations. The emphasis of this course will be on using systems engineering approaches to consider optimal pathways for sub-system integration and optimise the design of the entire aerospace vehicle to attain maximum performance. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain the principles of aerospace design processes, requirements and regulations, from conceptualisation through to design cycles and optimisation to aviation certification.
  2. Describe physical principles of aircraft performance, stability, controllability and propulsion and how these impact the design, creation and integration of sub-systems for optimal system performance.
  3. Employ the principles of systems engineering and concepts of reliability, robustness, redundancy, validation and verification in the systems engineering process to the design of aerospace and spacecraft.
  4. Design and develop an integrated aircraft system, and model and evaluate its performance against set parameters.
  5. Evaluate and reflect on the social, ethical, environmental, legal and economic considerations, and the requirements of ancillary aerospace vehicle systems when designing, building and operating aerospace systems, and explain the strategies that can be used to address these requirements.
  6. Formulate and effectively communicate solutions to technically complex aerospace systems problems across a range of mediums and stakeholder groups.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Presentation (30) [LO 1,2,3,6]
  2. Design Project (70) [LO 4,5,6]

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130 hours per semester consisting of the following activities:

·        12 x 2-hour lectures, 12 x 1-hour tutorials, 8 x homework assignments, one 3 hour hardware lab, one 3 hour computer lab.

·        Self-study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks, and self-directed study

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN3338 Aerodynamics and ENGN3339 Aerospace Structures and Materials

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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4740
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7419 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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