• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Major code ASSY-MAJ

Access to space and uncrewed aerial systems are rapidly decreasing in cost, driving new opportunities in communications, defence, and monitoring and management of Earth’s resources. Aerospace systems engineers have the knowledge and skills to design, integrate and control complementary space and aerial craft subsystems to work efficiently, reliably and safely together to support commercial and defence industries. As part of this major, students will pursue topics in space systems engineering, advanced propulsion systems, space instrumentation and control of aerospace structures and vehicles. These topics leverage particular ANU strengths in electrical and mechatronics engineering, intelligent systems, as well as expertise from the Advanced Instrumentation Technology Centre and ANU InSpace. Leveraging ANU’s unique location in Canberra, Australia's defence capital with the largest concentration of defence and national security agencies, assets, and industry bodies in Australia, and existing links with the leading aerospace companies, such as Boeing and Airbus, students pursuing this major will have the chance to apply their skills early on through a range of industry projects and work experience and internship placement opportunities. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply systematic design-oriented engineering principles, including those aided by mathematical modelling and computer simulation, to analyse and design aerospace systems, including structural, propulsion, data and flight instrumentation, communication, and guidance, navigation, and control sub-systems.

  2. Evaluate solutions to engineering problems in aerospace systems, by selecting and applying theoretical principles and methods from sciences, mathematics, computing, systems theory and engineering disciplines that describe the relationship between fundamental physical sciences and the behaviour of aerospace systems.

  3. Demonstrate proficiency with advanced knowledge and tools in aerospace systems, including aerodynamics, material design, air and space propulsion, advanced control, microprocessors, and flight optimisation to meet aircraft performance, stability and controllability, and propulsion requirements.

  4. Identify and compare current developments and emerging trends in contemporary and prospective aerospace systems, including autonomous aerial systems, miniaturised space systems, aerospace robotics, and aerial and space swarm systems.

  5. Use disciplinary knowledge and effective communication skills to critically appraise self and others' engineering designs and solutions.

  6. Undertake critical reflection and independent research in aerospace systems.

  7. Work effectively within teams, demonstrating autonomy, ethical conduct, well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility to achieve engineering outcomes at a high standard.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

ENGN2222 Engineering Thermodynamics

ENGN2228 Signals and Systems

ENGN3338 Aerodynamics

ENGN3339 Aerospace Structures and Materials

ENGN3223 Control Systems

ENGN4338 Propulsion Systems

ENGN4337 Flight Dynamics

ENGN4339 Aircraft Performance and Design

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