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AERO1560: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AERO1560: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Wong, KC
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: ENGG1800 OR MECH1560 OR MTRX1701 OR CIVL1900 OR CHNG1108 OR AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR ENGG1960.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study introduces students to the role of professional aerospace engineers, along with the development of fundamental engineering knowledge and skills for aerospace vehicle design, analysis performance and operation. Students will learn through experience, to develop professional skills in research, interpretation, communication, and presentation of information relating to aerospace engineering. Expected learning includes: introduction to lateral thinking concepts; glossary of aerospace vehicle components and terminology; an introduction to the multiple disciplines related to aerospace engineering, such as aerodynamics, aircraft and spacecraft performance, mechanics of flight, aerospace structures, materials and propulsion systems; how the various disciplines are integrated into the design and development of flight platform systems; the operating characteristics of modern flight vehicles, their uses and limitations; modern developments and future trends in aerospace; the limitations of the aerospace environment; teamwork; and resource management.

Significantly, professional enhancement is introduced through the development of basic hands-on workshop skills. These practical skills enable students to have a better appreciation of the tools that they are expected to apply their engineering knowledge to, during their aerospace engineering profession. Experiential learning is facilitated through developing skills with machine and hand tools; solid modelling; and microcontrollers in a supervised environment, to develop fundamentals of practical aerospace vehicle component design, manufacture, control, servicing, and repair.

Manufacturing Technology: An overview of a range of processes related to the design and manufacture of aerospace components is provided through hands-on experience. Manufacturing Technology practical work is undertaken in: (a) Hand tools, Machining, and Fibreglassing - an introduction to basic manufacturing processes used to fabricate aerospace engineering hardware. Safety requirements: All students are required to provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE) and comply with the workshop safety rules provided in class. Students who fail to do this will not be permitted to enter the workshops. In particular, approved industrial footwear must be worn, and long hair must be protected by a hair net. Safety glasses must be worn at all times. (b) Solid Modelling - the use of computer aided design (CAD) tools to model geometry and create engineering drawings of engineering components. (c) Microcontrollers - ubiquitous in modern engineered products - will be introduced through experiential learning with development kits.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Giannelis, Nicholas
Dr Wong, KC
Tutor/s: Dr Robert Virgona - robert.virgona@sydney.edu.au
Timetable: AERO1560 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 13
3 Workshop and PC Lab 3.00 1 13
4 Independent Study 4.00 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial/Laboratory: Weekly exercises to facilitate learning of key concepts and attributes

Manufacturing: Practical hands-on sessions to learn basic manufacturing skills in mechanical workshop, and PC Lab.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Tutorial tasks develop the application of engineering fundamentals to aerospace applications. (1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
Practical manufacturing skills related to aerospace vehicle hardware. Understanding aerodynamics and aerospace structures through experiments in a Wind Tunnel Lab and a Structures Lab. Familiarity with flight platform hardware through hands-on inspection and documentation of aircraft or spacecraft components. (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 1)
One of the major assignment taks require students to undertake research into various design, operational, and safety aspects relating to an aircraft or spacecraft of their choice, utilising library and internet resources.
Documentation and presentation of information is an essential skill in aerospace engineering. This is facilitated through the writing of formal engineering reports and verbal presentations on two major assignment tasks.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2)
One of the assignment tasks would require the students to work in teams to design, build and fly a platform to meet some given requirements. (7) Project and Team Skills (Level 1)
Students are required to interact with industry personnel while inspecting and documenting aircraft/spacecraft hardware, developing familiarity with the aerospace environment. (8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2)
1. Familiarity with the aerospace industry environment.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 1)
2. The ability to work in a team in designing, building and testing a simple flight platform to meet some given requirements.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2)
3. Ability to search and discern relevant information.
4. The ability to write professional reports and give succinct verbal presentations.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 1)
5. Familiarity with airframe classification and components
6. Ability to apply fundamental engineering skills to aerospace problems.
7. Familiarity with aerospace engineering laboratory facilities.
8. Practical modern manufacturing skills and familiarity with contemporary tools used in aerospace engineering.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
9. Introduction to distinct fundamental disciplines within aerospace engineering.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Active Class Participation No 4.00 Multiple Weeks 5, 6, 7, 9,
2 Tutorials/Labs No 8.00 Multiple Weeks 5, 6, 7, 9,
3 Assignment 1 No 8.00 Week 4 1, 3, 4, 5, 6,
4 Presentation 1 No 4.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 4, 5, 6,
5 Assignment 2 No 16.00 Week 11 1, 3, 4, 5, 6,
6 Presentation 2 No 4.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 4, 5, 6,
7 Quizzes No 12.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 5, 6, 8, 9,
8 Project Yes 4.00 Week 13 2, 6,
9 *Manufacturing Technology No 40.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 8,
Assessment Description: Participation: Tutorial, Homework & Laboratory Tasks throughout the semester

Assignment: Assignments on aircraft/spacecraft familiarity, and data research and analyses, in written reports.

Oral Presentation: Individual presentations on the assignments, to be done in tutorial sessions over two weeks immediately after the assignment submissions

* Competency-based assessment - rescheduled if student has approved special consideration application.

Project: Team Project - contest

Quiz: Multiple in lecture-class quizzes

Penalties for lateness: 100% - no late submissions permitted.

There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Online Course Content: eLearning

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
Tutorial: Lateral Thinking in Aerospace Engineering
Manufacturing Technology Prac: Details to be advised (TBA - refer to personal timetable)
Week 2 Tutorial: aircraft components & handling data
Manufacturing Technology Prac: TBA - refer to personal timetable
Lecture: Aerospace Structures
Week 3 Lecture: Aerospace Structures
Tutorial: Structures Laboratory Experiment
Manufacturing Technology Prac: TBA - refer to personal timetable
Week 4 Lecture: Aerospace Structures
Tutorial: Student Presentation of assignment 1
Manufacturing Technology Prac: TBA - refer to personal timetable
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 5 Tutorial: Student Presentation of Assignment 1
Lecture: Aerospace Structures
Manufacturing Technology Prac: TBA - refer to personal timetable
Week 6 Tutorial: Aerospace Structures
Lecture: Aerospace Structures
Manufacturing Technology Prac: TBA - refer to personal timetable
Week 7 Lectures: Aerodynamics
Manufacturing Technology Prac: TBA - refer to personal timetable
Tutorial: Operating Environment & Aerodynamics
Week 8 Manufacturing Technology Prac: TBA - refer to personal timetable
Tutorial: Operating Environment & Aerodynamics
Lecture: Aerodynamics
Good Friday - no classes for Friday Manufacturing Technology groups
Week 9 Tutorial: Aerodynamics - aerofoils
Lecture: Aerodynamics
Manufacturing Technology Prac: TBA - refer to personal timetable
Week 10 Tutorial: Wind Tunnel Laboratory Experiment #01
Lecture: Aerodynamics
Manufacturing Technology Prac: TBA - refer to personal timetable
Week 11 Lecture: Aircraft Performance and Design - refer to personal timetable
Tutorial: Student Presentation of Assignment 2
Manufacturing Technology Prac: TBA - refer to personal timetable
Assessment Due: Assignment 2
Week 12 Lecture: Aircraft Performance and Design
Tutorial: Student Presentation of Assignment 2
Manufacturing Technology Prac: TBA - refer to personal timetable
Week 13 Manufacturing Technology Prac: TBA - refer to personal timetable
Lecture: Concluding Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
Tutorial: Wind Tunnel Laboratory Experiment #02
Project Contest
Assessment Due: Project
STUVAC (Week 14) Note: The schedules are subject to change due to the timing of public holidays such as Good Friday and Anzac Day.

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical / Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical (Space) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Aeronautical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Aeronautical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Aeronautical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Aeronautical / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical (Space) 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Arts 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Law 2015

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) Yes 28.8%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 1) Yes 2%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2) Yes 12.8%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 1) Yes 51%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) Yes 5.4%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.