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AERO3711: Aerospace Engineering Project 2 (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: AERO3711: Aerospace Engineering Project 2 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Wong, KC
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2, Int January, Int July
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: Department permission required
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study aims to develop deeper practical knowledge in the area of Aerospace systems engineering. Students who take this subject would be interested in developing design skills by working on the sub-system of a real satellite or launch vehicle, autonomous vehicle research, flight simulation research or advanced propulsion systems research.

The assessment for this unit is purely project based. Students must organise a research topic with an academic supervisor before submitting an enrolment request.
Assumed Knowledge: Completed the first 2 years of Aero(Space), Mechanical(Space) or Mechatronic(Space) Engineering.
Additional Notes: Note1: A WAM of > 75% is required as well as departmental permission from the Unit coordinator.

Note2: There is a cap on the number of students allowed to do this subject in any one semester - depending on resources available.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Timetable: AERO3711 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Meeting 2.00 1 13
2 Project Work - own time 6.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Project Work - own time: Students undertake research and design according to the project description.

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
Students will develop skills in engineering best practice. (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 5)
Students will develop skills in the design of space engineering components and architectures. (4) Design (Level 4)
Students will undertake formal design review meetings and present work.
Students will be documenting requirement captures, designs and results in log books and in reports.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2)
Students will be working closely with other students towards project completion. Skills in project management will be developed. (7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

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.

(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
1. An ability to work and communicate effectively within teams and to undertake effective project management.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2)
2. An understanding of where relevant information can be obtained for the design of aerospace systems.
3. An ability to write up a convincing project design document.
(4) Design (Level 4)
4. A deeper understanding of a specific system as used in the aerospace environment.
5. An ability to conduct a paper design of an aerospace component sub-system.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 5)
6. An understanding of a “systems engineering” approach to aerospace design.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Progress Report * No 10.00 Week 3 2, 3, 4, 6,
2 Presentation/Seminar * Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 5,
3 Report * Yes 70.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
4 Log Book * No 10.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Progress Report: Oral report based on literature review and requirements capture.

Presentation/Seminar: Presentation of the Design component outcomes.

Report: Final design report.

Log Book: Log Book Submission

* indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration
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 . 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 for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Team meeting - introduction to the problem and design.
Week 2 Team meeting and project work.
Week 3 Assessment and further project work
Assessment Due: Progress Report *
Week 4 Team meeting and project work.
Week 5 Team meeting and project work.
Week 6 Team meeting and project work.
Week 7 Assessment and further project work
Week 8 Team meeting and project work.
Week 9 Team meeting and project work.
Week 10 Team meeting and project work.
Week 11 Team meeting and project work.
Week 12 Final Assessment
Week 13 Log book submission
Assessment Due: Report *
Assessment Due: Log Book *
STUVAC (Week 14) No exam
Exam Period No exam

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Advanced Engineering Program 2015, 2016, 2017
Advanced Engineering Program till 2014 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2016, 2017
Civil / Arts 2016, 2017
Civil / Commerce 2016, 2017
Civil / Design in Architecture 2016, 2017
Civil / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Civil / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Civil / Project Management 2016, 2017
Civil / Science 2016, 2017
Civil / Law 2016, 2017
Civil Mid-Year 2016, 2017
Electrical / Arts 2016, 2017
Electrical / Commerce 2016, 2017
Electrical / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Electrical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Electrical / Project Management 2016, 2017
Electrical / Science 2016, 2017
Electrical / Law 2016, 2017
Software Mid-Year 2016
Software 2016
Software / Arts 2016, 2017
Software / Commerce 2016, 2017
Software / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Software / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Software / Project Management 2016, 2017
Software / Science 2016, 2017
Software / Law 2016, 2017

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 16.67%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2) Yes 35.01%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 4) Yes 32.51%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 5) Yes 15.84%

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.