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AERO4491: Advanced Aircraft Design (2013 - Semester 2)

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Unit: AERO4491: Advanced Aircraft Design (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Wong, KC
Session options: Semester 2
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Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: AERO3460 AND MECH2400.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit aims to develop an understanding of the application of design to the modern aerospace context. Students will gain an overview of how to manage a project and its associated design team and will also gain skills in setting design specifications and carrying out detailed design analysis to meet some challenging requirement. Unit of Study content will include: Aircraft design methods; Methods of processing information for aircraft design: Detailed configuration design: performance, weight and balance, propulsion; Aerodynamic design: lift, drag and control; Advanced structural design, loads, materials; Weight estimation and fulfilling of relevant regulatory requirements; Advanced system design, modern aircraft requirements and specification; systems integration and validation; prototyping, benchmarking and testing.
Assumed Knowledge: AERO1400 AND AERO2703 AND AERO3260 AND AERO3261 AND AERO3360 AND AERO3465 AND AERO3560.
Lecturer/s: Dr Wong, KC
Timetable: AERO4491 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Project Work - in class 6.00 2 13

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
Profiency in creatively applying technical principles, design methodology, and knowledge of analytical tools and project constraints in the design of an aircraft to meet some contemporary and challenging requirement. Design (Level 5)
Design team members are expected to act as technical experts in specific disciplines within the multi-disciplinary environment of a design team. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5)
Students are expected to utilise leading-edge technological achievements in their design task, hence acquire the ability to evaluate and synthesise information from multiple sources to make design decisions. Information Seeking (Level 4)
The ability to manage design meetings, present ideas, critique evaluations, discuss and negitiate design decisions, document the design process, write design reports, and the ability to argue a persuasive case for individual achievements within the project. Communication (Level 4)
Develop an ability to engage with external drivers which may be influential in the final design decisions. Professional Conduct (Level 3)
Students are expected to work in a design team and manage the workflow to achieve a satisfactory project outcome. Project and Team Skills (Level 5)

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

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.

Design (Level 5)
1. The ability to develop a design project framework from basic client requirements
2. The ability to undertake investigations and formulation of problems and potential airframe solutions in complex and challenging requirements.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5)
3. The ability to design and test a prototype of a flight platform within available resources.
Information Seeking (Level 4)
4. The ability to discern relevant research data in developing design solutions.
Communication (Level 4)
5. The ability to clearly communicate contributions towards the complex design and analyses, utilising diverse media as appropriate.
Professional Conduct (Level 3)
6. An appreciation of professional, ethical and regulatory responsibilities consistent with industry practice.
Project and Team Skills (Level 5)
7. The ability to assume diverse team roles and exercise initiative and leadership when appropriate.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Report Yes 100.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: Report: Design report.
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.
Online Course Content: WebCT

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

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction, discussion on learning outcomes, and project proposals.
Week 2 Project proposal
Week 3 Design Team meeting
Design process
Week 4 Design Team meeting
Design philosophy
Week 5 Design Team meeting
Unique airframe designs
Week 6 Progress updates
Design Team meeting
Week 7 Design Team meeting
Progress updates
Week 8 Design Team meeting
Progress updates
Week 9 Design Team meeting
Progress updates
Week 10 Prototype manufacture and testing
Progress updates
Design Team meeting
Week 11 Progress updates
Prototype manufacture and testing
Design Team meeting
Week 12 Design Team meeting
Prototype manufacture and testing
Progress updates
Week 13 Design Team meeting
Final design report due
Prototype manufacture and testing
Assessment Due: Report
Exam Period Design interviews.

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Aeronautical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013
Aeronautical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013
Aeronautical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Aeronautical Engineering / Law 2010

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 5) Yes 28.58%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5) Yes 14.29%
Information Seeking (Level 4) Yes 14.29%
Communication (Level 4) Yes 14.29%
Professional Conduct (Level 3) Yes 14.29%
Project and Team Skills (Level 5) Yes 14.29%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 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.