Introduction to Aerospace Engineering (AERO1560)


This Unit 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 hardware that they are expected to apply their engineering knowledge to, during their aerospace engineering profession. Experiential learning is facilitated working with machine tools and hand tools in a supervised workshop environment, to develop fundamentals of practical aerospace vehicle component manufacture, construction, servicing and repair.

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2 hours of lectures, 1 hour of tutorial and 3 hours of workshop practice per week


Through semester assessment(100%)

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MECH1600, ENGG1800, MECH1560, MECH1751, MTRX1701

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