MECH ENG 7063 - Advanced Topics in Aerospace Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

The course will provide content that will enable you to: (1) Understand and use the core theory of flight dynamics, turbulence and signal processing to solve real engineering problems; (2) Understand and use control theory for solving theoretical and practical problems; and (3) Use theory presented in this course to solve practical flight dynamics and handling problems of aircraft.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 7063
    Course Advanced Topics in Aerospace Engineering
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible MECH ENG 4100
    Assumed Knowledge Fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, dynamics and control
    Assessment Five assignments, 1 practical, final exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Rey Chin

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Analyse the static stability of aircraft;
    2 Derive and use the rigid body equations of motion for an aircraft;
    3 Analyse the longitudinal dynamic stability of aircraft;
    4 Analyse the lateral dynamic stability of aircraft;
    5 Have a good understanding of aeroacoustics and its role in industry; be able to apply some analysis procedures to estimate aerospace system noise; and
    6 Understand and apply the principles learned during the advanced topics sections (e.g. aeroelasticity, turbulence control, etc).

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    5, 6

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    5, 6

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Course Notes

    “Flight Stability and Automatic Control”, Robert C. Nelson. McGraw Hill Book Company, 1998 [629.13236 N429f] {and also at Unibooks}

    Recommended Resources

    “Mechanics of Flight”, Warren F. Phillips, Wiley, 2004 [629.1323 P564m]

    “Flight Mechanics”, A. Miele, Addison-Wesley Pub. Co, 1962 [629.132 M631]

    Other reading material will be given out in class or available on myUni.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Lectures supported by tutorials and workshops.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    In addition to the lectures and tutorials, you are expected to spend approximately 10-12 hours a week studying for this course.

    Learning Activities Summary

    Week 1: Introduction, review of background material

    Week 2:Point and distributed mass models

    Week 3: Small disturbance theory

    Week 4: Static stability

    Week 5: Longitudinal motion

    Week 6: Longitudinal and lateral motion

    Week 7: Lateral motion

    Weeks 8-12: Advanced Topics

    {Note: only a guide and may change}

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Assignment 1 7.5 Individual Summative 1. 3.
    Assignment 2 7.5 Individual Summative 1. 2. 3. 4.
    Assignment 3 7.5 Individual Summative 2. 3. 4. 6.
    Assignment 4 7.5 Individual Summative 3. 4.
    Quizzes 10 Individual Formative 5. 6.
    Technical report 10 Individual Formative 1. 3. 4. 5.
    Exam 50 Individual Summative 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    Assessment Detail

    Students must achieve a mark greater than 49% to pass.


    Submit all assignments to the submission boxes on the 2nd floor of the Engineering South Building or as otherwise indicated by teaching staff.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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