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Unit information: AVDASI 1: Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineering in 2021/22

Unit name AVDASI 1: Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineering
Unit code AENG10004
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Rendall
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit introduces students to the basic concepts of aircraft aerodynamics, flight performance theory and practice as well as seeking to foster a working understanding of specialised information, power, environmental, mass transfer, structural and control systems utilised on contemporary aerospace vehicles and fluid-dynamic equipment.

The unit aims to develop the ability to solve problems by introducing the fundamental concepts and demonstrating how these are applied to specific problems, as well as an appreciation of the concepts of aircraft flight and the ability to perform calculations on aircraft performance. The unit comprises a general lecture series, example classes and a design/build/test project.

Intended Learning Outcomes

1. Explain important aspects of flight, in particular basic aerodynamic characteristics and the conventional performance of fixed-wing aircraft fluid-dynamic machinery
2. Calculate and analyse performance of aircraft and fluid-dynamic machinery
3. Describe the systems that make up modern aerospace vehicles
4. Explain design processes that are employed in the aerospace industry 5. Explain the environmental impact of aerospace operations.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

100% Summer timed assessment. This is a pass/fail unit.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.