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Unit information: AVDASI 1 - Aerospace Vehicle Systems Introduction in 2014/15

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Unit name AVDASI 1 - Aerospace Vehicle Systems Introduction
Unit code AENG10001
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Scarpa
Open unit status Open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This Unit seeks to foster a working understanding of specialised information, power, environmental, mass transfer, structural and control systems utilised on contemporary rotary-wing and fixed-wing aerospace vehicles. The lecture and tutorial programme is specifically tailored to guide students whilst they conduct a pre-design study of an aerospace vehicle.


The aim of this unit is to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of the specialised information, power, structural and control systems employed on aerospace vehicles.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the students will have:

  • A knowledge of the systems that make up modern rotary and fixed-wing aerospace vehicles.
  • Started to develop an understanding of the interaction between aircraft systems.
  • An appreciation of the historical development of aircraft systems.
  • A basic knowledge and understanding of design processes that are employed in the aerospace industry
  • An awareness of the environmental impact of aerospace operations.

Teaching Information

  • 24 (1 hour) lectures
  • 4 (1 hour) optional lunchtime lectures
  • Group coursework exercise

Assessment Information

  • 70% - 2 hour examination in January
  • 30% - Group coursework exercise

Reading and References

  • Moir and Seabridge. “Civil Avionics Systems” ISBN 1 86058 342 3
  • Moir and Seabridge. “Military Avionics Systems” ISBN 0 470 01632 9
  • Jenkinson, L.R., Simpkin, P., Rhodes, D., “Civil Jet Aircraft Design”, ISBN 156347350X
  • Raymer, D.P., “Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach”, ISBN 1563478293