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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MECH5725M Aerospace Systems Engineering

15 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: TBD

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Bachelor degree in Science, Engineering or equivalent.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Through this module students will be introduced to key aircraft systems, their design requirements and considerations. The students will learn how to approach the design of an aerospace system using a systems engineering approach that will focus on the Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) approach and techniques


The module aims to provide a solid understanding of the development of aerospace and aircraft systems and their design, including;
• Flight control. hydraulic, pneumatic, fuel, avionics, and safety systems.
• Design approach of an aerospace system using a systems engineering approach that will focus on the Model Based System Engineering.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes :

1. Organise information to facilitate system integration using systems engineering approach
2. Identify aerospace subsystems for a given mission
3. Integrate aerospace subsystems using model based engineering approach
4. Formulate systems requirements
5. Design to maximise performance of aerospace system
6. Investigate faults and analyse the reliability of aircraft systems
7. Assemble a UAV flight control system and appraise its performance

Upon successful completion of this module the following Engineering Council Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP) learning outcome descriptors (fourth edition) are satisfied:
8. Apply a comprehensive knowledge of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles to the solution of complex problems. Much of the knowledge will be at the forefront of the particular subject of study and informed by a critical awareness of new developments and the wider context of engineering. (M1)
9. Formulate and analyse complex problems to reach substantiated conclusions. This will involve evaluating available data using first principles of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles, and using engineering judgment to work with information that may be uncertain or incomplete, discussing the limitations of the techniques employed. (M2)
10. Select and apply appropriate computational and analytical techniques to model complex problems, discussing the limitations of the techniques employed. (M3)
11. Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve complex problems. (M4)
12. Design solutions for complex problems that evidence some originality and meet a combination of societal, user, business and customer needs as appropriate. This will involve consideration of applicable health and safety, diversity, inclusion, cultural, societal, environmental and commercial matters, codes of practice and industry standards. (M5)
13. Evaluate the environmental and societal impact of solutions to complex problems (to include the entire life-cycle of a product or process) and minimise adverse impacts. (M7)

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills:

Problem solving & analytical skills, Critical thinking, Programming


1. Systems design and development including: Performance analysis, Risk analysis and management and Lifecycle value
2. Hydraulic systems;
3. Pneumatic systems;
4. Electrical systems;
5. Avionics systems, Flight control systems and navigation systems;
6. Fuel and engine systems;
7. Emergency systems;
8. Environmental control systems.
9. Systems integration

Methods of Assessment

We are currently refreshing our modules to make sure students have the best possible experience. Full assessment details for this module are not available before the start of the academic year, at which time details of the assessment(s) will be provided.

Assessment for this module will consist of;

2 x Coursework

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours117.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Throughout the course there will be a number of tutorial classes within the lectures, together with one piece of coursework to guarantee appropriate feedback before the end of course. Informative feedback will be provided for all work.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024


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