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MEng, BEng Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering

Year 4

(Award available for year: Master of Engg & Bach of Engg)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:
- to demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge and mastery of techniques relevant to aeronautical and aerospace engineering and/or to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of concepts, information and techniques at the forefront of aeronautical and aerospace engineering;
- to exhibit mastery in the exercise of generic and aeronautical and aerospace specific intellectual abilities;
- to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship;
- to take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others;
- proactively to formulate ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate these;
- critically and creatively to evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in aeronautical and aerospace engineering;
- appreciate the importance and requirements of leadership in a multidisciplinary environment;
- demonstrate an awareness of quality systems and management, risk analysis techniques, economic considerations, health and safety and legal, statutory and contractual obligations;
- to have a thorough understanding of team roles, teamwork and creativity in terms of a framework such as Myers-Briggs inventory of styles;
- work as part of a team on a major engineering or design project which is completed in a timely and professional manner;
- understand the role of the professional engineer in the context of enterprise, business and management;
- apply formal methods of project planning and management, risk assessment and management and team working to a team engineering project;
- develop an initial project outline into a detailed set of project aims, objectives and a work plan;
- apply the skills of logical reasoning based on a comprehensive knowledge of design principles or engineering science, sound professional judgement, independent critical analysis and effective communication, taking into account commercial and industrial constraints, to the team project;
- research technical literature and other information sources in order to gain the required extensive knowledge and understanding of engineering materials and components necessary to complete the project;
- communicate the outcomes of a major project in both written and verbal form;
- understand the uniqueness of aerospace structures and develop the theoretical basis of aerospace structural analysis as well as solving real-world aircraft structural problems;
- develop an understanding of the theory of vertical flight, design and analysis of helicopters, autogyros and other rotary wing aircraft and gain an appreciation of the extra difficulties involved when the vehicle flow is cyclic in nature;
- have a comprehensive understanding of the principles of design and operation of various propulsion engines such as turbofan, turbojet, ramjet and rocket engines;
- solve model problems related to different propulsion engines components;
- be capable of performing the preliminary design of the different types of engines;
- develop skills of a cross-disciplinary approach to the design problems, starting with a thermodynamic cycle specification and evolving further to the aero-dynamic design stage;
- develop an understanding of avionics and other aircraft systems;
- acquire a comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles of design optimisation and ability to arrive at an improved design for an engineering system that satisfies given requirements;
- formulate a design optimisation problem that is treated as a systematic design improvement; select, compare, contrast, understand limitations and apply appropriate methods and computer software for solving such problems; critically interpret the obtained results. The emphasis is made on the application of modern optimisation techniques linked to the numerical methods of analysis of e

Transferable (key) skills

MEng students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for aeronautical and aerospace engineering:
- the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in industry or area of professional practice;
- evaluating their own achievement and that of others;
- self direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;
- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
- critically to engage in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms;
- demonstrate a high level of effectiveness and confidence in: verbal and written communication skills, the use of information technology to support communication, presentation and analysis, the setting of objectives, the planning and management of time and resources, and management and team working skills within multidisciplinary group activities;
- the following skills: analytical, analysis, communication, conceiving, designing / synthesis, engineering reasoning and problem solving, experimenting, mathematical derivations and solutions, modelling, problem solving, professional skills and attitudes, systems thinking, teamwork and leadership;
- the ability to apply new concepts and methods in the context of design optimisation as systematic design improvement;
- knowledge and understanding of mathematical methods as applied to design optimisation; an appreciation of the limits of such methods;
- the ability to apply mathematical methods to solve problems in design optimisation; the ability to assess the advantages and limitations of particular cases;
- a thorough understanding of how simulation-based optimisation techniques influence design methods and engineering practice.


Achievement for the degree of MEng will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for year M of aeronautical and aerospace engineering and will involve the achievement of the students in:
- demonstrating the ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within aeronautical and aerospace engineering;
- demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;
- drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study;
- evaluating and criticising received opinion;
- make reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data;
- Design Problems, oral presentations, problem solving exercises, project report, unseen exams, viva voce examination.


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