ENME362-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Aerospace Engineering Design

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course covers more in-depth engineering design methods than ENME301 and covers procedures that are not included in the engineering science subjects. The subject matter will have an aerospace design focus and will include additional content to cover aerospace conceptual design, cost and weight estimation, configuration and layout, basic aircraft performance; aircraft subsystems; lifecycle topics; safety and reliability certification requirements, risk analysis and management. Overall students are brought to a level where they can undertake a substantial aerospace engineering design problem in a methodical manner, and can produce a professional quality design report.

This course is an elective for Mechanical Engineering students who are attempting the Aerospace Minor.

Learning Outcomes

  • Washington Accord (V4) Summary of Graduate Attributes attained in this course:
     WA1 – Engineering Knowledge
     WA2 – Problem Analysis
     WA3 – Design/Development of Solutions
     WA5 – Tool Usage
     WA6 – The Engineer and the World
     WA7 – Ethics
     WA10 – Project Management and Finance

  • Course topics with Learning Outcomes (and Washington Accord (WA) and UC Graduate Attributes) identified.

    1. Aerospace conceptual design and step-by-step design development
            1.1. Ability to perform conceptual design of different types of aircraft (WA1, WA3, WA10) (EIE2, EIE3)
    Range: Overview of the design process; sizing from a conceptual sketch; engineering drawings, dimensioning, and tolerancing
            1.2. Understand the method of preparation of design tasks and technical reports (WA3, WA5, WA10) (EIE2)
    2. Cost and weight estimation, and configuration and layout
            2.1. Able to calculate total weight and weight features of an aircraft, and perform and understand sizing of an aircraft (WA1, WA2, WA3, WA5) (EIE3)
    Range: Airfoil and wing/tail geometry selection; thrust-to-weight ratio and wing loading; initial sizing; configuration layout and loft; special considerations in configuration layout; crew station, passengers, and payload
    3. Basic aircraft performance and aircraft subsystems
            3.1. Able to calculate performance characteristics of an aircraft (WA1, WA2, WA11)
    Range: propulsion and fuel system integration; landing gear and subsystems; step-by-step development of a new design; aerodynamics; propulsion; structures and loads; weights; stability, control, and handling qualities; performance and flight mechanics; cost analysis; sizing and trade-off studies; fatigue design; joining
    4. Lifecycle topics, e.g. environmental issues (pollution, energy, etc.); safety and reliability certification requirements, and risk analysis, ethics and management
            4.1. Understand design responsibilities regarding risk, reserve/safety factors, environmental, and ethical considerations (WA6, WA7, WA8) (EIE3)
    Range: risk assessment, certification, regulatory bodies and use of standards; lifecycle, environmental and ethical issues
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.



Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 111
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 111
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 18:00 - 7 Oct - 13 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 340
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 141
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Stephen Daynes


For detailed course, policy, regulatory and integrity information, please refer to the UC web site, or see relevant Course or Department LEARN pages, (which are available to enrolled students).

Additional Course Outline Information

Note on Limited Course Entry

• This course has a capacity of 40 students.  
Selection criteria is on 2nd Yr GPA, and at the discretion of the Department.
Students must declare the Minor and enrol in this course, by day 1 of Term 1 of 3rd Yr, to be considered.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,059.00

International fee $6,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 41

For further information see Mechanical Engineering .

All ENME362 Occurrences

  • ENME362-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024