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Unit information: Design and Computing in 2019/20

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Unit name Design and Computing
Unit code AENG11600
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mr. Martin
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


An introduction to the basic principles, tools, and skills required for engineering design and use of computers; principles and processes used in the design of aerospace vehicles; standards in presenting the general arrangement layouts of aerospace vehicle design concepts; consideration of design for manufacture and its effect on product cost and quality.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit the student will be able to: • interpret and present graphical information, including three-view 2D aircraft representations with associated principal dimensional/parametric data; • create 3D solid object models and engineering drawings using CAD; • demonstrate knowledge of basic design principles of aircraft; • use computer programming and spread-sheets for basic engineering tasks • apply basic knowledge and understanding of aerodynamics, dynamics and structures for the design of a model flight vehicle; manufacture, test and measure performance and produce documentation to clearly define the design and explain performance.

Teaching details

Lectures, laboratories, example classes, programming exercises.

Assessment Details

Assessment is 100% coursework, consisting of:

50% Design:

  • AA 20% - DGC assessed exercises
  • AB 20% - Flight Design Project
  • AD 10% - Design Principles test

50% Computing:

  • BA 25% - Programming exercises
  • BB 25% - CAD assessed exercises

Reading and References

  • Parker, M., “Engineering Drawing Fundamentals”, 1992, Nelson Thornes Ltd. ISBN: 0748715592
  • Simmons, C., “A Manual of Engineering Drawing to British and International Standards”, 2012, 4th ed., Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN: 0080966527
  • Banach, D. & Jones, T., “Autodesk Inventor 2016 – Essentials Plus”, 2015, 1st ed., SDC Publications. ISBN: 1585039497
  • Swift, K.G. & Booker, J.D., “Process Selection: from Design to Manufacture”, 2003, 2nd ed., Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN: 0750654376
  • Banach, D. & Jones, T., “Autodesk Inventor 2018 – Essentials Plus”, 2017, 1st ed., SDC Publications. ISBN: 1630570893
  • Black, J.T. & Kohser, R.A., 'DeGarmo’s' Materials & Processes in Manufacturing, Tenth Edition”, 2007, 10th ed., Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 047005512x
  • Black, J.T. & Kohser, R.A., 'DeGarmo’s' Materials & Processes in Manufacturing, Eleventh Edition – International Student Version”, 2013, WI Publishing. ISBN: 812654046x
  • Kernighan, B.W & Ritchie, D.M., “The C Programming Language, 2'nd' Edition, 1988”, 1988, 2nd ed., Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0131103709