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Unit information: Aerospace Systems Engineering in 2019/20

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Unit name Aerospace Systems Engineering
Unit code AENG30009
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Steve Bullock
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


To introduce systems engineering principles and practices as applied in the aerospace industry. The course will include aspects such as system requirements process, functional analysis, safety assessment, system design and certification. Theoretical topics will be illustrated through several case studies on different vehicle systems or sub-systems.

The aims of the unit are:

  • To provide an introduction to the discipline of Systems Engineering in the aerospace industry including deriving requirements, requirements validation and verification, safety assessment and design.
  • To prepare students for the final year design project.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course and coursework, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply appropriate Systems Engineering tools/methods to tackle complex design problems.
  2. Identify several systems, and their component technologies, found in civil and military aerospace vehicles.
  3. Formulate and integrate systems from requirements definition, through concept development to final implementation in the context of their operational role.
  4. Evaluate the suitability of a system for a purpose based on a supplied specification.
  5. Determine the specification of a system to meet functional and performance requirements.
  6. Know the requirements of a system element within the context of a wider, integrated systems of systems.
  7. Apply the design processes that need to be employed in order to certify safe and reliable systems.

Teaching details

24 hours lectures

Assessment Details

001 Stage 1 requirement spec 10% individual Coursework 3, 4, 5

002 Stage 2 product selection 5% individual Coursework 3, 4, 5

003 Aerospace Systems Engineering exam 85% January Exam 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Reading and References

Textbooks and other references useful for the project will be detailed on Blackboard and include the following:

  1. NASA Systems Engineering Textbook
  2. SAE ARP 4754, Certification Considerations for Highly-Integrated Or Complex Aircraft Systems
  1. INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook