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MAE4404 - Aerospace practices

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Engineering


Not offered in 2007


This unit introduces students to the rules, regulations and legislation governing ownership, use and operation of aircraft in Australia. Topics include aircraft classification, the regulations governing airworthiness and aircraft certification. Aircraft safety is examined through analysis of relevant case-studies as a basis for understanding professional practice. Issues relevant to aerospace engineers in the context of ethical practice, design and manufacture, the environment, intellectual property, trade practices, health and safety awareness and technological developments will be covered. Writing exercises and oral presentations will prepare students for professional practice.


Identify and apply the Rules, Regulations and Legislation pertaining to Australian aircraft.
Develop a working knowledge of the status of the Rules, Regulations and Legislation pertaining to Australian aircraft.
Gain knowledge of Australian airworthiness regulations
Understand of the relationship between regulation and safety in Australian Civil Aviation
Develop an appreciation of the continued role of regulation and governance within the Australian industry and how this contributes to safe operation.
Understand the ethical responsibilities of professional engineers and society's expectations
Recognise the responsibilities of engineers in the design and manufacture of aircraft products
Develop an understanding of the laws relating to intellectual property and in particular patents and copyright as they apply to professional engineering practitioners
Attain an informed understanding of workplace safety and the importance of risk assessment.
Develop the skills required to communicate both orally and in writing to an industry standard.


Class project\exercise: 10%
Assignment one: 20%
Assignment two: 20%
Examination (3 hours): 50%. Students are expected to attain a pass grade in both the in semester component and final examination.

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practice classes or laboratories and 7 hours of private study per week


Completion of 132 points