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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering

Managing facultyEngineering
Abbreviated titleBAeroEng
CRICOS code052603J
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9905 3404, email or visit

Course coordinator



This course will focus on aerodynamics, aerospace materials, aerospace structures, propulsion and aerospace instrumentation and control. This will be complemented by a major emphasis on design, which will be taught with a project-based focus. Current industry practice and guidance on professional issues such as ethics, legal, environmental and safety issues will also be covered along with an understanding of the role of the aerospace industry in a wider, global context.


Students will acquire knowledge in the core disciplines underpinning aerospace engineering and incorporate this into the design of systems and components for the aerospace industry. They will be able to formulate problems, propose innovative solutions, analyse the technical and other aspects of these and make decisions about the preferred option. This will necessarily involve working in multidisciplinary teams learning through guided practice, how to handle such situations. They will develop a range of management skills, including project management and will gain a perspective on the rapid change of the industry, which will illustrate the need to engage in lifelong learning.

Vacation work/industrial experience

In order to fulfil the requirements of the various degree regulations and Engineers Australia, all engineering students must complete 12 weeks of approved engineering work experience and submit a report on that work. Such work is normally undertaken in the vacations between second and third years and/or between third and fourth years (but may also be taken between first and second years). Students who have completed all academic requirements for their degrees are not eligible to graduate until this work experience has been completed and a satisfactory report submitted.

Professional recognition

For information about professional recognition of Faculty of Engineering courses visit


Level one includes the basic sciences such as mathematics, physics and chemistry, combined with one introductory aerospace engineering unit. The large majority of students entering the faculty have completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), and references in the following paragraphs are to the prerequisite VCE subjects. Some domestic and international students enter the faculty with equivalent qualifications, and advice about unit choice for students with qualifications other than the VCE may be obtained from the faculty administration offices. Foundation units are required for students who have not completed appropriate VCE studies.

The core discipline areas of aerospace engineering include aerodynamics, propulsion, materials, structures, avionics/control, design and dynamics/mechanics. In each of these areas, the course has a unit that lays the foundations of the discipline at level two, followed by an advanced unit that provides a significant engineering practice component at level three. For the most part, the second unit at level three is a terminal unit in the discipline but there are integrative units in level four that further build on or complement these terminal discipline units.

At level four the orientation is towards professional and project-based units. There is also an inter-faculty elective and two technical electives drawn from across the faculty.

The award of an honours degree in engineering is based on academic achievement.


Level one

Foundation units

Students who have not completed VCE units 3 and 4 of Chemistry or Physics and/or Specialist mathematics should select one or two appropriate foundation units(s) from:

Elective units

Select none, one or two units from:

Total: 48 points

Level two

Total: 48 points

Level three

Total: 48 points

Level four

Core units

  • MAE4404 Aerospace practices
  • MAE4407 Instrumentation and avionics
  • MAE4408 Damage tolerance and airworthiness
  • MAE4901 Aerospace project I
  • MAE4902 Aerospace project II
  • one approved inter-faculty unit

Elective units

Select two units from:

Total: 48 points


Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering

Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (with Honours)

Where more than one award is listed the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.