Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)R Jones


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 or exercise: 10%, Assignment one: 20%, Assignment two: 20%
Examination (3 hours): 50%.
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies

Contact hours

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


Completion of 132 points