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Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, 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.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and 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(Hons)
CRICOS code052603J
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course must be completed in a minimum of four and a maximum of eight years.


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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • identify, interpret and critically appraise current developments and advanced technologies and apply them to aerospace engineering
  • identify and synthesise the constraints posed by economic factors, safety considerations, environment impacts and professional standards on engineering practice and use them to inform professional judgements
  • determine, analyse and proficiently apply theoretical and numerical analysis of phenomena to predict, design, control and optimise the performance of aerospace engineering systems
  • research, identify, conceptualise, investigate, and interpret knowledge from modern engineering tools and techniques to synthesise a coherent approach to the solution of a problem and/or the design of a project
  • identify and critically evaluate the performance of an engineering system in terms of economics, safety and the social and physical environment, and implement approaches to minimise any adverse impact leading to sustainable development
  • show awareness of and ability to proficiently apply project management tools and methodologies to the planning and execution of projects leading to engineering solutions of a professional standard
  • develop and implement creative and innovative approaches to problem solving
  • communicate effectively on both technical and general issues with peers, associates, clients and the general public
  • operate effectively and professionally within a team environment
  • plan, organise and use resources efficiently
  • demonstrate the highest standards of personal performance
  • demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and professional development
  • understand the responsibilities of engineers to the community, the engineering profession and the industrial and business world
  • demonstrate commitment to ethical standards and legal responsibilities to the community and the profession

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.


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.


Level one

Core units

  • ENG1060 Computing for engineers
  • ENG1091 Mathematics for engineering
  • MAE1041 Introduction to aerospace engineering
  • MAE1042 Introduction to aircraft structures and dynamics
  • MAE2400 Engineering materials (or equivalent)
  • one approved inter-faculty unit from the list of inter-faculty electives below

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 the following:

Preferred elective:

Other electives:

Inter-faculty electives

  • AFC2000 Financial institutions and markets
  • AFC2140 Corporate finance
  • BTC1110 Business law
  • ECC1100 Principles of macroeconomics
  • ECC2800 Prosperity, poverty and sustainability in a globalised world
  • MGC1010 Managing people and organisations
  • MGC1020 Organisations: Contexts and strategies
  • MGC2230 Organisational behaviours
  • MGX3100 Management ethics and corporate governance
  • MGX3991 Leadership principles and practices
  • MKC1200 Principles of marketing

Note: The Faculty of Business and Economics does not grant supplementary assessment for failed units.

Total: 48 points

Level two

Total: 48 points

Level three

Total: 48 points

Level four

Core units

Elective units

Select five units from the following:

Preferred elective:

Other electives:

Total: 48 points

* Students need to have achieved an aggregate score of at least 70 per cent to enrol in this unit.

** Subject to departmental approval.

Progression to further studies

Refer to the Faculty of Engineering's Professional recognition of coursesProfessional recognition of courses ( page in this Handbook.


Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours)

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