MAE4404 - Aerospace practices - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies


Professor Kerry Hourigan

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


96 credit points


This unit introduces students to the science of ageing aircraft with respect to the operation and airworthiness of civil aircraft in Australia. Issues relevant to aerospace engineers in the context of ethical practice, the environment, intellectual property, trade practices, health and safety awareness and technological developments are also covered. Writing exercises and oral presentations will prepare students for professional practice.


On successful completion of this unit, student should be able to:

  1. Develop a working knowledge of the minimum regulatory obligations for the owners of of Australian civil aircraft.
  2. Gain knowledge of how the ageing process can affect the airworthiness of Australian civil aircraft
  3. Gain knowledge of the process required to address any deficiencies in existing maintenance programs for Australian civil aircraft.


Continuous assessment: 50%

Final Examination (2 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.

Workload requirements

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

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