Aerospace Design Project 4M ENG4014

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This project is based on the conceptual design of an aircraft to meet a general specification and to explore the adaptation of an existing aircraft to new functions relevant to the current needs of the aircraft industry. As well as the technical aspects, the course develops transferable skills in project planning and execution.



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

ENG4012 Aerospace Systems Project 4

ENG4013 Aerospace Design Project 4

SIT4010 Aerospace Design Project 4S

SIT4019 Aerospace Systems Design Project 4S




60% Report: 35% group contribution to interim and final reports, 25% individual contribution

40% Project Output: 20% group interim and final presentations, 10% group preliminary presentation, 10% individual record book

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ give students experience in operating design processes in the aeronautical context and in a group design environment;

■ expose students to current aircraft design priorities, requirements and processes relevant to the aerospace industry

■ introduce students to working in an environment, as the opportunity arises, typical of a modern aerospace company

■ develops students' engineering design and management skills and judgement, with the aim of instilling a capability to solve problems over the full range of a total design;

■ develop enterprise skills, and written and oral presentation skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ evaluate the feasibility of converting an existing aircraft for a proposed new application;

■ plan and co-ordinate the activities of a design project;

■ implement the necessary phases in the design process and produce the required outcomes of each phase;

■ communicate design outcomes to technical and lay readers;

■ apply a number of standard methods to various phases of the design process;

■ work as an effective member of a small team;

■ plan the activities of a group, and provide leadership, so as to achieve specified objectives with limited resources, and by a strict deadline;

■ locate and interpret information to support a design project;

■ select and use appropriate computer systems to support basic design activities;

■ evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses, and those of their colleagues;

■ apply their broad engineering knowledge and skills to unstructured problems.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment.


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.