Aerospace Team Design Project 3G SIT3015

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

To give the students experience of the design process, team work and enable them to understand the design architecture trade-offs for a flight control system for a tethered helicopter.



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

ENG3005 Aerospace Team Design Project 3




60% group final report (to be submitted at final presentation)

10% group final presentation

30% technical performance of team, weighted by contribution of each student based on individual time sheets agreed at regular meetings

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

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. 


This is a team project and individual reassessment is therefore impractical.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ introduce students to the design architecture trade-offs for a flight control system by simulating, developing and testing a control system for a tethered helicopter;

■ reinforce the importance of coordinated teamwork.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ develop a simulation of a tethered helicopter;

■ design a simple feedback control algorithm;

■ evaluate and refine the algorithm;

■ develop a practical project plan from requirements capture to test & validation;

■ employ project management concepts including costing of the activities.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.


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.