Aeronautical Engineering BEng/MEng

Aerospace Design Project 4 ENG4013

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This group project is based on the conceptual design of an aircraft to meet a particular specification. The course will focus on the design of a given aircraft configuration. Students will be given a list of performance specifications required to be satisfied. Subsequently, the group will aim to design an aircraft to satisfy these performance specifications. Lectures which support the design activity will also be provided. As well as the technical aspects, the course develops transferable skills in project planning and execution.



Excluded Courses

ENG4012 Aerospace Systems Design Project 4

ENG4014 Aerospace Design Project 4M

SIT4010 Aerospace Design Project 4S

SIT4019 Aerospace Systems Design Project 4S




35% group contribution to final report

25% individual contribution to final report

20% group final presentation

10% group interim report

10% individual log 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 the students experience in aircraft design using available simulation tools;

■ facilitate a deeper understanding of the importance of aircraft performance and design;

■ enable the students to identify areas where further work is required to assess the viability of proposed aircraft designs.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ conduct a literature review of aircraft performance and design relevant to the task undertaken;

■ implement the necessary phases in the design process to execute the conceptual stage of an aircraft to satisfy the performance specifications; 

■ undertake an assessment to identify areas where further work is required to assess the viability of proposed aircraft design;

■ communicate design outcomes by written report and oral presentation;

■ work as an effective member of a small team;

■ plan the activities of the group to achieve specified objectives with the resources available, and by given deadlines.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the 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.