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Course Details

Course Code: SPST616 Course ID: 4033 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is an introduction to aircraft design. The Design Process, Airfoil and Geometry Selection, Thrust-To-Weight Ratio and Wing Loading, Sizing, Crew Station, Payload, and Passengers, Propulsion and Fuel System, Landing Gear and Subsystems, Aerodynamics, Basic Propulsion, Structures and Loads, Stability, Control, and Handling Qualities, Performance and Flight Mechanics, as well as Cost Analysis, are some of the areas covered in the course. PREREQ: SPST615 AERODYNAMICS. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED COLLEGE ALGEBRA AND CALCULUS I BEFORE TAKING THIS COURSE.


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • CO-1 Discuss the fundamental aerodynamic forces governing the flight of aerospace vehicles
  • CO-2 Apply the concepts and applications of aircraft design
  • CO-3 Comprehend the aerodynamic forces generated by moving air impact aircraft design
  • CO-4 Apply design theory and performance equations to real-world scenarios
  • CO-5 Evaluate design considerations for airplane stability and control
  • CO-6 Synthesize aircraft performance parameters based on design capabilities and limitations
  • CO-7 Judge aerodynamic and cost effectiveness of various aircraft designs and combinations
  • CO-8 Demonstrate graduate-level critical thinking and writing

Grades for this course will be based upon four grading instruments. You must complete all assigned tasks in order to pass the course.

Forums/Class Participation

Your participation in weekly discussions presented in the Forum area of the classroom makes up 24 percent of your course grade. Your knowledge of assigned readings will be reflected in your ability to actively participate and discuss key course concepts. Postings will occur every week throughout the course. Your initial response to each forum must be at least 250 words and be well written. In addition, you must comment substantively on two other student postings to receive full credit for the forum. Discussion requirements and expectations are posted in each forum.

Homework Assignments

Six Homework assignments make up 36 percent of your overall course grade. Questions will require you to have previously read the chapter(s) assigned in order to comprehend and correctly respond. Each homework assignment will be posted in the Assignments area of the classroom at the end of the week listed in the Course Outline (below). Specific assignment instructions are provided through the Assignments tab.

Writing Assignments

There are two writing assignments in this course. A short paper, contribution 5 percent to your overall course grade and a research paper contributing 20 percent to your overall course grade. Both papers should summarize the points noted in the assignment details and provide your supporting argument and/or rationale. The short paper should have at least 3 pages of narrative and makes up 5 percent of your overall course grade. The research paper should have at least 8 pages of narrative and makes up 20 percent of your overall course grade. Details for both assignments are provided through the Assignments tab.

Final Exam

The Final Exams is an open book/open note, non-cumulative exam. The exam makes up 15 percent of your overall course grade and will test your knowledge of the terms and concepts covered during the course. The exams consist of 24 multiple choice questions, primarily mathematical, similar to the homework question and examples form the course text, and one short-essay question. You will have 24 hours to complete the exam. You can access the exam more than 1 time during that 24-hour period, but you are allowed only 1 submission. The exam instructions will be made available the last week of the course through the Tests & Quizzes tab.

All assignments in this course are given to you prior to the due date. The “due date” for all assignments is the week in which the assignment is due. For the purposes of this course, a “week” is defined as the time period between Monday–Sunday. The first week begins on the first day of the semester and ends on midnight (your local time) the following Sunday.

During this course, we can maintain contact in several ways. The best will be through the classroom messaging system; next will be email; last will be phone. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t mind phone calls, however most questions are best answered in writing so that the information can be referred to again in the future.

NameGrade %
Homework Assignments 36.00 %
Week 2 Homework 9.00 %
Week 3 Homework 9.00 %
Week 4 Homework 9.00 %
Week 7 Homework 9.00 %
Forums 24.00 %
Week 1 3.00 %
Week 2 3.00 %
Week 3 3.00 %
Week 4 3.00 %
Week 5 3.00 %
Week 6 3.00 %
Week 7 3.00 %
Week 8 3.00 %
Writing Assignments 25.00 %
Short Paper (Week 1) 5.00 %
Research Paper (Week 8) 20.00 %
Final Exam 15.00 %
Final Exam (Week 8) 15.00 %

Book Title: Introduction to Flight, 8th Edition

Author: Anderson, John D.

Publication Info: McGraw-Hill

ISBN: 978-0-07-802767-3 (also available via VitalSource)

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Word
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:Introduction to Flight, 8th ed.
Publication Info:McGraw Hill
Author:Anderson, J. D.
Unit Cost:$127.75
Electronic ISBN:9781259191671
Electronic Unit Cost:$83.75

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.