Technology (Aeronautical Eng) - 4430

Program Summary

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Contact: UNSW Canberra, Student Administrative Services

Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 3 Years

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 144

UAC Code: 450080

Domestic Entry Cut-off: N/A  

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Technology (Major)

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Program Description

Engineering technology degrees within UNSW Canberra provide outstanding technology education to the future leaders of the Australian Defence Force and encourage excellence through contributions to the engineering profession, industry and community.

Students holding a Bachelor of Technology in the Aeronautical Engineering program may, under normal circumstances, articulate to the Bachelor of Engineering in the Aeronautical Engineering program with 12 months of additional study.

This three year technology program at UNSW Canberra is accredited by Engineers Australia at the Engineering Technologist level.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The BTech (Aero) program is organised into streams developed for basic science/engineering principles and moving into specialised applications over three years. These streams include: foundation science engineering technology, materials and structures, dynamics and control, thermofluids, design and management as well as discipline specific streams such as aircraft systems and engines.

Except for Electrical Engineering and those in the Chief of Defence Force Students Program first year technology and engineering students enrol in a common program taking foundation science and engineering courses. In second and third year the programs diverge into their specialities although there are some courses that span across programs in all years. A key element in all years is the design stream which emphasises complex problem solving. Other streams such as aerodynamics, stability, control. thermofluids, structures, mechanics, materials and management often incorporate project based learning informed by academic research and industrial practice. Electives and a final semester project enable students to pursue particular interests both within and outside the specialist discipline.

At the end of the program students are expected to meet the graduate attributes of the University and Stage 1 Competencies of Engineers Australia, ready to practice in their chosen profession and with the ingenuity and resourcefulness to meet rapid technological change.

The BTech(Aero) is primarily designed for officer cadets and midshipmen of the Australian Defence Force who intend to become aircrew and wish to enhance their understanding of the operation and performance of aircraft. It is differentiated from the BTech (Aviation) program by providing a broader engineering technology foundation.

Program Structure

The Bachelor of Technology degrees require a prescribed program structure as determined by the technology program chosen.

First Year Program
Second Year Program
Third Year program
2 x General Education Courses
1 x Technical Elective Courses

Technical Electives
Upper level courses from BEng (Aero) or other programs may be taken with the Undergraduate Coordinator's approval although such choices may add time to a subsequent articulation to a BE degree.

Note Students must select one General Education course from each of the following groups:

Group 1: ZGEN2222 Introduction to Strategic Studies, OR ZGEN2801 Strategy, Management and Leadership;


Group 2: ZGEN2240 Introduction to Military Ethics, OR ZGEN2215 Law, Force and Legitimacy

Academic Rules

1. Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students

1.1 A student must comply with the Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students. In the event of a conflict, the rules for the Bachelor of Technology take precedence over the Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students.

2. Program Requirements

2.1 To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Technology, a candidate shall normally be enrolled for a minimum of six semesters and gain a minimum of 144 units of credit (normally 24 UOC in each full time semester).

2.2 A student completing a Standard Program shall complete courses, in the years prescribed, as set out in the relevant schedule.

2.3 A student completing a Non-Standard Program shall, subject to the requirements of Rule 2.4 (below), timetabling requirements and approval of the appropriate Heads of School, be permitted to enrol in any one year in courses selected from more than one year of the relevant schedule.

2.4 Before a student's enrolment will be accepted for any course, the student must have completed the relevant pre-requisite courses shown in the Course Catalogue, except where the School Undergraduate Coordinator for the appropriate course approves otherwise.

2.5 Students are required to include 12 UOC of General Education courses, normally taken in the second or third year of study.

3. Practical Experience Requirements

Before graduation a student shall complete 20 days of approved practical engineering experience which must be done in one block with one employer.


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UNSW Canberra Faculty Regulations for Undergraduate Students

These regulations apply to all undergraduate degrees and are to be used in conjunction with Academic Rules and Program Information. All rules in this Handbook apply to each student who enters an undergraduate program in 2014. The rules remain applicable until the student exits their program, either by discontinuation or graduation. Students who entered a program in another year should consult the rules and regulations for that year.

Please refer to Faculty Regulations information

Related Program(s)

4468 Tech Aero Engineering (CDF)
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