The Aerospace Engineering (AE) minor is designed to provide students with sufficient
knowledge and skills to allow them to operate as a competent practitioner within the
field of aerospace engineering. Students will develop not only technical know-how
but also a practical and analytical approach to problem-solving that will allow them
to address a range of aerospace engineering challenges.
Within this context, the main aims of the minor in AE are:
- To provide the opportunity for students to progressively acquire a thorough grounding
in the concepts and skills of the central topics in aerospace engineering;
- To give you the skills and knowledge to deliver solutions to real engineering problems;
- To show you how engineering works in a business context, enabling you to achieve results
within economic constraints;
- To become effective engineers and undertake lifelong learning particularly for continuing
This course gives an integrated knowledge of engineering that is currently appreciated
by most engineering employers. Core modules will provide students with a thorough
understanding of many of the most important and central subjects in aerospace engineering
today, from computer modeling to engineering materials. There is considerable focus
on gaining practical experience, and lectures by visiting practicing engineers will
ensure you’ll become familiar with current methods and approaches within industry.
Upon completion of these courses, students will be able to:
- Apply general engineering theory and scientific principles to find solutions to a
wide range of practical problems;
- Demonstrate your ability to apply mathematical methods to model and analyze aerospace
- Display your competence with a range of test and measurement equipment;
- Apply creativity and appropriate computer based methods for solving aerospace engineering
This minor is both academically rigorous and practically focused. It will also develop
your analytical and problem-solving skills.
The specific aims of the courses are:
- To provide the opportunity for you to progressively acquire a thorough grounding in
the concepts and skills of the central topics in aerospace engineering.
- In conjunction with other pathways within the aerospace industry, to provide the specialist
knowledge base and skills for you to specify and design the subsystems relevant to
a particular subject areas of interest.
- To provide you with the engineering skills and knowledge required in a business context
to achieve an economic solution.
- To enhance the University's course provision by offering a range of vocationally useful
modules which you will find interesting, stimulating and relevant to a wide range
of scientific activities; and by providing you with a range of transferable skills
pertinent to a wide variety of career developments.
- To widen and develop your experiences and your organizational and analytical skills
such as to enable you to enhance your role within your organization.
- To enable you to consolidate professional and personal expertise in competitive commercial
and industrial environments.
- To widen and develop your understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and
theories to your chosen engineering discipline.
- To develop your creativity and innovation in solving problems, and in designing systems,
components and processes.
- To develop your ability of demonstrated discipline-specific practical skills, particularly
concerning laboratory work, project work and the use of discipline-specific software.
- To develop your transferable skills within the field of communication with colleagues
and others, using both written and oral methods; to work separately or in a multi-disciplinary
- To encourage you to become effective engineers and undertake lifelong learning particularly
for continuing professional development.
Additional course information
Upon completion of these courses students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and
- Appropriate mathematical methods relating to modeling and analyzing engineering problems.
- The principles appropriate to the specific discipline.
- Management and business practices and apply professional and ethical responsibilities
including global and social context of engineering.
- The use of relevant test and measurement equipment.
- Teamwork, management and leadership for effective practice