Aerospace Engineering, BEng (Hons)

Aerospace Engineering, BEng (Hons)

Programme Overview

Jointly offered by SIT and the University of Glasgow (UofG), this three-year honours degree programme will equip students with the specific skill set necessary to meet the growing manpower demands in the local and global aerospace industry with a specific emphasis on autonomous aerial vehicles.

Students will be equipped with sound foundations in engineering through appropriate mathematics and physics courses, upon which specific unmanned aerial systems knowledge will be built. The programme also includes a mandatory Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP), during which students will undertake a group project as well as witness industry best practices through industrial site visits in Glasgow.

In the last year of the degree programme, students will get to apply the theoretical knowledge gained and refine their technical skills through an eight-month Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) in local and overseas companies, working in the areas of unmanned systems and aerospace engineering.

Graduates from the programme will be equipped with knowledge of wireless communication, RF engineering, guidance and navigation systems, signal processing, unmanned propulsion systems, data analytics, risk and reliability and aviation legislation. They will be innovative individuals who are able to apply their technical and practical knowledge in the development of novel approaches, solutions and implementations of unmanned aerial systems.

Programme Highlights

  • Application-oriented training in aerospace engineering in Singapore’s context
  • Heavy emphasis on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) applications
  • Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) at University of Glasgow
  • Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP)

Eligibility and Exemption

Diploma holders from any of the five local polytechnics, A level / IB Diploma graduates are welcome to apply.

A-Level / IB Diploma Prerequisites:

Obtained a good pass in one H1/H2 or SL/HL Mathematics and also a good pass in one H1/H2 or SL/HL Physics.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can look forward to careers in these areas:

  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
  • Aircraft Engine Design and Servicing
  • Defense Contractors

MODULE SYNOPSIS

Year 1
AEE1111 Engineering Mathematics 1

This course starts with the concept of partial fractions, Fourier series, Euler's theorem, Laplace transform, Z transform and other numerical methods.

AEE1112 Engineering Physics
Fundamental principles of mechanics and thermodynamics and their applications in engineering. Necessary applied mathematical skills for advanced learning of engineering courses.
AEE1131 Engineering Mechanics

Fundamentals to study forces (including moments and friction) and their effect on simple but realistic engineering problems (such as cable-pulley systems, trusses, beams) by constructing and solving mathematical models using the principle of equilibrium. Students are also introduced the types of materials used in engineering applications, from their crystallographic structure through to their materials properties.

AEE1141 Fundamentals of Electronics and Circuits

Fundamental concepts of statics and mechanics of materials and their applications in engineering problems. Basic understanding of force vectors and their operations, force equilibrium, stresses and strains of a body subjected to external loads. Essential technical basis for the analysis and design of civil structures.

AEE1151 Fundamentals of Programming
Introduction to the historical and social context of computing, Basic concepts in programming (Data types, Control structures, Functions, Arrays, pointers, Files), Running, Testing and Debugging scripts and programs, Overview of Programming paradigms. Programming concepts are demonstrated in a variety of languages and practiced in a standard programming language (C). The module will also introduce students the best practices in secure coding such as input validation and data sanitization, and issues such as integer exploits and buffer overflows.
AEE1161 Engineering Design Graphics
Understanding engineering designs is a basic skill expected of all engineers. It is essential because graphics communication and documentation using 2-D drawings and 3-D computer models are a universal means of communicating a design idea clearly, and allowing the idea to be converted into physical products. This module is for students in their first year of studies. Student progress shall be assessed through drawing assessment and assignment, final design project, presentations and final report.
AEE1211 Engineering Mathematics 2

This course provides an extension into the advanced applications of differential and integral calculus learned in Mathematics 1. Concepts of limits, integration/ differentiation, ordinary differential equations, linear algebra, optimization, vector/matrix operations, and inverse matrix will be covered.

AEE1221 Fluid Mechanics

Basic understanding of fundamental fluid mechanics for incompressible flows. Students will be equipped with knowledge of Fluid statics and dynamics related to aerospace applications.  Students will also learn about the use of Bernoulli’s equation simplified from the Euler’s equation. Emphasis will also be placed on application of Potential Flow theory, Vortex theory and Boundary layer analysis.

AEE1231 Dynamics
Introduction to modelling and analysis of dynamic systems, with particular emphasis on free and forced oscillations, and investigation of the system response. Deriving the solution of the resulting differential equations and the application to simple vibration problems.
AEE1241 Control
Automatic control, with practical illustrations, to provide a basic understanding of techniques used to model engineering systems and to allow students to gain a physical understanding of the factors influencing the steady-state and dynamic response of practical systems. The module also provides an understanding of the time-domain and frequency-domain methods of analysis of control systems, an understanding of the properties of proportional, integral and derivative controllers and to allow students to gain experience of real closed-loop control systems and to learn about analysis methods using computer based techniques.
AEE1271 Effective Communication
Effective written and oral communication skills have been viewed as core competencies for undergraduate students in major universities in the world and are required by employers for today’s globalized workplace. Specific communication skills required of engineering undergraduates include the ability to present academic and technical information both in writing and orally to technical and non-technical audiences.
AEE1281 Aerospace Engineering Skills
Provide a holistic understanding of aerospace engineering. This is done by providing preliminaries on main themes - The description of the atmosphere, Introductions to flight Mechanics, airplane performance, stability and control, space flight, propulsion, structures and finally advanced vehicle concepts. Additionally, students are introduced to concepts of ethics and sustainability pertaining to aerospace engineering. Through these concepts, students will be able to appreciate historical traditions and background associated to the technology that are used in aerospace engineering.
Year 2
AEE2111 Engineering Mathematics 3

Mode, median, mean, standard deviation, statistical diagrams, cummulative frequency curve and interquartile range. Probability.

AEE2121 Aircraft Performance
Definition of airspeed, physical parameters to determine climb and descent operations, Breguet range equation, effects of aircraft propulsion systems on range and duration, take-off and landing performance
AEE2122 Flight Mechanics

Basics of flight physics. It is a key module in any aerospace course to illustrate how different theories from aerodynamics to propulsion are combined to arrive at a basic flight simulation environment. The students will learn different ways to parameterise the motion of an aircraft and develop an understanding of what factors influence the handling of an aircraft. The latter will be demonstrated in virtual flight simulation experiments. During virtual flight simulation sessions the students will experience the factors that influence the handling qualities of conventional aircraft.

AEE2123 Computational Aerodynamics

Basic understanding of Aerodynamic behavior for both 2D and 3D wings. Students will required knowledge from Fluid Mechanics leading up to Kutta-Juokowski Theorem. Students will then apply General Thin Airfoil theory to develop 2D wing flow characteristics and Prandtl’s lifting line theory to derive Aerodynamic coefficients for 3D finite wings.  Students will also be required to learn and apply mentioned knowledge through computational methods so as to understand the derived equations better.

AEE2151 Engineering Systems Modelling and Simulation
Continuous-time systems can be simulated by means of the numerical solution of mathematical models. It introduces commonly used simulation tools and numerical methods. It also considers the real-time application of simulation for hardware in the loop analysis and immersive training simulators.
AEE2221 Flight Dynamics
Mathematical Modelling and Simulation of Fixed Wing Aircraft, Linearised Equations of Motion Stability Derivatives, Aircraft Dynamic Stability Response to Controls, Reduced Order Models.
AEE2223 Aerospace Propulsion

Propulsion of the aircraft and UAVs of all kinds, i.e. conventional air-breathing systems (turbofan, turboprop and to turbojet) to electric-motor systems, battery-based systems, fuel cell and other emerging systems (Photovoltaic and Ultracapacitors) for UAV.  Its intent is to foster an understanding of the characteristics of these diverse propulsion systems from the basic principles, to applications. For aircraft propulsion, brief introduction of each components, i.e. propeller, compressor, combustion chamber, turbine and nozzle (with afterburner) will be introduced. A goal is to introduce the learner to the methods of mathematical modelling of propulsion systems and then to use these modelling techniques to develop an understanding of the characteristics of the several types of propulsion systems treated.

AEE2231 Aerospace Control
Introduction to advanced linear and non-linear systems. The student will learn about time-invariant state space systems, continuous and discrete time domain, multivariable control, advanced feedback controllers, e.g., robust control, adaptive control and digital control. Practical application to unmanned systems.
AEE2251 Software Engineering
This module aims to introduce students to software engineering principles, processes and techniques that are critical to sustainable software development. Students will learn about the importance and need for software engineering as part of the general design of complicated computer systems, as well as gain knowledge of how to use common software engineering processes. The module starts with an introduction to the Python programming language, which is used later in the module. This is followed by models for developing software, in terms of developer roles and common project development processes. Next, the students are introduced to techniques to capture project requirements and encode/convert them into standard documentation formats. Finally, students will learn about how build better software by selecting an appropriate programming language, applying common design patterns and validating their software through testing and run-time checking.
AEE2271 Career and Professional Development
This module aims to help you develop necessary career and professional skills to meet the demands of today’s workplace. The module comprises three main components: job search skills, written workplace communication and oral workplace communication. The job search component takes you through the entire process of job search, from planning your career to drafting your application and attending the job interview. The second component, with its focus on written communication, introduces you to good practices in written workplace communication, including email correspondence and drafting of technical minutes. The third component looks at oral workplace communication, with opportunities for you to hone your skills in conducting meetings, pitching ideas and presenting technical information.
AEE2331 Aerospace Manufacturing Processes, Materials and Structures
Understanding in manufacturing process technologies exclusively for fabricating aircraft components, with specific applications in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Students will be introduced to metallic and composite components that form the building blocks of aircrafts, as well as processes that encapsulates the manufacturing of these aircraft components. The breadth and scope of the course will provide comprehensive information about manufacturing processes of aerospace components and will stimulate the development of new concepts in the field of UAS.
AEE2332 Risk and Reliability Analytics
This module develops the students understanding of availability, reliability and maintainability thereby enhancing the students' ability to evaluate design proposals from a number of related viewpoints. To illustrate and develop an understanding of robust design from functional performance and manufacture viewpoints. To expose students to the discipline involved in researching a technical area and produce a report and presentation.
AEE2351 IIoT and Data Analytics 1

This module rides on students’ foundational understanding of IIOT and data analytics covered in the IIoT and Data Analytics I module. It aims to deepen students’ understanding of the concepts of IIOT and data analytics in providing new solutions and applications in the industrial space. The first part of the module covers advanced technological aspects of IoT that provide pervasive monitoring, sensing and data communication across hierarchical levels of computation. It covers the architecture of IOT versus machine-to-machine architectures.  Following, it introduces various stages of sensor processing and management that includes smart IoT endpoints, sensor fusion, fog and cloud computing, and energy harvesting in power critical devices. On network communications, students will be exposed to various networking technologies that cover near and long range communications, as well as IP and non-IP communication systems.

AEE2361 OIP Design Project

This is an intensive 3-week group design project where students will take as an overseas immersion programme (OIP) at UoG. The project based subjects in which students are required to undertake as group projects will cover both the conceptual and detailed aspects of design.

Year 3
AEE3001 Integrated Work Study Programme

This is an uninterrupted 8-month duration (2 trimesters) structured learning and work programme which will provide students with unique learning opportunities to achieve the following objectives, i.e. (1) applied learning – integration of theory and practice, acquisition of specialist knowledge and development of professional skills, (2) exposure to real-world conditions - appreciation of real-world constraints in respective industry contexts to develop skills of adaptability, creativity and innovation, and (3) smooth transition to jobs - practical experience which shortens work induction period.

Students will have the opportunity to develop innovative solutions for the design and construction projects they are working on. In this way, the IWSP will be a key platform to inculcate the SIT-DNA in every student.

AEE3301 Capstone Project

Final year students will carry out the project work from any discipline within aerospace engineering. The project will focus on computational analysis and design, integration and R&D. Students would ideally start their capstone project during the IWSP and carry it out with the guide of IWSP work supervisor. The project duration is over the entire academic year. An individual formal report is required. Each student is required to make an oral presentation.

AEE3302 Professional Engineering Practice
This module is designed to introduce the concepts of new venture and entrepreneurial planning through knowledge, understanding and practice in the use of developing the business plan. The module is also designed to introduce students to the issues crucial to the development of new ventures, the role of the entrepreneur and the entrepreneurial team, and the relationship of the new venture to its environment. It will also include the main functional areas of marketing, operations and finance. The module will draw on the growing body of research and literature related to the development of new ventures.
AEE3303 Composite Materials and FEA
Basic understanding of modern lightweight composite materials which are being used in an ever-increasing range of applications and industries. Basic knowledge of composites will allow engineers to understand the issues associated with using these materials, as well as gain insight into how their usage differs from other engineering materials. The finite element analysis (FEA) technique will be introduced as a tool to perform stress analysis of engineering problems, and commercial FEA software will be used. Fundamental concepts of the FEA and various formulations and element types will be covered. Students will acquire the basic FEA skills in carrying out stress analysis for mechanical and aerospace systems.
AEE3304 Wireless Communications and Signal Processing

Fourier method of signal analysis and processing in linear systems, which includes the basic principles of signals and communication systems by means of spectral analysis. Using Fourier method as the basic tool as well as the circuit analysis and filter knowledge, the complete picture of analogue amplitude and angle modulation will be covered including both the generation and detection techniques.  Digital modulation methods as well as its application in satellite communication will be briefly introduced

AEE3305 Flight Systems

Engineering principles and current technology behind navigation systems and its application in flight control. In the context of unmanned systems, this course is key to equipping students with the skills to implement the autonomous capabilities of modern aircraft systems. The course is broadly split into three sections, the first covering navigation systems and Kalman filtering for sensor fusion, the second covering guidance laws and the third covering linear control strategies for flight control.

Campus Location
SIT@NP Building
SIT@NP Building

Ngee Ann Polytechnic
537 Clementi Road, Singapore 599493