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.
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.
Graduates can look forward to careers in these areas:
This course starts with the concept of partial fractions, Fourier series, Euler's theorem, Laplace transform, Z transform and other numerical methods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mode, median, mean, standard deviation, statistical diagrams, cummulative frequency curve and interquartile range. Probability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.