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SPST611 - Aircraft Propulsion Systems

Course Details

Course Code: SPST611 Course ID: 4034 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is an introduction to aircraft propulsion systems, including their design and development, turbo propulsion combustion technology, engine/airframe performance matching, inlets and inlet/engine integration, exhaust nozzle aerodynamics, engine operability, and aeroelasticity and unsteady 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
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • CO-1: Understand the concepts and applications of propulsion theory
  • CO-2: Apply critical thinking skill to the analysis of propulsion theory
  • CO-3: Apply propulsion theory and equations to real-world scenarios
  • CO-4: Evaluate propulsion issues associated with subsonic, transonic and supersonic flight
  • CO-5: Judge aerodynamic effectiveness of various propulsion designs and combinations
  • CO-6: Demonstrate graduate-level critical thinking and writing

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

Forum Postings

Five times throughout the course, discussion items will be posted within the Forum area of the classroom. Your responses must be between 100-300 words, be in YOUR OWN WORDS (no quotes), well written and grammatically correct. Your responses will clearly show whether you have read assigned classroom readings (listed in this syllabus). Opinions are always welcome… However, postings providing only opinions will be graded accordingly! You must also comment on two other student postings.

Short Paper

Details can be found in the assignments area. The 5 page paper will be due at the end of Week 3 and is worth 8-percent of your total course grade. Your paper must be at least five pages of written material; you can use illustrations, graphs, charts, etc. but the written portion of your paper must be at least 2 pages. Chicago style must be used and be sure to cite ALL facts/sources as you use them!

Quizzes

The four (open book) quizzes are worth a total of 32 percent of your course grade and will test your knowledge of the terms and concepts covered in the textbooks. Each exam consists of multiple choice and essay questions. You will have a week to complete each exam. Although open book, it is literally impossible to pass the exams without having completed the assigned readings.

Final Exam

The final exam is worth a total of 20 percent of your course grade and will test your knowledge of the terms and concepts covered during the entire course. The exam consists of multiple choice and essay questions. You will have six hours to complete the exam. Although open book, it is literally impossible to pass the final exam without having completed the assigned readings.

Research Paper

Details on the research paper are posted in the assignments area. The 10 page paper will be due at the end of Week 8 and is worth 20-percent of your total course grade. Your paper must be at least 10 pages of written material; you can use illustrations, graphs, charts, etc. but the written portion of your paper must be at least 10 pages. Chicago style must be used and be sure to cite ALL facts/sources as you use them!

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 at 11:59 PM EST the following Sunday.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Topic #1 2.50 %
Topic #2 2.50 %
Topic #3 2.50 %
Topic #4 2.50 %
Topic #5 2.50 %
Topic #6 2.50 %
Topic #7 2.50 %
Topic #8 2.50 %
Research Paper 20.00 %
Research Paper (Due end of Week 8) 20.00 %
Quizzes 32.00 %
Quiz # 1 (Due Wednesday September 18th) 8.00 %
Quiz # 2 (Due end of Week 4) 8.00 %
Quiz # 3 (Due end of Week 6) 8.00 %
Quiz # 4 (Due end of Week 7) 8.00 %
Short Paper 8.00 %
Short Paper (Due end of Week 3) 8.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Final Exam (Due end of Week 8) 20.00 %
Book Title: Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators
Author: Hurt, H. H. Jr.
Publication Info: Wing Aero Products, Inc.
ISBN: 9781619540170
Book Title: Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Propulsion (custom)- (The custom ISBN may have more competitive pricing in hard copy or electronic format. The non-custom ISBN is: 9780201146592, please use this one to search for the book from other booksellers.)
Author: Hill, Philip G.
Publication Info: Pearson
ISBN: 9781269648691

Book Title:Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators
ISBN:9781619540170
Publication Info:Wing Aero Products, Inc.
Author:Hurt, H. H. Jr.
Unit Cost:$26.35
Book Title:Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Propulsion
ISBN:9780201146592
Publication Info:Pearson
Author:Hill, Philip G.
Unit Cost:$214.55

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.