Module Title:Aviation Science 2
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The course delivery is a mixture of active learning and prescribed learning. Prescribed learning will take the form of lectures where the student will be introduced to core concepts in Physics with a particular focus on topics that are relevant to their aeronautical career such as linear and rotational motion as well as engine design and fibre optics. Active learning will take the form of laboratory exercises where students will develop problem-solving skills as well as examine and measure fundamental processes in Physics. The goal of these active learning sessions in the laboratory will be to facilitate the student to be able to relate the prescribed unistructural and multistructural knowledge of the lectures with real-life objects thereby developing important relational knowledge.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to allow the student the opportunity to understand difficult but fundamental ideas from Physics with an emphasis on their practical ramifications. It is furthermore envisioned that the knowledge developed here can later be extended as it will complement later modules, which they will undertake in their degree, that focus on propulsion systems, optical measurements, and communications.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Develop knowledge of the various fields of study in Physics namely matter, kinetics, dynamics, thermodynamics, wave-motion and optics.
LO2 Demonstrate the mathematical skills required to apply formulae to real-life objects and problems.
LO3 Analyse and appraise experimental data in a laboratory environment.
LO4 Gain experience of various forms of instrumentation and measurement equipment.
LO5 Develop and extend problem-solving skills through active learning in the laboratory environment.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Nature of matter: the chemical elements, structure of atoms, molecules; Chemical compounds. States: solid, liquid and gaseous; Changes between states.
Linear movement: uniform motion in a straight line, motion under constant acceleration (motion under gravity); Rotational movement: uniform circular motion (centrifugal/centripetal forces); Velocity ratio, mechanical advantage and efficiency.
Mass Force, inertia, work, power, energy (potential, kinetic and total energy); Momentum, conservation of momentum; Gyroscopic principles; Friction: nature and effects, coefficient of friction (rolling resistance).
Temperature scales, Heat transfer, Laws of thermodynamics, Gas laws.
Nature of light; speed of light; Laws of reflection and refraction: reflection at plane surfaces, reflection by spherical mirrors, lenses; Fibre optics.
Wave Motion and Sound
Wave motion: mechanical waves, sinusoidal wave motion, Periodic motion: simple harmonic motion; Simple theory of vibration, harmonics and resonance; interference phenomena, standing waves; Sound: speed of sound, production of sound, intensity, pitch and quality, Doppler effect.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Class test 1,2 10.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratories that relate to measurement equipment and physical object’s behaviour will develop problem-solving skills through active learning. 3,4,5 30.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam At the end of the semester, a final examination will be given that will comprise the prescriptive lecture material over the entire semester 1,2,5 60.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Practicals 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 4.33
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EEAER_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering 2 Mandatory
CW_EEACS_D Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems 2 Mandatory
CW_EEPLT_D Bachelor of Science in Pilot Studies 2 Mandatory