The Evolution of 'Design Build Fly' Led Teaching in Aerospace Engineering

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This paper describes the evolution of a ‘Design - Build-Fly’ (DBF) approach to the delivery and assessment of a Stage Three Aircraft Design module. It focuses on the primary learning outcomes around the design and manufacturing functions associated with the development of a remotely controlled aircraft. The work covers a six year period from 2011 to present mapping the transformation of the module from report based assessment to a more hands on approach resulting in a fully functioning remotely controlled aircraft. Results show that both the staff and student experience improved across key performance metrics including student feedback, learning and competency development. Challenges still remain in methods of placing students within teams and maintaining technical rigour in reporting as students develop vocational skills and more reflective writing styles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Manufacturing Conference (IMC33)
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sep 2016
EventInternational Manufacturing Conference - University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 31 Aug 201601 Sep 2016
Conference number: 33rd


ConferenceInternational Manufacturing Conference
Abbreviated titleIMC33
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  • Aircraft Design Education


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