AVIT 327 01: Gas Turbine Engines

AVIT 327 - Gas Turbine Engines

2023 Spring Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 8123

Course Information

You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

This course includes:

  • Lectures - mostly live and some pre-recorded.
  • Quizzes, assignments, and participation (individual).
  • A group project.
  • A final exam (individual).

Times and Location

TR 3:30pm-4:20pm in UND Robin Hall, Rm 103

Instructor Information

Nicholas Wilson

About the Professor

Dr. Nick Wilson's bio can be found within the Blackboard link "Contact Information" or via the Directory search on UND.edu

Course Description

This course will provide an in-depth introduction to the turbine engine through the study of its development, theory of operation and the function of turbine engine components.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students should know:

  • Historical development of GTE.
  • Understand how a gas turbine engine functions.
  • Describe the main components of a GTE.
  • Understand the differences in the designs of the GTE.
  • Describe engine accessories and the accessory gear box.
  • Understand normal operations and limitations.
  • Understand GTE abnormals and emergencies.

*Note:  This is an abbreviated list.  More details will be covered in the course readings, lectures, quizzes, and final exam.

Course Materials

Texts, reading and course content will be supplied via the Blackboard Course site.

**Optional/Supplemental Texts**

Text:   “The Jet Engine” 5th Edition (Rolls-Royce) (Wiley)

ISBN-13: 978-1119065999

ISBN-10 : 1119065992

Text:  “Jet Engines:  Fundamentals of Theory, Design and Operation”

Author:  Klaus Hunecke

ISBN:  978-1-85310-834-1

Technical Requirements/Assistance

You will use Microsoft Word to complete assignments (files created using Pages in Apple can be saved as a Word file or PDF before submitting). Students are expected to use their official UND email in the course. Visit the Office 365 Email webpage for information on your UND email and how to download/install a free version of Microsoft Office. For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for their hours, help documents and other resources.

Minimum Technical Skills Needed

In order to succeed in this course, at a minimum, you should be able to:

  • Navigate in and use basic Blackboard functions
  • Download and open electronic documents
  • Create, save, and upload/attach electronic documents
  • Send, receive, and manage email
  • Create a Powerpoint or similar visual presentation.
  • Create a Voicethread submission, and comment on other's submissions, using Blackboard.
  • Use proctoring software such as Respondus Lockdown Browser, Yuja Proctoring, and/or similar solutions.

Course Logistics

Access and Log in Information

This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: http://blackboard.UND.edu and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.


Many services are available to UND students such as writing assistance from the UND Writing Center, free online tutoring from Smarthinking, and more. Visit the Student Resources page for more information. Students also have access to the UND Student Resource Site via Blackboard. It is recommended that you become familiar with the tools and tutorials within the site to better equip you in navigating the course.

Course Requirements/Expectations

Daily Course Expectations

Each regular class day may contain lectures by the professor, interactive group work, quizzes, videos, short individual presentations, or group presentations, or any combination thereof. As this class is considered "in-person" we expect consistent attendance and remote content will not be provided on an individual basis to accommodate a student's activities outside of class. 

In the event of weather, illness, or unforeseen circumstances, this course may be adapted to meet the needs of the circumstances including partial or complete remote delivery, synchronous Zoom class, or asynchronous (recorded) lessons.

Additional student expectations.

  1. The student will review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard.
  2. The student will access and follow all course instructions found in the Syllabus or Course Announcements (or UND email) section of the Blackboard course.
  3. The student will participate in any lecture or discussion sessions on campus or online as provided and as part of this course.
  4. The student will complete and submit assignments, exams, quizzes, etc. by the dated noted and in the manner described in Blackboard and on the course schedule. We will use United States Central Time (CT) for due dates and times.
  5. The student will participate fully and in a timely manner to get the benefit of learning from instructor and/or peers.
  6. Students will review announcements posted through Blackboard and/or sent via und.edu email.



Announcements will be posted in Blackboard on a regular basis. Be sure to check the class announcements regularly as they will contain important information about class assignments and other class matters.


Students should check their UND email on a regular basis (e.g. at least once each weekday). 

If you choose to contact me through email, typically I will respond within one business day.  If the email falls during a holiday or over the weekend, typically, I will respond the following business day.

As we are professionals in training, if I send an email requesting information, I would expect a similar level of performance (about one business day response). 

Discussion Forums, Voicethreads, Blogs, & Wikis

These tools are an excellent way for you to engage with the course material and with your peers. We will have a limited set of these interactive activities in the course. You are expected to read all assigned discussion boards, blog posts, and/or wiki pages and provide thoughtful contributions.

Course Etiquette

When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Always use professional language (no netspeak) in your postings and emails. Please be respectful of your classmates at all times even if you disagree with their ideas.


Participation (35%)


Participation points are based on your attendance and active participation in class and selected assignments and quizzes issued during the course. 

Participation includes homework assignments, quizzes, and classroom activity, current events presentation, attendance, group work, Voicethreads and/or discussion boards.  

Current Events Presentation.  Each individual within a designated group will be expected to research and present to class on the specified group’s presentation date with current events related to gas turbine engines and industry. Current events should be supported by a news article less than 1 year old.

Quizzes or daily participation activity for course credit may be scheduled or unscheduled, as such consistent classroom attendance is a key element of participation and absence impacts your grade.

Late work or late completion of quizzes, group work, etc, will not be accepted without prior notification to the Instructor (example:  email to the instructor no later than the day prior to class).  Only exceptions to this being unforeseen events of extreme nature (example:  death in the family).   Instructor reserves the right to grant (or not) partial credit for homework or other class material turned in late.

Project (35%)

Turbine Engine Deep Dive (TEDD) Group Project35

A team (assigned groups of 2 or 3) will have the opportunity to bid for and will be assigned a specific gas turbine engine model on which to perform an in-depth analysis.

Teams will select a commercial or military aircraft turbine engine (turbofan, geared-turbofan, turbojet, turboprop, turboshaft) and perform an in-depth analysis of:

  1. The engine’s history and current manufacturer
  2. Design elements,
  3. Components,
  4. Engine Sections, and
  5. Related specifications.
  6. Derivative engine designs.
  7. Real-world incidents or emergencies.

The TEDD project will come in the form of a presentation.  Powerpoint/GoogleSlides/Prezi must be created and presented to demonstrate your effort and support your grade.

A copy saved in the form of a PDF or .ppt must be submitted on the day of presentation via Blackboard.  All students’ names should be included on the first page of this document.

Each individual within the group should contribute roughly equal effort, however it can be in a variety of ways.  Examples could be researching turbine design or blueprints, creating the PowerPoint animations (if PowerPoint is your medium), purchasing or finding resources for the presentation.

Note:  Each individual within a team will receive the same grade for the TEDD as well as the group presentation.  Only exception to this is when members of a team have communicated to me **before April 6** any disparities in team member effort which have had an impact on the team members’ grades, collectively or individually.  Communication during the last week of class or after final grade issuance will not be considered when making adjustments to the final grade of any individuals within a team.  It is at the instructor’s discretion to determine how the grades will be adjusted in these circumstances.

Exam (30%)

Final Exam30

The final exam schedule is listed in Campus Connection as well as repeated within this Syllabus document.

Final exam or quiz questions may be multiple choice, true/false, essay, or short answer. The final exam is to be taken on the date and time listed in the Blackboard posted schedule.  Only exceptions to these exam requirements being unforeseen events of extreme nature (example:  death in the family).

The final exam will be taken in a proctored environment. Normally, we will take the exams using “Respondus Lockdown Browser” in a classroom setting. Students may be expected to use Yuja Proctoring (or similar solution) with Respondus Lockdown Browser. Current precautions may require other methods of proctoring. A student’s personal integrity remains the best method of proctoring.

Download link for Respondus Lockdown Browser https://download.respondus.com/lockdown/download.php?id=988740422

Instructions for Yuja Proctoring

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No schedule accommodations will be made for “stage checks” “booked flights”, “weddings” or other similar events.  Official UND activities for which a letter is provided outlining the students’ involvement and listed activity dates will be considered for test day/time accommodations.

Note:  Please take note of the course schedule carefully.  Students whom choose to use the “but I booked a flight” rationale for making a change are not showing the attention to detail and commitment required of a professional aviator.  You are responsible for managing your schedule and time.

Students whom have life events should coordinate their course absence with the UND Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities per the directions at the bottom of this Syllabus.

Schedule of Topics and Assignments

Day: Date: Reading(s): Agenda/Topic: Due:
Tue 1/10 Course Introduction, Syllabus Review
Thu 1/12 Group Formation & Exercise
Tue 1/17 See Blackboard Readings - FAA Excerpt Chapter 1 Turbine History / Evolution
Thu 1/19 Theory Part 1
Tue 1/24 Theory Part 2
Thu 1/26 Theory Part 3
Tue 1/31 See Blackboard - PHAK Turbine Engine Excerpt Turbine Engine Applications / Designs
Thu 2/2 TEDD Project Group Work
Tue 2/7 See Blackboard Readings - FAA Excerpt Chapter 2 - Engine Systems Engine Sections
Thu 2/9 Engine Sections
Tue 2/14 See Blackboard Readings - FAA Excerpt Chapter 3 - Engine Instrumentation In-Class Quiz
Current Events - A, B, C
Thu 2/16 Control & Auxiliary Equipment
Tue 2/21 Control & Auxiliary Equipment
Thu 2/23 Commercial Engine Focus (GE CF34)
Tue 2/28 Commercial Engine Focus (Limitations Comparison)
Thu 3/2 TEDD Project Group Work
Tue 3/7 Current Events: D, E, F
In-Class Quiz
Thu 3/9 Military Engine Focus / Engine Airframe Integration
Tue 3/14 No Class
Thu 3/16 No Class
Tue 3/21 See Blackboard Readings - FAA Excerpt Chapter 4 - Engine Malfunctions Turbine Engines in Operation
Thu 3/23 Turbine Engines in Operation
Tue 3/28 Current Events: G, H, I, J
Thu 3/30 Abnormals & Emergencies
Tue 4/4 Abnormals & Emergencies
Thu 4/6 TEDD Group Project Work
Tue 4/11 Abnormals & Emergencies
Thu 4/13 Flex Day (Weather or Illness)
Tue 4/18 Faculty at Conference
TEDD Project Work
Thu 4/20 Faculty at Conference
TEDD Project Work
Tue 4/25 TEDD Projects - Groups A & B
Thu 4/27 TEDD Projects - Groups C & D
Tue 5/2 TEDD Projects - Group E & F
Thu 5/4 Final Exam Review
Tue 5/9 No Class
Thu 5/11 Final Exam 3:15pm


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The section below contains examples of course policies you may wish to include in your course such as late work, class participation, netiquette, technology statements, etc.  You may fully edit this section to add and/or remove polices as they pertain to your course.

Assignment Policy

Due dates for each assignment or activity will be posted in Blackboard, the Course Syllabus/Schedule, and/or communicated via UND email.


It is expected that students will complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. For reasons beyond a student’s control, and upon request by the student or on behalf of the student, an incomplete grade may be assigned by the instructor when there is reasonable certainty the student will successfully complete the course without retaking it. The mark “I,” Incomplete, will be assigned only to the student who has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work up to a time within four weeks of the close of the semester, including the examination period, and whose work is incomplete for reasons satisfactory to his or her instructor. More information regarding UND’s Incomplete policy can be found on The Grading System webpage.

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Should a problem occur, you should speak to your instructor first. If the problem continues to be unresolved, go to the department chair, and next to the college dean. Should the problem persist, you have the right to go to the provost next, and then to the president.


When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Netiquette is a set of rules for behaving properly online. Here are a few basic points to remember when communicating in this course:

Be scholarly. Use proper language, grammar, and spelling. Explain your thoughts, justify opinions, and credit the ideas of others by citing scholarly resources. Avoid misinforming others when you are unsure of the answer.  When discussing something and supplying a guess, clearly state that.

Be respectful. Respect the privacy of others. Do not share personal or professional information about others unless permission has been granted. Respect diversity and opinions that differ from their own. Be tactful when you communicate.

Be professional. Everyone should strive to give their best impression online. Truthfulness, accuracy, and running a final spell check are appropriate expectations for university students. Writing in a legible font and limiting the use of emoticons is considered professional behavior. Profanity and participation in hostile interactions, known as flaming, is unprofessional as well as disruptive.

Be polite. Students should address professors and instructors by the appropriate title or requested name. Students should interact online politely, just as they would be expected to do in a physical environment. Sarcasm, rudeness, and writing in all capital letters (shouting) should be avoided.


Everyone has the right to be addressed by the name and personal pronouns that correspond to their gender identity, including non-binary pronouns. I recognize that preferred names and pronouns may change during the quarter, if at any point during the quarter you would like to be addressed differently, please let me know.

As part of our commitment to inclusion in this course, it is important that all students in this class respect the preferred names and pronouns of their peers. Mistakes in addressing one another may happen. If you make a mistake or are corrected, please briefly apologize and correct yourself.

Technology Statement

In this class we will have a technology policy that is designed to support your attention to one another and to the course material.  We will spend the majority of our time engaged in activities that depend upon you being present and attentive to one another, and course content we will study. We are all challenged these days by the ways in which our digital devices—including laptops, tablets, phones, and watches—can steal our attention away from our immediate surroundings. Technology should be used for educational purposes only during scheduled class times.

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Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.

As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.

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The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email UND.dss@UND.edu or by phone at 701.777.2664.


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UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701.777.2664 or UND.dss@UND.edu. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu.

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It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual misconduct or of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class that they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, you can find information about confidential support services on the Equal Opportunity & Title IX webpage..

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Additional Resources

It is my goal to foster an environment of mutual respect in which everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinions, sharing their stories, and learning about potentially heavy or personally relevant material. If, at any point, you feel like the information covered in this class elicits thoughts, feelings, or concerns that you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or the UND Counseling Center (701-777-2127).

Further, if you experience extenuating circumstances, sexual violence, identity-based harm, or any other personal crisis during the semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can provide academic assistance and help you in this course, and put you in contact with the appropriate resources and services (if needed).