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AVN1103 International Aviation

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: International Aviation
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Commerce
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 080399 - Business Mgt not classified
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Paul Lee

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


Professionals in the aviation industry require a sound knowledge of the international aviation framework. The aviation industry contributes to our globalised world and the very nature of aviation requires it to be inter-connected. Aviation standards transcend international boundaries and this course provides an introduction to the global aviation environment. This course will introduce students to the structure of international and national aviation regulation; including the formation and role of the leading international aviation bodies including the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the various national aviation statutory bodies.


This course explores the roles and functions of ICAO, together with its interactions with national aviation safety regulators as well as other international bodies such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The role of major regional and state regulators such as the Federal aviation Administration (FAA), the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA), Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) and the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will be explored. Students will also be introduced to the concepts of mutual recognition through bilateral and multilateral agreements as well as the various safety initiatives such as the Global Aviation Safety Plan, the Universal Safety Oversight Program, and the IATA Operational Safety Audit.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the various organisations, regulatory agencies and groups that form the international aviation framework
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the major role of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) the ‘Chicago’ Convention, and its annexes
  3. critically assess the role that various international agencies and organisations play in determining industry wide standards and procedures
  4. compare the role of national aviation agencies and the part they play in modelling, providing guidance, overseeing and controlling the industry
  5. critically analyse contemporary issues facing the industry including social benefits, social responsibility, oversight of foreign operators and airport management
  6. demonstrate knowledge of regional aviation, airline commercial relationships, carriage of dangerous goods, aviation security and environmental issues, airline structures, alliances and codeshare agreements
  7. demonstrate knowledge on the aviation safety improvements being put in place by the various global bodies and national bodies including the investigation of major accidents and incidents.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Course introduction and topic overview (including history, contemporary industry, economic and social benefits, and global safety) 5.00
2. National aviation structure and ICAO (history, ‘Chicago’ Convention, and organisation) 10.00
3. ICAO: The Chicago Convention; annexes; and aviation safety 10.00
4. IATA: history, the contemporary organisation, and industry activities 10.00
5. Industry safety oversight: operations inspection, certification, and continued surveillance; and surveillance of foreign operators 10.00
6. The supranational regulators: FAA; EASA; and regional safety oversight organisations 10.00
7. Industry deregulation: US, European and Australian experiences 5.00
8. International commercial approvals 10.00
9. Airline industry business approaches and family assistance 10.00
10. Industry trend forecasts 10.00
11. Security and dangerous goods 5.00
12. Regional aviation and the environment. 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 15.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 111.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE QUIZ 1 10 10 28 Mar 2019
ONLINE QUIZ 2 10 10 02 May 2019
ASSIGNMENT 40 40 16 May 2019
EXAMINATION 100 40 End S1 (see Examination notes below)

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
EXAM PART A - MULTIPLE CHOICE 40 20 (see exam note 1)

Exam Notes
  1. This is a closed examination. The total working time for the exam (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a closed examination. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments:
    APA is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at