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AVN3102 Safety Management Systems

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Safety Management Systems
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


Pre-requisite: AVN1106


The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the world governing body for aviation, has mandated that each member country implement rules which require all airlines, airports and other aviation bodies within their jurisdiction, have in place fully integrated safety management systems (SMS). An SMS is a multi-faceted series of initiatives which use data to proactively and reactively manage and promote safety within an organisation. The importance of managing for safety has been re-emphasised in recent years by the ICAO recommendation for aviation operators to implement a Safety Management System (SMS) based on the published ICAO SMS framework. This course investigates further subject matter that was introduced in AVN1106 (Aviation Safety Systems).


The course facilitates an understanding of the elements of safety management systems as essential aspects in the management of safety and risk within commercial aviation. Having an understanding of the components, processes, principles and management of safety management systems is essential for any manager or supervisor within the aviation system, and useful for all other personnel across the entire organisational spectrum. The course will review safety concepts and safety management principles as well as examine the key elements of a safety management system and the associated systems, processes and procedures used in achieving high safety standards in aviation organisations. There will be a strong emphasis on the importance of data driven systems and sound risk management principles.


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

  1. identify safety management concepts and associated safety management processes
  2. compare methods used for managing risk within an aviation environment
  3. relate linkages between safety management systems and data gathering processes such as FOQA/FDM, incident reporting, HFACS and LOSA
  4. identify the proactive and reactive processes which drive safety management within an airline safety management system
  5. demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the underpinnings of organisational and safety culture
  6. describe internal and external auditing processes within an airline environment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Safety management concepts and processes within an airline environment 20.00
2. Concepts of risk and risk management in an SMS 15.00
3. HFACS and data gathering systems: FOQA, FDM, LOSA and incident/accident data 20.00
4. Proactive and reactive approaches to safety 15.00
5. Using SMS data to drive human factors training 10.00
6. Organisational culture in Aviation 10.00
7. Auditing processes and safety evaluation. 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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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 40.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 86.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 25 04 Apr 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 25 24 May 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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 obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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 a closed 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