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AVN3106 Emergency Response Planning

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Emergency Response Planning
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


In high risk industries such as aviation, it is essential that professionals understand the concepts of emergency response planning. Emergency events do not always require the same level of response, and are dictated by the severity of the event and its effect. However, the destruction of property, dislocation of communities, personal injury and loss of life associated with accidents and emergencies cannot be overstated and effective emergency response and planning is key to mitigating the effects of such events. The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) recommends that all air carriers have emergency response plans to deal with emergencies. Students will explore the theory and practice of emergency response planning in various aviation contexts.


This course develops the concepts, principles and essential skills to take on a leadership role in an airline emergency response situation. Topics covered will include effective emergency response planning, regulatory compliance and accountability, the development of effective teams, and the importance of command and control. Students will design, implement and optimise an appropriate Emergency Response Plan (ERP) in line with internationally recognised industry best practice and regulatory requirements.


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

  1. plan, develop and execute an emergency plan, plus coordinate the parties and processes involved
  2. advocate for the role and responsibilities of the emergency planning specialist within an airline
  3. follow International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and State regulations
  4. train airline staff for an emergency response or other crisis situation
  5. identify and outline areas for improvement in an emergency response situation.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Emergency response organization & emergency response network 10.00
2. Developing an emergency response plan 20.00
3. Airline responsibilities and compliance (SMS, FAP, IOSA, ERPTF) 15.00
4. Alarm and mobilization 15.00
5. Go - team and special assistance team basics / Humanitarian Response incl. Inquiry / Family Assistance Center 20.00
6. Command Centre, crisis communication & continuous improvement. 20.00

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 10.00
Group Work 40.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 76.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE QUIZ 10 10 15 Aug 2019
ONLINE ASSIGNMENT 20 20 30 Aug 2019
GROUP ASSIGNMENT 70 70 16 Oct 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 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:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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