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AVN5101 Aviation Management

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Aviation Management
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: Tarryn Kille

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


The aviation industry is a highly dynamic, global and complex socio-technical system. Individuals intending to enter a supervisory or management role within the aviation industry need to have a broad understanding of the aviation system in general, including international bodies, regulatory agencies, and the complex facets of individual airlines, airports and other ancillary agencies. Within each of these organisations, outcomes and standards are managed by supervisors with an advanced level of systemic knowledge, analytical problem solving skills, communication skills and decision making skills. They also need to be effective leaders and to have in depth knowledge of organisational behavioural processes such as change management and management of organisational culture. This course aims to address management skills and knowledge which is specifically aviation focused.


Students will be introduced to contemporary aviation systems with an emphasis on macro-economics in a global market. They will develop a broad understanding of the aviation system in general, including international bodies, regulatory agencies, and the complex facets of individual airlines, airports and other ancillary agencies. Individuals will also develop analytical problem solving, communication and decision making skills. They will learn the skills of effective leaders and gain in depth knowledge of organisational behavioural processes such as change management and management of organisational culture. Individual and group assignments are used to achieve these aims.


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

  1. apply advanced knowledge of the global aviation industry with depth in the underlying principles and concepts which determine airline policies and success
  2. explain and explore contemporary airline, airport and structures, processes and other aviation systems
  3. develop an in-depth knowledge of human resource management systems and practices for managing and motivating employees
  4. explain the principles and practices used in managing teams in aviation
  5. apply high level written and interpersonal communication skills appropriate to managerial positions within an aviation context
  6. critically apply the principles of effective leadership, planning and problem solving in aviation.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to global aviation systems and macroeconomics in a global aviation market 15.00
2. Contemporary airline economics 15.00
3. Human resource management, culture and management in aviation organisations 15.00
4. Decision making under uncertainty 10.00
5. Group dynamics and building high performance teams in aviation 10.00
6. Communication, critical thinking, and judgement in aviation operations 15.00
7. Effective leadership, planning and problem solving in aviation. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Wald, A, Fay, C & Gleich, R 2015, Introduction to aviation management, 3rd revised edn, Lit Verlag, Berlin, Germany.

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 60.00
Directed Study 75.00
Private Study 30.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 20 20 23 Aug 2019
PEER COLLABORATION 20 20 13 Sep 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 35 35 11 Oct 2019
EXAMINATION 100 25 End S2 (see Examination notes below)

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
EXAMINATION PART B 40 10 (see exam note 1)

Exam Notes
  1. This is a restricted examination. The total working time for the examination 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:
    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 restricted examination. Candidates are allowed to bring the following into the examination room:
    1. writing and drawing instruments into the examination
    2. English Language dictionary.

  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. 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