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AVN5104 International Aviation Systems

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: International Aviation 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: 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. Within the industry there are multiple layers, from international regulatory agencies, right down to individual teams on the line, which all have differing levels of governance and influence on airline operations. The difference between regulatory agencies and advisory agencies is significant, in terms of compliance and the scope of their control span. Understanding the influence of these bodies on the aviation system is an inherent part of the aviation managers’ ability to integrate procedures, policies and regulations across their operations.


Students will be introduced to the framework supporting international aviation systems. They will develop a broad understanding of international aviation in general, including economic and social benefits of aviation, international organisations, national aviation agencies, foreign operations, deregulation, air service agreements, commercial arrangements, contemporary industry trends, security and environmental issues. They will learn the skills of effective managers by developing an appreciation of the impact of international aviation systems on aviation business.


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

  1. demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the relevant organisations and international agencies that shape the international aviation framework
  2. critically assess the role that various international agencies and organisations play in determining industry wide standards and procedures
  3. critically evaluate the role of national aviation agencies and the part they play in modelling, providing guidance, overseeing and controlling the industry
  4. analyse contemporary issues facing the industry including social benefits, social responsibility, oversight of foreign operators, airport management, regional aviation, airline commercial relationships, carriage of dangerous goods, aviation security and environmental issues
  5. communicate relevant ideas with colleagues in writing, via presentation or online
  6. explain the structure and functions of air accident investigation agencies, and their relationship with regulatory bodies.


Description Weighting(%)
1. An introduction to the significant international aviation bodies 20.00
2. International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO): Its history, structure, regional structure and regional air navigation plans; the Chicago Convention and annexes to the document; IATA: Their role, contributories and important functions, including IOSA 20.00
3. Regulators and the industry 20.00
4. Contemporary international aviation systems (e.g. air services agreements, environmental issues; alliances and codeshares 20.00
5. Air accident investigation agencies and their relationship with regulators and safety. 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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Bartsch, R 2018, International aviation law: a practical guide, 2nd edn, Routledge, New York.

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 20.00
Directed Study 39.00
Private Study 106.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PEER COLLABORATION 15 15 03 Mar 2019 (see note 1)
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 1 35 35 03 Mar 2019 (see note 2)
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 2 50 50 03 Mar 2019 (see note 3)

  1. Submission dates for the written assignments and peer collaboration to be advised.
  2. Submission dates for the written assignments and peer collaboration to be advised.
  3. Submission dates for the written assignments and peer collaboration to be advised.

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