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AVN5105 Introduction to Aviation Research

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Intro to Aviation Research
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 complex socio-technical system which relies on the management of
its intricate interactive components and the mitigation of risk to preserve safety. The diverse
and complex nature of the industry, its unique challenges, and its practitioner focused
orientation, lends itself to significant opportunity for research, particularly in the area of the
human and human-technical components of the aviation system. This course provides
students with an overview of a wide range of well-established quantitative, qualitative and
mixed research methods.


The course aims to provide students with the abilities to enable them to conduct research in the aviation domain. It provides an introduction to research methodologies, research proposals, and the fundamentals of conducting a research project, which will enable them to conduct research in later academic courses and within the aviation industry. An emphasis is placed on the evaluation and implementation of quality research design and methods.


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

  1. Apply the principles of social science research to develop and write a research proposal
  2. Describe the principal steps in designing and completing a social sciences research
    project, including ethics approvals
  3. Evaluate the principle differences between qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods
  4. Select appropriate experimental methodologies for different types of research studies
  5. Develop and critically reflect on a range of professional and/or theoretical and ethical
    research skills during an applied literature review task
  6. Communicate an applied research project with colleagues in writing, via presentation or


Description Weighting(%)
1. Identifying research problems and appropriate frameworks of inquiry in the social science domain 10.00
2. Research proposals, research questions, hypotheses, literature reviews and ethics 10.00
3. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research designs 20.00
4. Designing research to address the research problem 10.00
5. Conducting ethical research projects 20.00
6. Critical appraisal and analysis skills in academic writing 30.00

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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Bell, J & Waters, S 2014, Doing your research project, 6th edn, McGraw-Hill Education, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.

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
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 21 Apr 2019
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 2 60 60 26 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 for that item.

  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 items for 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 must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students 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. This guide can be found at