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AVN8101 Managing Operations in Aviation

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Managing Ops in Aviation
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 4
ASCED code : 080399 - Business Mgt not classified
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Tarryn Kille


Airline, airport and other aviation operations are complex socio-technical systems which require specialised knowledge in a range of operational areas. These operational units are highly interdependent and rely on their effectiveness to maintain both efficiency and safety across the operation. It is therefore important to provide students with in-depth knowledge of operations across the aviation system which will enable them to be effective participants and leaders in their chosen aviation specialisation.


This course provides aviation practitioners with the opportunity to explore a diverse range of operations specialisations within the aviation system and their own professional environment, from the perspective of their current and anticipated role(s). Participants will reflect on the various operational components of the industry and apply this reflective knowledge in a manner that will elucidate high level managerial expertise.


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

  1. explore in depth the nature of aviation operations as a complex socio-technical system, including the regulatory environment they operate within;
  2. critically appraise typical airline structures across a wide variety of airline sizes and complexities;
  3. describe the various operational functions within a large airline flight operations centre;
  4. assess the functional differences between different facets of airline engineering and maintenance support operations;
  5. compare the nature and function of different elements within an airline’s ground support system;
  6. communicate in writing the relevant common elements of functional operations units across a range of non-airline operations, within the aviation system.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to aviation operations 20.00
2. Aviation regulatory systems 10.00
3. Airline structures and management functions 15.00
4. Flight operations 15.00
5. Engineering and ground support operations 15.00
6. Airport operations 15.00
7. General aviation and air training operations 10.00

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 60.00
Directed Study 75.00
Private Study 30.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 22 Apr 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 60 04 Jun 2021

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

Date printed 18 June 2021