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AVN8104 Aviation Research Project (Part A)

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Avn Research Project (Part A)
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
Version produced : 21 July 2021


Examiner: Tarryn Kille


Pre-requisite: AVN5105

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


Postgraduate students working in the aviation sector need to be able to conduct effective
research across a wide variety of subject areas. They must be able to conduct ethical,
effective and rigorous research which fills gaps in current knowledge on a given topic. To
achieve this, students will need effective research skills which enable them to review existing
knowledge on a topic, to identify gaps in that knowledge, and to develop studies which
increase the topic knowledge where those gaps are identified. The project (comprising
AVN8104 Aviation Research Project (part A), immediately followed by AVN8105 Aviation
Research Project (part B) is intended to integrate, augment and synthesise the knowledge
and skills, developed in earlier courses of the program, into an approved research topic
focused on key aspects in the aviation industry.


This course (being the first half of the project) provides students with a significant opportunity for research on an aviation topic, usually related to their work environment, to apply and/or extend knowledge developed in their program of study. Students are assisted by one or more supervisors with an appropriate background in the area of endeavour. The course requires students to nominate a substantial project, to conduct a review of the literature associated with the project and to develop a comprehensive research proposal that includes appropriate research methodology and methods. The course will operate on the basis of frequent individual consultation and feedback between the student and supervisor(s).


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

  1. identify suitable research topics;
  2. find and critically review the quality and value of information from published literature
    and other contextual sources;
  3. identify and critically discuss the potential ethical issues relevant to the chosen
  4. evaluate the effectiveness and rigour of different methodologies and choose an
    appropriate research methodology for a study which would enhance the literature in
    their chosen aviation subject area;
  5. develop a comprehensive research proposal.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Individual research topics and a research proposal will be developed by each student in consultation with the course examiner at the beginning of the semester 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Creswell, J.W 2018, Research design: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches and methods in social research, 5th edn, SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, California.

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
Directed Study 30.00
Private Study 135.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes

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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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

Date printed 21 July 2021