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AVN2101 Airport Operations and Management

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Airport Operations & M'ment
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: Paul Lee

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


Aviation industry is operating within a rapidly changing environment and airports are no exceptions to this. Airports have to continually adapt to market changes, technological advancement and privatisation. The course offers an in-depth approach to airports and their management and operations at tactical and strategical level. The course extends the knowledge from these courses in that it specifically begins the journey from a broad and shallow understanding of the aviation industry to a much more focused investigation of the various non-flying components. Although there is no formal prerequisite requirement, this course assumes prior knowledge from AVN1101 (Introduction to Aviation) and AVN1105 (Introduction to Aviation Business).


In this course students study major airports and the environments in which they operate. This will include day-to-day operations and management of the airport as a business, safety management, emergency management, landside, terminal and airside operations and management. These topics are covered using case studies and scenario-based exercises. Students will also engage the nexus between overall airport management and the regulatory system that governs the relationship between airport managers and government agencies such as civil aviation authorities, customs and border protection and policing agencies.


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

  1. demonstrate an overall knowledge of airports, their management and operations and the issues that airports deal with on a regular basis
  2. integrate theoretical and technical knowledge of airport operations and management at a competent level by developing an understanding of the various conceptual models of airports and their management and operations
  3. critically apply theoretical and technical airport management and operational knowledge and skills to solve routine problems at a competent level
  4. demonstrate the ability to solve airport operational/management/safety/emergency problems through case studies and or scenario-based exercises
  5. apply at an individual and group level, industry requirements for non-technical skills and professional attitudes and ability.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Overview of airports 5.00
2. Landside operations and management (non-terminal) 10.00
3. Terminal operations and management 25.00
4. Airside operations and management 25.00
5. Safety management 10.00
6. Emergency management 15.00
7. Regulatory and government agencies. 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 34.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 92.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE QUIZ 10 10 28 Mar 2019
EXAMINATION 50 50 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. This is a closed 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:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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 items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a closed examination. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination.

  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. 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