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AVN5105 Introduction to Aviation Research

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 4
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Tarryn Kille


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.

Course learning outcomes

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

Bell, J & Waters, S 2018, Doing your research project, 7th edn, McGraw-Hill Education, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%)
Date printed 30 June 2022