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AVN8104 Aviation Research Project (Part A)

Semester 2, 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 : 2 July 2022


Examiner: Tarryn Kille


Pre-requisite: AVN5105


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).

Course learning outcomes

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

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

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

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) No 10 1
Assignments Written Planning document 1 No 40 1,2,3
Assignments Written Planning document 2 No 50 2,3,4,5
Date printed 2 July 2022