Course Title: Implement and Manage Airport Security

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Implement and Manage Airport Security

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006


China Airlines Ltd


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Offsh 3 07


Air Transport Training College


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence

Offsh 3 07,
Offsh 2 08,
Offsh 3 08

Course Coordinator: Graham Matthews

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99258019

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.3.30

Course Coordinator Availability: Please contact by email to arrange appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The purpose of this course is to familiarise participants with international and national strategic and operational security regulations, policies and practices as they relate to airport security. Participants will also examine international and national security regulations, and security operations within Australia. They will identify and consider security issues relevant to Australia’s aviation environment, and develop an understanding of the security threats facing the industry. Participants will be able to develop a sound understanding of airport security regulatory requirements, considerations and operations both internationally and nationally.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Dimension of Capability                                                          Descriptor
Personal Development                                                            Awareness of, commitment to, and respect for one’s own and others’ sets of values.
                                                                                                      Observance of professional ethics.
                                                                                                      Taking responsibility and participating in one’s own career planning and development. 
                                                                                                      Acting as a Reflective Practitioner leading to a personal continuous improvement process.
                                                                                                      Engagement in and commitment to career-long learning.
                                                                                                      Taking responsibility for understanding cultural differences.
                                                                                                      Awareness of and respect for divergent views.

Sustainability                                                                              Balance of the technical, economic, environmental and social demands of an industry-based situation.
                                                                                                      Protection of safety, health and welfare.

Problem solving and decision making                                 Model organizational problems using a systems framework, recognising the impact on sub- and                 

                                                                                                      related systems within different cultural contexts.
                                                                                                      Use of a wide range of problem solving tools and techniques.
                                                                                                      Selectivity in the choice of data to be used to support decision-making.
                                                                                                      Access to information from a wide range of sources, discerning values, bias and usability.

Technical Competence                                                           Conceptualise, plan, design and manage the interface between human and technical systems taking into     

                                                                                                      consideration variations in local technical adoption rates.
                                                                                                      Perform a range of analytical tasks as appropriate to the specialization within the industry.
                                                                                                      Participate in the design and conduct of diagnostic activities within the specific industry discipline and cultural        


Teamwork and Leadership                                                    Operate effectively within a complex organisational setting.
                                                                                                     Manage multiple hierarchical relationships.
                                                                                                     Work with members of other disciplines in a team with conflicting needs.
                                                                                                     Exhibit appropriate and effective professional behaviours in the multicultural team environment.
                                                                                                     Communicate effectively and collaboratively within a complex organisational setting.

Communication                                                                        Professionally communicate the conceptualisation, planning, design and management of the interface

                                                                                                     between human and technical systems taking into consideration variations in personal technical adoption rates.
                                                                                                     Communicate effectively - that is to listen, observe, speak, and write.
                                                                                                     Communicate results and outcomes qualitatively, quantitatively, graphically, electronically and textually.

On completion of this course, participants will:

  • Be able to describe the key international and national regulatory requirements for aviation security, utilising the appropriate terms and concepts.
  • Understand the operational considerations for airport security.
  • Identify and examine likely threats and treatments to aviation security within Australia.
  • Identify and consider the functional elements and factors relating to security.
  • Have developed skills in analysing regulatory requirements and security procedures.
  • Have identifying methods and processes for managing security within an aviation organisation.
  • Airport security management.
  • Managing risk and threats to airports and airfields.
  • The role airport operations play in airport security.
  • Technology, its role and functions in airport security.
  • Have developed their skills in written communication, group interaction, objective setting, analysis, research, interviewing and library use.

Overview of Learning Activities

The focal strategy utilised in the whole course is the Management Learning Team (MLT). This group represents a project team whose members carry a dual responsibility. Firstly, MLT members carry a responsibility to the team for the learning and development of each member, and secondly, a responsibility for their own personal learning.

MLT’s are encouraged to explore the resources of the team for problem solving and addressing issues prior to seeking the guidance or assistance of an academic staff member.

The specific learning activities include:

On-call Consultation
Directed Research
Self-directed Learning

Overview of Learning Resources

Recommended References:


To be advised at first class.

Overview of Assessment

Work Integrated Learning:

This course complies with the University’s WIL policy in that the courseware and assessment tasks were designed and developed by an industry practitioner to demonstrate current best practice. Furthermore all teaching and assessment is carried out by an industry practitioner teaching part time for the Program. Assessment tasks are focused on linking and applying theory studied to a real organisational problem or issue.

Assessment Tasks:

Assignment 1 – Raising Security Awareness - 15% weighting – 1,500 to 2,000 words 
Assignment 2 – The Role of the Airport Security Manager - 35% weighting  – 2,000 to3,000 words 
Assignment 3 – Security Management Planning - 50% weighting – 3,000 to 4,000 words