Course Title: Aviation Quality Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aviation Quality Systems

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017


Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong


172H School of Engineering


Offsh1 17

Course Coordinator: Dr Nick Bardell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8066

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.3.34

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the principles underlying quality systems as they apply to the commercial/aviation industry, and explores quality techniques that have been developed over many years.

Quality is not only relevant to product characteristics; it is equally important in assessing customer satisfaction and systems performance – hence quality is fundamental to Aviation.

If quality cannot be maintained and assured then a safe and reliable air transportation system will not exist.  Perhaps more importantly, if quality cannot be maintained and assured then the effectiveness of any quality improvement efforts cannot be evaluated. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes (PLOs):

1. Needs, context and systems:
• Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs, establish priorities and the goals, constraints and uncertainties of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.), using systems thinking, while recognising ethical implications of professional practice.

2. Problem-solving and design:
• Demonstrating information skills and research methods. 

4. Coordination and communication:
• Communicate and coordinate proficiently by listening, speaking, reading and writing English for professional practice, working as an effective member or leader of diverse teams.
• Using basic tools and practices of formal project management


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply the principles of quality management to typical aviation industry scenarios;
  2. Relate relevant philosophies to quality management methods and techniques;
  3. Utilise common quality tools in a professional context; and
  4. Develop quality improvement strategies.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning process is facilitated by face-to-face lectures together with directed reading, investigative research, and assignments. Problem-based learning is reinforced by using case studies.

Overview of Learning Resources

All lecture Powerpoint slides, supporting documents, and model answers of exercises in the lectures are available from the RMIT Learning Management System.  Multimedia files related to the topics will also be uploaded to the respective weekly folders. 

There is no set text for this course. 


Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).


Assessment tasks


Early Assessment Task:  Quiz 1
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports: CLOs 1 & 2; PLOs 1 & 2.

Assessment Task 2:  Assignment 1 (individual essay)
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2; PLOs 1, 3, 4 & 5.

Assessment Task 3: Folio # 1 (individual analysis)
Weighting 20%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4; PLOs 2, 3, 4 & 5.

Assessment Task 4: University Exam
Weighting 45% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4; PLOs 1, 2 & 3.