Course Title: Airport Planning and Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Airport Planning and Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2009


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
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


Singapore Inst of Management


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Offsh1 16

Course Coordinator: Dr George Jiang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99254551

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

AERO2377 Introduction to Aviation or equivalent.

Course Description

The aim of this course is to provide rich information that allows you to gain knowledge of the various facets of airport planning and management. The aim is for you to understand the ‘how and why’ of airports, and the role of the airport managers in the management activities, economics, financing and operating of medium, large, or hub airports.

Short case studies and practical exercises oriented to the airport industry will be used to demonstrate particular features. Topics and assignments will also serve to enhance and test the depth of understanding airport planning and management.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Science (Aviation):


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.


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. Analyse the typical operations of airports from a management perspective
  2. Identify the economic, political and social role of airports
  3. Discuss the benefits and risks of airport privatisation
  4. Identify and discuss the impact of airport marketing
  5. Design and evaluate airport master planning
  6. Evaluate airport performance, efficiency, capacity, and delay

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn this course through lectures, directed reading, class room discussion, and investigative research. The learning process is reinforced through problem-based learning using case studies.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on “myRMITStudies”. These will include course notes, and other learning materials generated by the course lecturer(s), references, and approved links to useful material on external web-sites.

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 item:  Assignment 1 (individual)

Weighting of final grade:  25%     
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3
Description:  A topic in Airport Management will be given. Student must summarize key issues of that topic in their own words and critically comment on the theoretical aspects of the topic.

  • Assessment item:  Assignment 2 (group)

Weighting of final grade:  30%     
Related course learning outcomes:  4, 5
Description:  Group analytic report on a topic related to airport planning and management.

  • Assessment item:  Assignment 3 (group oral presentation)

Weighting of final grade:  10%
Related course learning outcomes:  4, 5
Description:  This presentation aims to offer an opportunity for students to practice speaking skill in airport planning and management.

  • Assessment item:  Final exam

Weighting of final grade:  35%
Related course learning outcomes:  1,2,3,4,5,6
Description:  2-hour final written examination will consist of questions related to this subject.  It will reflect material in the prescribed readings, and in the work done for class discussions and assignments.