Course Title: Project Management for Aviation Operations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Project Management for Aviation Operations

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence

Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2009

Course Coordinator: Graham Matthews

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8068

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.3.30

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will lead you to acquire skills and knowledge in management of aviation associated projects milestones, including resourcing, tracking and reporting of progress and outcomes. Furthermore, you will be exposed to strategies to achieve stakeholder engagement and management culminating in skills which demonstrate sustainable improvement processes and financial accountability.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Dimension of Capability                                       Descriptor
Personal Development                                         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. 
                                                                                   Awareness of and respect for divergent views.

Sustainability                                                           Balance of the technical, economic, environmental and social demands of different cultural and national situations.
                                                                                    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 competance                                        Conceptualise, plan, design and manage the interface between human and technical systems taking into consideration variations in local technical adoption rates.
                                                                                  Participate in the design and conduct of diagnostic activities within the specific industry discipline and cultural context. 
                                                                                  Discuss the performance of a range of analytical tasks as appropriate to the specialisation within the industry.

Teamwork and Leadership                                Operate effectively within a complex organisational setting.
                                                                                 Work effectively within a multicultural team.
                                                                                 Work with members of other disciplines in a team with conflicting needs.

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. 
                                                                                 Communicate processes of thinking and reflection.

On completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Manage human, technical and financial resources to establish, lead and complete projects in an Aircraft Maintenance environment.
  • identify and address the processes and actions required to overcome problems which may arise, and evaluate outcomes against project brief and parameters.
  • plan projects and schedule developments including the preparation of contingency provisions agreeable to the stakeholders, in a manner which ensures sustainability of predictable outcomes.

This course will also develop critical personal and professional capabilities required of an Aviation professional such as high level communication skills, ethical practice, focus on sustainable practice in competent problem solving in a team context. This is integrated as part of the action research methodology used in this course.

Overview of Learning Activities

As the course is offered in Distance/correspondence mode all material is available through th DLS in self paced learning mode.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course notes and support materials available on DLS

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 Project Management Plan Part A (Individual Submission) of 3000 words minimum.  Value 40% of available marks.

Assignment 2 Project Management Plan Part B of 4000 words maximum Value 60% of available marks.