Course Title: Aviation Systems Analysis for Maintenance

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aviation Systems Analysis for Maintenance

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010


Air Transport Training College


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence

Offsh 1 09

Course Coordinator: Graham Matthews

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99258068

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 24.3.30

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides an overview of the fleet planning and fleet management activities undertaken within an airline. The course is intended to provide students with an understanding of individual areas of responsibility and individual areas for consideration when airlines set out to improve fleet management, plan for additional fleet numbers and plan for replacement or new airplanes.

The course will contain references to reading material, reference cases and some material drawn from airline manufacturers and airlines themselves. The course will also challenge you to assess airline fleet acquisition decisions and to develop your skills from learnings about the detailed range of research, evaluation and planning undertaken in executing business critical fleet planning and fleet acquisition programs within airlines.

This course will also aim to provide key financial knowledge and economic insight along with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective fleet utilisation programs designed to ensure optimum return on investment (ROI) derived from owned or leased fleet assets operating within airline infrastructures.

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, you will have knowledge and understanding of :

  • how to analyse an airline organisation’s strategic plan
  • the reasoning and the administration of audit processes to determine current and future utilisation strategies for an existing fleet
  • how to evaluate an airline organisation’s airplane replacement options and the related resource, process and financial implications.

Overview of Learning Activities

As the course is delivered off campus all material is delivered electronically and is completed in a self paced learning environment.

Overview of Learning Resources

Materials are available on line through the 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 Individual Analytic Report of 5,000 words maximum. Worth 50 % of available marks 

Assignment 2 Individual Analytic Report or 5,000 words maximum. Worth 50 % of available marks.