Course Title: Airport Environments

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Airport Environments

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

Course Coordinator: Margaret Tein

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99256150

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.3.26

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This is a specialism course for the AIMM, and has no prerequisite courses. Assumed knowledge and capabilities are commensurate with entry into the AIMM, as well as either AERO 2304 or AERO 2305 as pre- or co-requisites.

Course Description

Course Description

An advanced study of the organisational, political, and financial administration of public and private civil use airports. Areas of emphasis include: public relations management, safety and security issues, employee organisational structures, financial and accounting strategies, revenue and expense sources, economic impacts of airport operations, airport performance measurement standards, and current trends and issues of direct concern to airport administrators

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Overall Integrative Capability of an Aviation Management Graduate – Post Graduate:
Post graduate Aviation Management Programs aim to graduate practitioners with responsible and professional work practices, proactive problem identification skills, innovative problem solving abilities and empowering communication within a global context and perspective

Capability Descriptor/dimension

Personal Development

Post graduate Aviation Management Programs aim to graduate practitioners with responsible and professional work practices, proactive problem identification skills, innovative problem solving abilities and empowering communication within a global context and perspective
Awareness of and commitment to one’s own set 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.


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.
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.
Perform a range of analytical tasks as appropriate to the specialization within the industry.
Design and conduct diagnostic activities within the specific industry discipline.

Teamwork and Leadership

Operate effectively within a complex organisational setting.
Manage multiple hierarchical relationships.
Work effectively within a team.
Exhibit appropriate and effective professional behaviours in the team environment.
Provide constructive feedback to colleagues.
Resolve conflict within the team.
Work with members of other disciplines in a team with conflicting needs.


Communicate effectively - that is to listen, observe, speak, and write.
Communicate results and outcomes qualitatively, quantitatively, graphically, electronically and textually to subordinates, colleagues and senior management.
Communicate processes of thinking and reflection to subordinates, colleagues and senior management.

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

On completion of this course, you will have a knowledge and understanding of how to:

Apply the relevant policies and regulations specified by the Federal Aviation Administration as it relates to airport operations,
Explain and apply the strategies employed by airport management in their interactions with the airline industry.
Use the various financial strategies employed by airport management,
Explain the concept of airport privatization and its effects on airport management policies and administration,
Measure the performance of an airport using a variety of performance measurement methodologies,
Discuss environmental issues specific to airports and strategies used to address such issues,
Apply various marketing methodologies used by airport
Enhance the relationship between airport management and the community the airport serves.

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

In addition to the readings included with the Student Learning Package, the lecturer will specify further readings.

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 organizational problem or issue.

Assessment Tasks:

There will be three pieces of assessment:

Assignment #1 - Application paper related to a case study (3,000 words) - weighting specified in Course Guide

Assignment #2 - Feasibility Report on proposed changes to airport operations (5,000 words) - weighting specified in Course Guide

15 minute Oral Presentation of learnings comprising a reflective component about a change activity at a local airport. - weighting specified in Course Guide