Course Title: Airport Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Airport Design

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr David Lyon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8349

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.03.33

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

AERO2382 Airport Planning and Management.
AERO2383 Airport/Airline Operations

Course Description

This course provides you with an understanding of the principles and practices relating to airport design and operations.
The course introduces you to airport design, airport business models (including airport economics and financial management), airport site selection and runway system orientation, geometric design of the airport/air field, taxiways, apron areas, airport classification codes, structural design of airport pavements, airport lighting, marking and signage and airport design, airport master planning, aircraft ground handling, and airport security.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following program learning outcomes:

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.

Problem-solving and design:
• Apply problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to develop components, systems and/ or processes to meet specified requirements, including innovative approaches to synthesise alternative solutions, concepts and procedures.

Abstraction and modelling:
• Apply abstraction, mathematics and discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation, using appropriate computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices, ensuring model applicability, accuracy and limitations.

Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

a) Demonstrate broad appreciation of airport design and operations by being able to perform relevant tasks, such as:
• Describe the importance of air traffic separation rules on airport design and operations, and the role of visual and radio aids for navigation in the airport precinct and their implications on airport design.
• Explain the various phases of the airport master planning process
• Demonstrate an appropriate understanding of airport apron design.
• Describe the importance of airside lighting, marking and signage requirements for airport design.
• Discuss the importance and impact of airport financial management.

b) Demonstrate your analytical skills relevant to airport design and operations by being able to perform relevant tasks, such as:
• Critically analyse and discuss the factors considered by airports when selecting the site for a new airport.
• Critically analyse technical characteristics of airport runways and their impact on aircraft operations.
• Evaluate the impact of aircraft noise and emissions for airport operations and design
• Evaluate airport taxiway configurations.
• Evaluate airport terminal requirements

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 “myRMIT Studies”. 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

The assessment of this course may include the following:
• Assignment(s)
• Project(s)
• Oral presentation(s)
• Written examination(s)