Course Title: Engineering Sustainability in Aviation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Sustainability in Aviation

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

AERO2461

City Campus

Postgraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

AERO2461

City Campus

Postgraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Matthew Marino

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4455

Course Coordinator Email: matthew.marino@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

The aviation industry is growing rapidly in the global economy with the emergence of new Low Cost Carriers and the increasing strength of major airlines growing their fleets to meet the current demands of travel. This has implications on the environment and climate change. The future of the aviation industry depends on policy makers being able to make this growth sustainable and address the issues of climate change and other environmental impacts of the aviation industry. The aviation and the aerospace industry have taken positive steps towards minimising the effects of environmental impact. This course discusses the current steps being taken to address environmental issues in the aviation and the aerospace industry, the technological advancements being made towards a sustainable future and the effect of policies like a carbon tax on industry.

This course also aims to teach important skills that will enable you to operate effectively as a professional within the aviation work environment both nationally and internationally. All professionals are technically competent in a particular specialist area; however, technical skills are only part of the range of skills that aviation professionals use every day. They are also required to work in teams to solve complex problems and communicate their solutions effectively.  This course emphasises analytical, communication and team-working skills necessary for a successful accomplishment of aviation/aerospace projects in industrial, scientific and regulatory organisations.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

This course contributes to the following Program Learning  Outcomes

1 Needs, Context and Systems

  • Exposit legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders

Problem Solving and Design

  • Anticipate the consequences of intended action or inaction and understand how the consequences are managed collectively by your organisation, project or team

Analysis

  • Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences.

Professional Practice

  • Initiate, plan, lead or manage engineering activities
  • Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and comprehension, based on dialogue when appropriate, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology

Research

  • Demonstrate professional use and management of information.


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Collect and elaborate information relevant to the aerospace and aviation community with focus on engineering sustainability aspects.
  2. Conduct detailed analysis and surveys to assess technology trends and identify potential solutions to key contemporary issues in aviation/aerospace.
  3. Communicate effectively and confidently (both orally and in writing) with the aerospace and aviation industries, national/international organisations (e.g., scientific, technical and regulatory) and also with other communities at large.
  4. Examine, identify and formulate problem statement, assessment and solutions.
  5. Outline a systems approach appropriate to aerospace and aviation industries operational practices.
  6. Synthesise information from various resources to identify solutions to problems within the aerospace and aviation community.
  7. Develop knowledge, methodologies and principles to various tasks within aerospace and aviation industries operational practices.


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 the course. 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.

Prescribed Textbooks

  • M. Janić, The Sustainability of Air Transportation: A Quantitative Analysis and Assessment, Ashgate, 2007.
  • L. Budd, S. Griggs, and D. Howarth, Sustainable Aviation Futures, Emerald, 2013.

Additional Texts

  • P. Upham, J. Maughan, D. Raper, and C. Thomas, Towards Sustainable Aviation, Earthscan, 2003.
  • M. Janić, Greening Airports: Advanced Technology and Operations, Springer, 2011.


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 tasks

Assessment Task 1: Individual Assignment 1
Weighting: 15% 
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1 - 3

Assessment Task 2: Individual Assignment 2
Weighting: 15% 
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1 - 6

Assessment Task 3: Intermediate Classroom Questionnaire
Weighting: 20% 
This assessment task supports CLOs: 4-7

Assessment Task 4: Group Presentation
Weighting: 25% 
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1 - 7

Assessment Task 5: Final Classroom Questionnaire
Weighting: 25% 
This assessment task supports CLOs: 4 - 7