Course Title: Aircraft & Air Transportation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aircraft & Air Transportation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Matthew Marino

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4455

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will learn details of aircraft technology and air transportation essential to understand the current and future aviation and aerospace industry. This will include understanding the role, function and operation of aircraft, in addition to airports and commercial airlines.

Key areas of study:
• Aircraft: This aspect of the course covers aircraft anatomy, the atmosphere, aerodynamics, aircraft system, propulsion, structures, stability and control, high-speed flight, and performance. In addition, contemporary issues and emerging technologies are also discussed.
• Air Transportation: This aspect of the course gives an overview of the major players that comprise the global air transport system, the types of and major functions of airports, the principles of aviation policy, airline marketing and commercial economics, flight planning and flight dispatch, and air cargo management.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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
• Identify and assess risks (including OH&S) as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of industry activities

2. Problem Solving and Design
• Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to industry activities

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

4. Professional Practice
• 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 and language of the intended audience

5. Research
• Assess, acquire and apply the competencies and resources appropriate to industry activities

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Communicate at a technical level with aviation service providers and aerospace professionals and organisations about aircraft and their systems (including engines)
  2. Describe the effects the atmosphere has on aircraft operations and the implications for the air transportation industry
  3. Analyse the aerodynamic and associated performance characteristics for aircraft and infer the corresponding economic implications
  4. Assess the impact of contemporary challenges and practical aspects in air transportation, and consider the pros and cons of emerging technological responses
  5. With regards to the global aviation industry, develop an applied knowledge of the key international air laws and policies, and airline commercial operations and their impact on airline economics and finance
  6. Evaluate the various factors influencing the aviation industry, the types of and major functions of airports, the basic principles of aviation policy, airline commercial economics, flight planning and flight dispatch, and air cargo management

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include lectures, tutorials and assignments. A learning and planning guide will be provided for self-directed study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Blackboard. 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

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: 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1 - 3

Assessment Task 2: Mid-Semester Classroom Test
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs:1 – 3, 6

Assessment Task 3: Individual assignment 2
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 4: Final Exam
Weighting: 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1-6