Course Title: Advanced Air Cargo Operations and Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Air Cargo Operations and Management

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dorian Notman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3316

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 057.03.15

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

During Advanced Air Cargo Operations and Management you will investigate the economics underpinning air cargo operations, the regulatory environment as it relates to the international air cargo mode, the roles of the air cargo mode in global supply chains, the air cargo services offered to the public, the rationale for and the forms of strategic partnerships and alliances employed in the air cargo industry, and the strategies employed by the various key stakeholders.

The course will also cover the technical characteristics of aircraft as they relate to the air cargo mode, in particular, cargo capacity and air cargo revenue management, and ground and terminal handling requirements of air cargo.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes of the Master of Science (Aviation) degree:

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:

• Demonstrating information skills and research methods.

Self management:

• Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal and team goals, with regular review of personal performance as a primary means of managing continuing professional development.

Upon successful completion of this course you should, to a postgraduate level, be able to:

1.  Analyse the strategies of key industry stakeholders and discuss how value is delivered and captured in international aviation logistics chains;

2.  Relate relevant regulatory frameworks and the roles of governmental air cargo security regulations to a range of industry actor perspectives;

3.  Apply ground handling principles of air cargo;

4.  Critically analyse the technical characteristics of aircraft as they relate to air cargo planning and operations and air cargo revenue management;

5.  Match appropriate route structures and aircraft types to different combinations of passenger / freight airlines and all-cargo airlines;

6.  Optimise air cargo economics (including air cargo revenue management/pricing) taking on perspectives of various actors; and

7.  Analyse the role of strategic alliances and emerging global supply chain management trends as they impact on the air cargo industry.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn this course through pre-recorded lectures, directed reading, class room discussion, and investigative research. The learning process is reinforced through problem-based learning using case studies and class discussion.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the myRMIT Learning Management System. 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

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment item:  Assignment 1 (individual)
Weighting of final grade:  40%  
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 5, 6.
Description:  An individual paper on a topic about air cargo management and operations.

Assessment item:  Assignment 2 (Group)
Weighting of final grade:  40%  
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 3, 5, 7
Description:  A group paper on a topic about airline air cargo operations and airport cargo hub strategies and operations.

Assessment item:  Presentation (Group)
Weighting of final grade:  20%
Related course learning outcomes:  1 – 7
Description:  Presentation of findings relating to Assessment 2. Students are expected to answer questions relating to the specific topic investigated and to its relationship to the wider air cargo subject.