Course Title: Air Cargo Management and Operations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Air Cargo Management and Operations

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr Nick Bardell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8066

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.3.34

Course Coordinator Availability: TBC

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Not applicable.

Course Description

This course introduces you to the international air cargo mode. You will learn about 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 introduces you to 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

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation):

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.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Analyse the strategies of key industry stakeholders and discuss how value is delivered and captured in international air 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 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 myRMIT 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).

The assessment of this course may include the following:

Assessment item:  Assignment 1 (individual)
Weighting of final grade:  20%  
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 (individual)
Weighting of final grade:  40%  
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 3, 5, 7
Description:  An individual paper on a topic about airline air cargo operations and airport cargo hub strategies and operations.

Assessment item:  Final Examination
Weighting of final grade:  40%
Related course learning outcomes:  1 – 7
Description:  2-hour written examination will consist of questions related to this subject.  It will reflect material in the prescribed readings, and in the work done for class discussions and assignments.