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,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Chrystal Zhang

Course Coordinator Phone: -

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 057.03.027

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed the following courses before commencing this course:

AERO2382 - Airport Planning and Management
AERO2383 - Airport/Airline Operations

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.
Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

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 below Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for the following program plans:

BP070P23 / BP070VRI23 / BP070VH23 / BP070HKG23 / BP070SIM23 Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation)
BP284ASA23 Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) / Bachelor of Business (Management)
BP345P23 Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training)

1. Demonstrate understanding of a broad, coherent and in-depth body of knowledge relevant to professional pilot practice and the current and future global aviation industry.

2. Adapt knowledge and skills to analyse and synthesise concepts, information and data in diverse aviation contexts using digital tools and professional skills. 


This course contributes to the below Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for the following program plans:

BP070P6 / BP070VRI / BP070VH / BP070HKG / BP070SIM Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation)
BP284ASADD Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) / Bachelor of Business (Management)
BP345 Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot Training)

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:

Demonstrate broad appreciation of airport design and operations by being able to perform relevant tasks, such as:

  1. 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.
  2. Explain the various phases of the airport master planning process
  3. Demonstrate an appropriate understanding of airport apron design.
  4. Describe the importance of airside lighting, marking and signage requirements for airport design.
  5. Discuss the importance and impact of airport financial management.

Demonstrate your analytical skills relevant to airport design and operations by being able to perform relevant tasks, such as:

  1. Critically analyse and discuss the factors considered by airports when selecting the site for a new airport.
  2. Critically analyse technical characteristics of airport runways and their impact on aircraft operations.
  3. Evaluate the impact of aircraft noise and emissions for airport operations and design
  4. Evaluate airport taxiway configurations.
  5. Evaluate airport terminal requirements

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.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on Canvas. 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 Task 1: Online Quizzes
Weighting: 10%
This task supports CLOs 1 and 2

Assessment Task 2: Individual Assignment
Weighting: 20%
This task supports CLOs 1 and 2

Assessment Task 3: Group Assignment
Weighting: 50%
This task supports CLOs 1 and 2

Assessment Task 4: Group Assignment
Weighting: 20%
This task supports CLOs 1 and 2