Course Title: Airworthiness Management Frameworks

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Airworthiness Management Frameworks

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Nick Bardell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8066

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus 57.3.34

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact by email to arrange appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge: This course assumes that you have some knowledge of, and interest in, the contemporary aviation industry.

Course Description

This course introduces you to the different aspects ofinitial and continuing airworthiness management frameworks. You will examine different legislation, guidelines and technical manuals relating to airworthiness as commonly used in both civil organisations (ICAO, EASA, FAA, CASA, etc.) and defence (US Defence Forces, UK MAA, DASA, etc).

You will learn how to apply technical airworthiness management frameworks and how to implement airworthiness assurance functions in:

  • Aircraft design approval and control
  • Aircraft and component manufacturing and certification
  • Aircraft modifications
  • Repair and maintenance

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes for the Master of Engineering:

1. Needs, Context and Systems

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

2. 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

3. Analysis

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

4. 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 and language of the intended audience

5. Research

• Demonstrate professional use and management of information.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Analyse the emerging and contemporary problems in airworthiness management.
  2. Conduct research and identify the requirements for the development and variation of regulatory requirements within the initial and continuing airworthiness fields.
  3. Critically evaluate the technical and non-technical issues associated with the safe implementation of airworthiness requirements within the civil and military aviation industries.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to participate in airworthiness management, including initial and continuing airworthiness activity planning.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning process is facilitated by pre-recorded lectures together with directed reading, investigative research, and assignments. Problem-based learning is reinforced by using case studies.

Overview of Learning Resources

All lecture Powerpoint slides, supporting documents, and model answers of exercises in the lectures are available from the RMIT Learning Management System.  Multimedia files related to the topics will also be uploaded to the respective weekly folders.

There is no set text for this course.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1:
Quiz #1
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports:CLOs 1 & 3; PLOs 1 & 2.

Quiz #2
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports: CLOs 1 & 3; PLOs 1 & 2.

Quiz #3
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports: CLOs 1 & 3; PLOs 1 & 2.

Assessment Task 2: Assignment 1 (individualshort essay/report)
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2& 3; PLOs 1,3,4 & 5.

Assessment Task 3: Assignment 2 (individual extended essay/report)
Weighting 45%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4; PLOs 1,2,3,4 & 5.