Course Title: Contemporary Aviation Studies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Aviation Studies

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Course Coordinator: Dr Graham Wild

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8051

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Course Coordinator Location: 57.03.27

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will study modern issues in the aviation industry. You will learn about aerospace governing bodies, industries, institutions and the issues and challenges facing the technology. You will also cover fresh topics governed by the dynamic operation and business environment of aerospace and aviation.
Key areas of study:
• Human Performance and Aviation Medicine
• Aviation Psychology
• Aviation Security
• Air Traffic Management, Control, and Operations
• Advanced Forecasting Methodologies
• Unmanned Aerial Systems
• Aviation Law
• Aviation Marketing
• Risk and Risk Management
• Ethical Issues in Aviation
• Tourism
• Crew Resource Management

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Characterise the key global issues that drive and shape the  aviation industry sector
  2. Identify and assess contemporary and future technical challenges facing the global aviation industry
  3. Contrast and relate the Australian aviation industry to a global context

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. Where possible, practical exercises may also be utilised.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Blackboard, which is accessed through myRMIT. These will include course notes, and other learning materials generated by the course lecturer(s), references, and approved links to useful material on external websites.

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

Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3

Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3

Final Exam
Weighting 50%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-3