Course Title: Airport and Airline Operations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Airport and Airline Operations

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


110P SEH Portfolio Office


Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Varinder Sohi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0053

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Point Cook & City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

AERO2471 Aviation Industry Environment or equivalent.

Course Description

In this course you will study of the broad range of practical operational issues that airports contend with on a daily basis. Airport/Airline Operations cover both airside operations (mainly for airlines) and landside operations (mainly for passengers). To consider some of the complexities of airport in the context of operational and commercial environments, Airport-Airline relationship, ground handling, passenger handling, baggage handling, apron operations, catering, freight handling, Air Traffic Control, airport technical services, and airport rescue and safety are studied. At the completion of this subject, you will have developed an understanding of both airside and landside operations at contemporary airports.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes (PLOs):


Integrative Perspective

Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems.

Professional Practice

Understanding of social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities associated with the aviation industry, and the principles of sustainability

Responsibility and accountability for own learning and work in collaboration with others within broad parameters.


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Explain the importance of the airline-airport relations;
2. Describe different airport ground handling models and issues;
3. Analyse and optimise airside passenger handling facilities;
4. Discuss the scope of aircraft ramp servicing and ramp layout;
5. Detail ways that airports and airlines organise and control ground handling responsibilities;
6. Identify typical methods to reduce costs of baggage handling;
7. Map out the relationships between common functions of the airport terminal;
8. Explain the process of airport security planning;
9. Discuss the importance of technical service to airport operations
10. Identify common challenges in implementing airport emergency plans;
11. Describe access interaction with passenger terminal operation;
12. Explain different access modes’ advantages and disadvantages;

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 “myRMIT Studies”. 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

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment item: Canvas Quizzes
Weighting of final grade: 15%
Related course learning outcomes: ALL

Assessment item: Individual Assignment
Weighting of final grade: 20%
Related course learning outcomes: 2.4,5

Assessment item: Group Analytic Report
Weighting of final grade: 30%
Related course learning outcomes: 1,3,5,7

Assessment item: Final exam
Weighting of final grade: 35%
Related course learning outcomes: 1,6, 8-12