Course Title: Managing the Air Traffic Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Managing the Air Traffic Environment

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Nic Connelly

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4965

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 057.03.26

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the topic of air traffic management, which is an essential and integral part of the aviation infrastructure.


The National Airways System (NAS) relies on a robust and regulated Air Traffic Management (ATM) provider to provide industry with the required air navigation services.  It is a complex industry but without it the whole system does not function safely, and even the very best airlines would not have a business without such a system in place.


In this course you will learn about aircraft traffic flow management and airspace management. It is a complex activity based on technologies that are continuously evolving.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP070 Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) and BP284 Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation)/Bachelor of Business (Management):

Needs, Context and Systems.

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

Problem Solving and Design.

2.1 Anticipate the consequences of intended action or inaction and understand how the consequences are managed collectively by your organisation, project or team.


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

Professional Practice.

4.1 Initiate, plan, lead or manage engineering activities.
4.2 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.


5.1 Demonstrate professional use and management of information.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the interrelationships between Air Traffic services providers, airlines and airport operators 
  2. Describe the structure of international air traffic management and its evolution
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the differing types of airspace, separation standards and the services provided within them.
  4. Discuss the impact of weather on aviation and demonstrate an ability to interpret meteorological data for flight planning purposes
  5. Critically evaluate the in-flight emergency response procedures of ATM to industry, and the other key players in this response process.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of aeronautical publications and the processes used to develop air traffic management procedures
  7. Explain how safety cultures are applied within ATM and other high-risk organisations.
  8. Evaluate and apply understanding of the vital interaction between the ANSPs and the customer in modern Air Traffic Management, including future technologies and design changes.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning process is facilitated by face-to-face lectures together with directed reading, investigative research, assignments, and an industry panel discussion. Problem-based learning is reinforced by using case studies.

Overview of Learning Resources

All lecture Powerpoint slides, supporting documents, and model answers to the exercises in the lectures are available from the RMIT Learning Management System, Canvas.  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.

☐ 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 (Leaning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks


Early Assessment Task: (online quiz)

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 2

Assessment Task 2: (online quiz)

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3,4 and 5)


Assessment Task 3: (Assignment)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 - 8

Assessment 4: (EXAM)

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1 -8