Course Title: Managing the Air Traffic Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Managing the Air Traffic Environment

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet2 2022

Course Coordinator: Nic Connelly

Course Coordinator Phone: via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 057.03.33

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course introduces you to the major players and their roles that comprise the global air transport system. Through air traffic control (ATC) and related services, Air traffic Management (ATM) provides the connecting infrastructure that allows aircraft to fly safely between airports. Through managing the separation of aircraft and air traffic flows, ATM provides services that are essential for safe and efficient air transport. 

This course will also explore the National Airways System more broadly, discussing the effects of weather, in flight emergencies, aeronautical publications, airspace management across Air Navigation Service providers and the cultural aspects of safety in such an environment. Whether you aspire to be a pilot or an aviation manager, an understanding of how the system works and its interdependence with airlines and airports is vital. 

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. Critically evaluate Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS/ATM) systems used in air traffic management.
  5. Discuss the impact of weather on aviation and demonstrate an ability to interpret meteorological data for flight planning purposes.
  6. Critically evaluate the in-flight emergency response procedures of ATM to industry, and the other key players in this response process.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of aeronautical publications and the processes used to develop air traffic management procedures.
  8. Explain how safety cultures are applied within ATM and other high-risk organisations.
  9. 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 lectorials together with directed reading, investigative research, assignments, and industry presentations. Problem-based learning is reinforced by using case studies.

Overview of Learning Resources

All lectorials will be online and recorded, and all supporting documents with online learning activities are available on the RMIT Learning Management System, Canvas. 

 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

Assessment 1: (Online quiz)
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 to 5. 
Timed assessment available over a 24-hour period and will be time limited for completion during this specific period. 

Assessment 2: (Assignment)
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 to 9. 

Assessment 3: (Online quiz)
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 6 to 9. 
Timed assessment available over a 24-hour period and will be time limited for completion during this specified period.