Air Transport Management Modules

Year 1

Introduction to Aeronautics


The module aims to provide a historical perspective of aerospace engineering, students will acquire basic knowledge in core competencies in aerospace engineering in the subjects of basic aerodynamics, propulsion, and aircraft performance. It will expose the students in a practical manner to flight engineering and integrated system platforms.

Introduction to Air Transport Industry


This module will provide students with an overview and structure of the air transport industry internationally and locally. The key players, such as airlines, airports, civil aviation authorities, ground handling agents, will also be introduced to the students while their functions and interdependence will be discussed. The students will also learn about the aviation regulatory environment and it influences on the evolution of the aviation industry.  Different types of air travel markets and airlines, ownerships and physical characteristics of airports will also be covered.

Management in Aviation


This module will provide the fundamental theory of management from a manager’s perspectives in the sector of civil aviation.  The topics covered in this module include planning, organizing, leadership, controlling, basic management tools, communication, team building, and managing day to day performance. The students will learn the basic skills of decision-making, conflict management and effective communications.  This module will also discuss the ethics and social responsibility of civil aviation companies and organizations.

Service Quality Management


This module will equip the students with knowledge of service quality concepts and practices.  It will also build students’ critical perspectives on identifying and managing real-life challenges of service quality in the civil aviation sector.  The areas of focus will be based on the Gaps Model of Service Quality, which consists of the topics of customer expectations, perceptions and requirements; service design and standards; service delivery and performance; service communication; and service and the bottom line. 

Aviation Mathematics


The aim of this module is to equip students with core mathematical skills which will help them better understand problems related to aviation industry.  This module presents the mathematical foundations of functions, which includes function transformation, logarithms and exponential functions, trigonometric and hyperbolic functions.  The more substantial part of this module begins with Limits and Continuity which includes L’Hopital’s rule, followed by Single Variable Calculus.  It covers differentiation and integration of functions of one variable, with various business/engineering application.

Operations Management in Aviation


This module introduces the fundamentals of operational management and its applications to the civil aviation sector.  Students will learn to achieve a higher level of productivity and better service quality in an efficient and cost-effective way.  The major areas covered in this module include productivity and process analysis and selection strategy; managing capacity and matching with demand; scheduling operations; facility location, layout and waiting lines; managing service quality in operations planning; and lean vs agile strategies.

Aviation Regulatory Policy and Air Law


This module will provide students with the knowledge in the areas of laws and regulation specifically in the civil aviation sector at both international and national level.  The students will recognize the civil aviation is a highly regulated sector and how deregulation and open skies affect the operations and businesses in the sector.  This module will also cover the aviation laws and labour laws related to the civil aviation sector in Singapore.

Economics for Aviation Manager


The scope of this module covers the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics. This module aims to have students understand the basic concepts of economics and apply the theories and concepts to current affairs.  The first half of this module includes core principles of microeconomics such as scarcity, opportunity cost, supply and demand, price elasticity, equilibrium principles, cost theorem, and market structures. The emphasis is on the behaviour and decision making of individuals and firms.  The second half of this module introduces macroeconomics – a macro perspective of the economy. The concepts include aggregate demand and supply, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), price level (inflation), employment, and the open economy. Policy interventions would be from the perspectives of central banks (monetary policy) and government (fiscal policy).

Business Communication


Communication has long been taken as a core competency for undergraduate students in all major universities in the world and is a prerequisite skill almost invariably required by employers in today’s knowledge-based economy.  This module aims to prepare the students for effective business communications in both written and oral forms.  This module equips students with writing, reading and thinking skills so that they are able to produce clear, concise, coherent and cohesive business reports that are supported by clear structures, correct grammar and style.  The students will also learn the email etiquette and the effective ways of communicating neutral, positive and persuasive messages to colleagues and passengers.  

Business Data Analysis


This module provides comprehensive understanding and applications of statistical models and tools to the civil aviation sector.  It aims to equip students with basic statistics knowledge of organizing data, descriptive and inferential statistics, probability and sampling distributions, regression analysis, time series and hypotheses testing. The module will focus on conceptual understanding, interpretation of statistical results and practical application of the results for effective decision-making in real-life civil aviation context.