AVAT13014 - Aviation Safety Management Systems

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will gain an insight into aviation safety management systems. You will learn the skills to establish a safety management system tailored to an individual aviation operation considering organisational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures. You will also gain knowledge about the International Civil Aviation Organisation's mandate for member states to establish a State Safety Program and how each organisation within a state is required to establish a Safety Management System subject to the rules and regulations of that jurisdiction.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: AVAT13011 Aviation Human Factors (Air Transport Pilot Licence) and AVAT11006 Aviation Law

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2021

Term 2 - 2022 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Presentation 30%
3. Examination 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Students (Verbally)
More emphasis on revision time, unit review and exam preparation.
A full tutorial was conducted during week 13. Many students appeared not to attend or view the tutorial. The lecturer will place more emphasis on the importance of this final tutorial.
Action Taken
The tutorial was well attended with good engagement.
Source: Lecturer
Consolidation / Exam preparation
Develop some quizzes which will review and consolidate subject areas and act as exam preparation.
Action Taken
Tutorial questions provided good exam practice.
Source: Student Correspondence
Overall well organised and structured unit.
This good practice will continue in 2021 with further enhancement in Moodle navigation.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Coordinator
Student response rate is low.
Continuous engagement through the forum, giving students and opportunity to complete the survey in a class, email/forum reminders, attach a note with assessment feedback etc
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse the elements of a safety management system in an aviation environment
  2. Evaluate organisational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures for the development of a safety management system
  3. Research information on state safety programs and safety management systems
  4. Critique a safety management system.

N/A. There is no external accreditation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Examination