AVL 712- Airport Elements and Operations

Second Semester
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Course Description

The course will provide students extensive knowledge of airport elements and their interrelations, assessment of capacities of airport elements, airport operations related to aviation logistics.

Course Outcomes

Upon the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. define and demonstrate knowledge of airport physical elements and airport operations.- AVLLO: 1
  2. explain design characteristics of airports and determine the problems related to those characteristics.-AVLLO: 1,2,4,6.
  3. have the effective working ability through good oral and written communication skills.- AVLLO: 5,6.
  4. conduct a scientific research taking into consideration ethics and develop topics for further research in airport operations area.- AVLLO: 4,8,9,11.
  5. comprehend the global and social effects of sustainable airport operations on environment, safety, and contemporary issues of the century.- AVLLO: 10,11

The course outcomes are assessed by using one article review, one midterm and one final exam.

AVL Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. have adequate knowledge in aviation, logistics and supply chain and computing tools to make decisions in new or unpredictable environments of aviation logistics.
  2. formulate and solve a complex aviation logistics problems involving human, material, machinery, money, information, time and energy elements; analyze and design it under realistic constraints and conditions.
  3. use information technologies effectively with the knowledge of aviation logistics.
  4. design and conduct experiments, gather data, analyze and interpret results for investigating complex aviation logistics research questions.
  5. work efficiently in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teams by collaborating effectively, in addition to an individual effective working ability.
  6. enhance critical thinking skill by integrating relevant information, decision-making techniques, and concepts through the interdisciplinary aviation logistics area.
  7. communicate effectively, using information technology and oral and written skills to enhance decision making process through better communication.
  8. be aware of the importance of lifelong learning.
  9. make ethical and legal business decisions by considering cultural differences.
  10. recognize the importance of entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable development.
  11. have knowledge of the global and social effects of aviation logistics on health environment, and safety, and contemporary issues of the century reflected into the field of aviation logistics.


Required Text(s) and Materials
  1. Planning and design of Airports, R. Horonjeff, F. McKelvey; S. Young, 5th edition, 2010
  2. Airport Operations; Norman J. Ashford, H. P. Martin Stanton, Clifton A. Moore, Pierre Coutu and John R. Beasley; McGraw Hill; USA, 2013.
  3. Airport Systems; Planning, Design and Management, R. De Neufville, A. Odoni, 2003
  4. Airport Planning and Management; Alexander T. Wells and Seth B. Young; McGraw Hill; USA, 2004.
  5. The Airport Business; Rigas Doganis; Routledge; UK, 1992.
  6. ICAO Annexes and Manuals.
  7. IATA Documents.
Assessment Method(s) and Evaluation

Grading will be based upon one article review, one mid-term exam and one final exam.

Mid-term and Final Exam

The mid-term and final exams are 30% and 50% final average, respectively:Questions in the exams are designed to make sure that students comprehend the topics lectured. These exams will cover lecture notes and any assigned readings. The types of questions on the exams will be similar to those asked in the study questions and the lecture materials covered during the semester. Since the final exam is cumulative, the materials covered after the second midterm exam will be given more weight in the final exam.

Article Review:

This is 20% of the final average: These assignment is aimed to improve the understanding of current issues in airport operations.

  • Student determines their own refereed journal article that has been published after the year of 2015.
  • The articles have to be selected by the 3. Week of the semester. Upon the approval of the instructor, they can start working on it.
  • The article review should be at least one page of A4 paper. The writing format will be Times New Roman 12 pt. The margin will be 1 inch.
  • Students have to submit their article review by the 14. Week of the semester.
  • Other details will be provided students during the lectures.

Policy on Make- ups: Make-up examinations will only be administered to students with excused absences. Excused absences include death in the immediate family, University sponsored trips or critical illness. Verification is required and permission to miss an examination must be secured PRIOR TO the scheduled examination time. If this condition is not met, a zero will be given for the missed exam.

Grading Scale
Grade Quality Points
A = Excellent 90 – 100%
B = Good 80 – 89%
C = Satisfactory 70 – 79%
D = Passing 60 – 69%
F = Failing below 60%
Incompletes- I

Incompletes (I) demonstrate that a student was doing sufficient work at the end of a semester period but, for reasons beyond the control of the student, was unable to complete all requirements of the course in the related semester. The grade I obliges student to complete all course requirements within a time period that is specified by the instructor. This time period can’t exceed one academic calendar year from the end of the semester in that the grade I is assigned. The students has to arrange with the course instructor in order to complete all course requirements in a specified time period. If all course requirements are not completed by the students in a specified time period, I is changed to the grade F, unless the instructor has assigned a different grade.


Students may withdraw from courses following the drop and add period until mid-term by completing the withdrawal process on the portal. A grade of "W" will appear in the student's official records if the student has withdrawn according to the SFU’s Withdrawal Policy. (Please see the SFU’s Withdrawal Policy for details.)

Attendance Policy

Participation and consistent attendance is essential for acceptable performance in the course. The students are expected to be present each class period except when special hardships occur, e.g. illness.
Regulations for attendance of Suje Florida University will be applied for this class.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the responsibility of all Suje Florida University faculty and students. Cheating and plagiarism are not tolerated and will result in a failing grade, if the student is found guilty of cheating. Students are responsible for knowing and abiding by the Academic Integrity Policy. All students are expected to do their own work and to uphold a high standard of academic ethics.

Course Expectations
  1. Students are expected to read assigned material(s) prior to lecture and participate in discussions and activities.
  2. Log on at least three times a week – on different days in order to completely weekly assignments, assessments, discussions and/or other weekly deliverables as directed by the instructor.
  3. Check your e-mail often.
  4. Communications with the instructor should be via portal or e-mail. E-mail is preferred.
  5. Changes may be necessary in the syllabus. Students will be informed of changes to the syllabus.
  6. Students are responsible for any new material or announcements missed due to the absence.
Tentative Detailed Course Content and Recommended Readings
Week Topic Recommended Reading(s)
1 Introduction /History of Air Cargo
2 Economic Regulations
3 Airport Physical and Technical Characteristics
4 Physical Characteristics of Passenger and Cargo Terminals
5 Types of Cargo and Special Handling Requirements
6 Types of Cargo and Special Handling Requirements (cont’d)
7 Airport Operations (General Information- Emergency and Winter Operations)
8 MidTerm Exam
9 Passenger and Freight Airlines
10 Airport and Airline Relations
11 Airport and Airline Relations (cont’d)
12 Air Cargo and Airport Long-term Strategic planning
13 Air Cargo and Airport Long-term Strategic planning(cont’d)
14 Strategies to attract Air Cargo Business
15 Special Topics
16 Final Exam
Student Opinion of Instruction

At the end of the term, all students will be expected to complete an online Student Opinion of Instruction survey (SOI) that will be available on portal. Students will receive an e-mail notification through their Suje Florida University e-mail address when the SOI is available. SOI responses are anonymous to instructors/administrators. Instructors will be able to view only a summary of all responses two weeks after they have submitted final grades.

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Access Statement

Students with disabilities who are experiencing barriers in this course may contact the Access Office for assistance in determining and implementing reasonable accommodations.