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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Air Transport Management

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Civil and Building Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport

Final award BSc (Hons)
Programme title Air Transport Management
Programme code CVUB10
Length of programme The duration of the programme is either 6 semesters, or 8 semesters if students undertake industrial training leading to the award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies which occurs between Part B and Part C.
Students may apply to the Programme Director for permission to undertake an approved course of study at a European University which is a member of the EU approved SOCRATES programme. Such a course of study must be undertaken for one semester in Part B of the degree programme.
UCAS code HN49, HNK9
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Sat, 01 Feb 2014 07:44:53 GMT

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide an undergraduate programme in air transport management appropriate to the needs of students.
  • To provide an undergraduate programme that offers opportunities for learning, reflection, scholarship and relevant research.
  • To enhance the learning experience of students by means of a range of appropriate methods.
  • To develop involvement with the principal sectors of the air transport industry.
  • To equip students with a thorough and practical knowledge of the economic, social and technological aspects of air transport, so that they will be able to play a full part in its future development.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

There is at present no nationally agreed subject benchmark statement for transport programmes.  The benchmark standards which have been devised for undergraduate transport programmes have been based on the relevant accreditation requirements of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the professional body with chartered status, as well as the Self-Assessment Document produced for the QAA's recent External Subject Review of Transport Studies programmes (November 2000), the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications and the University's current Learning and Teaching Strategy.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The context in which air transport operates, including the functions and sectors allied to air transport, their operation and the links between them;
  • The key concepts, theories and principles in air transport operations, management and planning;
  • The linkages and inter-relationships between the elements which constitute the study of transport operations, management and planning, and the relationships between them and related subjects;
  • One or more areas of specialist knowledge associated with air transport operations, management and/or planning;
  • The principles and skills used in air transport operations, management and planning in the solution of problems including an ability: to collect, analyse and interpret data and information; to use appropriate analytical tools; and to use standard and relevant ICT applications; and
  • The skills to identify options, to question conventional wisdom, to provide advice in oral and written form, and to apply professional judgement in making recommendations and solving problems. 

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Display and utilise academic knowledge and understanding appropriate to the study of air transport operations, management and planning;
  • Collect, analyse and interpret a range of data and information, and apply them to specific situations;
  • Understand, integrate and synthesise a range of complex concepts and disciplines appropriate to the study of air transport operations, management and planning; and
  • Define problems, provide solutions and offer a critical appraisal of the outcomes.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate competence in:

  • Communication skills, both orally and in writing;
  • Planning and making oral presentations;
  • Research skills - including the preparation of a substantial dissertation;
  • Interpersonal situations including working in groups;
  • The use and application of ICT; and
  • The collection, analysis and synthesis of numerical information and the application of numerical and statistical techniques.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate: a highly developed comprehension of the interaction and relative importance of personal skills and attributes within air transport management, including: decision-making, self development, reflective practice and self management skills together with personal planning skills, integrity, flexibility and recognition of the need for life-long learning.

4. Programme structure

4.1       Part A  -  Introductory Modules


4.1.1    Semester 1 

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 60)


Code Module Title Modular Weight
CVA001 Communication 10
CVA042 Introduction to Management 10
CVA043 Introduction to Economics 10
CVA045 Introduction to Air Transport 10
CVA046 Management Finance for the Transport Industry 10
CVA048 Transport Demand and Human Need 10


 4.1.2    Semester 2 

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 50)


Code Module Title Modular Weight
CVA041 Land Passenger Transport Systems 10
CVA044 Introduction to Logistics 10
CVA049 Introduction to Transport Economics 10
MAA211 Management Statistics 10
TTA301 Air Transport Technology 10


One 10 credit module from TTA302 Road Transport Technology or a language module at the appropriate level.


4.2       Part B  -  Degree Modules


4.2.1    Semester 1

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 50)

Code Module Title Modular Weight
CVB050 Transport Risk and Safety Management 20
CVB053 Management Science              10
CVB056 Economics of Transport 10
CVB068 Business Strategy and Policy for Transport  10


One 10 credit module from CVB058 Transport Planning or a language module at the appropriate level which will be treated as a degree level module. 


4.2.2    Semester 2 

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 60)

Code Module Title Modular Weight
CVB054 Management and Research Statistics  10
CVB055 Supply Chain Management  10
CVB057 Aviation Planning and Operations 10
CVB061 Transport and the Environment 10
CVB064 Project Appraisal  10
CVB067 Road Transport Engineering and Operations 10

In place of (i) above students may take the SOCRATES module CVB066, which has a modular weight of 60. 


4.3       Part C – Degree Modules


4.3.1    Semester 1 

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 50) 

Code Module Title Modular Weight
CVC062 Aviation Finance 10
CVC066 Airline Marketing and Management 20
CVC076 Applied Research Methods 10
CVC077 Aviation Project (30) 10


One module from:

Code Module Title Modular Weight
CVC060 Transport Planning Methods 10
CVC065 Travel Behaviour 10
CVC072 Transport Demand Management 10


4.3.2    Semester 2

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 50)

Code Module Title Modular Weight
CVC068 Aviation Safety 10
CVC073 Airport Management 20
CVC077 Aviation Project (30) 20



One module from: 

Code Module Title Modular Weight
CVC063 Sustainable Cities & Transport 10
CVC070 Transport Policy 10
CVC071 Rail Transport Operations 10



5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but also obtain 40% in modules worth 100 credits and at least 30% in the other modules in each Part.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B: 25 : Part C: 75 to determine the final percentage mark.


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