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Aviation Operations & Technology BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time H463 2017
4 years full time including sandwich year H462 2017

Why choose this course?

In the last few decades, the aviation industry has been growing in all regions of the world. This growth is expected to continue over the next few decades as more airports are constructed, airlines purchase and operate more aircraft and the cost of air travel continues to reduce. The field of air transport operations is becoming more technical and data driven and in response this programme has been designed to meet the future demands of the air travel industry.

This degree course provides you with the three key skills that every professional working in the industry is likely to require in the future. Firstly, the course provides you with the detailed technical knowledge required for understanding how aircraft operate and the logistics of the aviation infrastructure required for achieving a safe and efficient environment. Secondly, the course equips you with the analytical and numerical skills required to carry out operational research techniques and data management required to provide real insight and value to a business. Finally, the course provides the project management and commercial awareness knowledge required for professionals to deliver an economic benefit to an aviation business. The three-year course is delivered entirely at Kingston University.

What you will study

Year 1 provides an introduction to aviation and equips you with the maths and physics skills needed to cope with the second and third year of the degree. You are introduced to the theory of flight and the aircraft systems that enable aircraft to fly. You are also provided with the core communication skills required to become a leader in the industry.

In Year 2 you will learn how airlines, airports and the air traffic control system keep global aviation ticking along in a safe and efficient manner. You will also be introduced to project management and learn about data analysis techniques.

In Year 3, the focus is to understand the operational and commercial nature of the airline industry. You are given the opportunity to research a topic of your choice to enhance your independent learning skills. You will also work as a group to set-up and manage a fictional start-up airline and learn about the issues involved.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This core module aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of mathematics and physics required to successfully complete the programme and pass aviation authority engineering licence examinations at category B level, and to gain an understanding of key engineering principles with the ability to solve problems.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • select and use the appropriate methods and/or formulae to solve mathematical problems;
    • define the terms and explain the principles and laws associated with fundamental physics;
    • select and use the appropriate methods and/or formulae to solve fundamental physics problems; and
    • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the subject matter in the EASA Part-66 syllabus for Mathematics and Physics.
  • This module is designed to help you transition from sixth-form and/or further education study to higher education (HE) study and to prepare you for the learning that lies ahead. The two learning environments, and what is expected of students in those two environments, are very different, and this needs to be clearly understood by students if they are to obtain the maximum benefit from their HE course of study.

    The module will explore the differences between the two environments, explain the professional skills and personal attributes needed to successfully complete an HE programme and lay foundations for second- and third-year modules and life after completion of the programme; be that employment or further study. Basic research, report writing, referencing, use of IT, maintaining digital records, the fundamentals of working in teams, maintaining a study journal, understanding and using feedback, reflection and professional development will all be covered in scheduled learning sessions that will comprise a mixture of presentation, lecture, discussion, workshop and tutorial. You will be expected to devote time outside the schedule sessions to prepare for discussions and workshops, to maintain a study journal and to produce a portfolio of evidence. The journal and the portfolio will be used for both summative and formative assessment of the module and will provide a record and examples of work that can be used at personal tutor meetings.

  • This module deals with basic aerodynamics, aircraft systems and propulsion using a Learjet aircraft (on site) to provide a frame of reference. An introduction to the essential differences between space engineering and its environment, and aircraft and aerospace engineering. This module covers the International Standard Atmosphere and basic aerodynamic terms, followed by basic discussion of the theory of flight, stability and lift augmentation. The ATA systems covering general construction, layout and operation of aircraft systems and components will be covered.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic measuring, machining and fabrication processes and perform fundamental heat treatment and testing procedures on relevant engineering materials.
    • Describe the design, manufacture, testing and redesign of a prototype according to given specifications while following appropriate methods for the design and development of products.
    • Comprehend and apply the basic principles of safety within the workshop and laboratory and carry out a risk assessment on a suitable laboratory activity and location.
    • Using the general principles of the ATA 100, describe the layout and operation of aircraft major components and systems.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the aerospace industry, its regulatory framework and the terminology commonly used.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the unique demands of the aerospace environment.
  • This module introduces the fundamentals of thermofluids (thermodynamics and fluid mechanics) and solid mechanics (statics and dynamics). The thermofluids section covers the key concepts of system, work, heat and the main thermodynamics laws with special reference to their engineering applications. An introduction to main equations of fluid mechanics and dynamics, dimensional analysis, properties of fluids and their measurement methodology and units.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the fundamental properties of a fluid, use correct unit, property tables and charts. State and apply the zeroth, first and second laws of thermodynamics to engineering problems.
    • State the basic equations of fluid mechanics, explain the concepts of pressure, temperature and measurements methods.
    • Describe laminar and turbulent flows and apply continuity, momentum and energy equations to fluid flow.
    • Determine the external and internal forces and moments in simple structures under equilibrium and carry out one-dimensional stress analysis of engineering components in tension, compression and bending modes.
    • Carry out kinematics and kinetics analysis of dynamic systems with constant and variable accelerations.
    • Apply Newton's laws and energy method to engineering components in motion modelled as particles and rigid bodies.

Year 2

  • This module deals with aerodynamics, flight performance, propulsion, stability and control of aircraft, rocket propulsion and orbit mechanics of satellites. The module looks at low-speed aerodynamics, discussing the fundamental principles of fluid flows and aerofoil properties with an introduction to the concept of boundary layer flows and high-speed compressible flows.  The aircraft performance addresses cruise, climb, turn, take-off and landing, supported with the wind tunnel laboratory and flight simulator exercises.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Evaluate the characteristics of a range of aircraft propulsion systems.
    • Describe the characteristics of aerofoils and boundary layer flows and the effect on aircraft performance.
    • Calculate aircraft performance characteristics.
    • Apply the basic principles of satellite orbits and rocket propulsion.
    • Discuss the stability and control of aircraft.
    • Analyse experimental results and write laboratory reports.
  • This module introduces you to aviation operations that involve airports and air traffic management. You will gain an understanding of the different types of airports that exist and how they fit into the larger field of aviation operations. Airports are often considered to be the equivalent of a small town. Their primary purpose is to facilitate the process for aircraft to take-off, taxi and land. However, they have a wider secondary function of processing passengers and baggage, enforcing safety and security procedures, growing the local economy and also minimising the environmental impact to the local community. Students on this module cover all of these topics and apply their learning on an airport design project. Alongside airports, another key infrastructure facility is the global air traffic control system which enables the safe, orderly and efficient routing of aircraft across the world. Students on this module learn the tools of trade for navigation and flight separation. The focus of the learning is on how the UK air traffic control system integrates with airfield operations. Students are made aware of the legal and regulatory considerations and how the future of airspace management is evolving due to new technology.

  • The purpose of this module is to introduce you to the applied mathematical techniques that enable operational organisations to achieve efficiency and productivity. The focus of the teaching is on airline operations but the techniques taught are equally applicable to other transport industries which share similar operational challenges. The topic of flight safety is used to reinforce the applied statistics that has been taught earlier in the module. The module aims to familiarise you with the knowledge of basic theories and methodologies for safety analysis and risk assessment in different aviation environments and with the concept and practicality of a 'safety management system'.

  • This module includes principles and commercial practices for the management of engineering projects and related wider business operations. The nature of project engineering and business management is considered in the context of quality, time, risk and sustainability aspects.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Apply project and business management techniques to simple projects, including the use of appropriate software, in the context of wider business operations, sustainability and ethics.
    • Use quality management techniques, including the application of statistical techniques.
    • Describe basic legal and risk principles applicable to mechanical and automotive related situations, including health and safety.
    • Describe theory and practice underpinning the management of human resources and business.

Year 3

  • This module is designed to give a broad understanding of the operation of the major systems typically found on an aircraft. The module investigates from a systems engineering perspective with regard to the interaction of the systems. The module will also review the maintenance requirements of these systems and more generally how aircraft maintenance is planned, delivered and regulated.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Sketch a schematic diagram of typical aircraft electrical, hydraulic, air conditioning, propulsion and control systems and explain the operation of major components.
    • Apply the principles learned throughout the programme to evaluate the operation of aircraft systems.
    • Explain the maintenance requirements of major aircraft systems.
    • Describe the regulation of airworthiness and the licensing of aircraft maintenance personnel.
    • Assess the operation of maintenance production and aircraft maintenance schedules.
  • This module aims to allow you to explore how employers within the air transport industry combines related areas such as aircraft design, maintenance, operations or repair and overhaul in order to make a profit. The module compares the operation of the air transport market with that in other sectors, in particular, looking at standard methods of recording and reporting financial performance.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Assess the potential impact of an airline's business strategy.
    • Discuss the major determinants of air transport supply, demand and cost.
    • Analyse business accounts and, thereby, be able to describe company performance.
    • By means of the appropriate planning and analysis, assess the options open to a business at any stage in its lifecycle.
  • This module examines all the factors that involves creating an airline operational schedule. The module deals with how the route is selected and the appropriate fares determined.  Requirements for getting the aircraft airborne, from aircrew, operations and maintenance perspectives, as well as when there is adverse conditions and how the airline can recover from such disruption in the shortest possible time.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Contribute to the effective planning of airline operations.
    • Construct robust airline fleet assignment, maintenance and routing plans to meet a given schedule.
    • Describe how airlines recover their schedules following periods of irregular operations.
    • Detail the requirements and practices of effective revenue management.
    • Work as a member of a team to derive a solution to a specified air transport operational requirement.
  • On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Investigate or review a specified topic according to given guidelines.
    • Organise and carry out any appropriate experimental work, questionnaires and/or surveys.
    • Collate data from experimental work or other sources and use appropriate statistical methods to analyse data.
    • Draw conclusions based on analysis of information/data and comment on them.
    • Present information and arguments orally and in the form of a poster-style display. Structure a report according to guidelines provided and write, in clear English, a description of the project and a logical discussion of the processes, results and conclusions.

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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