Course Title: Air Cargo Management and Operations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Air Cargo Management and Operations

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mech & Manuf Eng


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Dr Glenn Baxter

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8349

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

OMGT1082 Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management or equivalent.

Course Description

This course introduces you to the international air cargo mode. You will learn about the economics underpinning air cargo operations, the regulatory environment as it relates to the international air cargo mode, the roles of the air cargo mode in global supply chains, the air cargo services offered to the public, the rationale for and the forms of strategic partnerships and alliances employed in the air cargo industry, and the strategies employed by the various key stakeholders.
The course introduces you to the technical characteristics of aircraft as they relate to the air cargo mode, in particular, cargo capacity and air cargo revenue management, and ground and terminal handling requirements of air cargo.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course develops and assesses the following program learning outcomes:
Needs, context and systems:
• Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs, establish priorities and the goals, constraints and uncertainties of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.), using systems thinking, while recognising ethical implications of professional practice.
Problem-solving and design:
• Demonstrating information skills and research methods.
Self management:
• Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal and team goals, with regular review of personal performance as a primary means of managing continuing professional development.

Upon completion of this course you should be able to:
• Outline the history of air cargo industry identifying the key developments.
• Analyse the strategies of key industry stakeholders and discuss how value is delivered and captured in international air logistics chains;
• Understand the importance of governmental regulation for the industry;
• Describe the role of governmental air cargo security regulations for industry actors
• Describe the ground handling principles of air cargo;
• Critically analyse the technical characteristics of aircraft as they relate to air cargo planning and operations and air cargo revenue management;
• Discuss the differences between combination passenger/freight airlines and all-cargo airlines in terms of route structures, yields, and aircraft types;
• Discuss the principles of air cargo economics (including air cargo revenue management/pricing) from the perspectives of the various actors; and
• Appreciate the role of strategic alliances and emerging global supply chain management trends and their impact on the air cargo industry.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn this course through lectures, directed reading, class room discussion, and investigative research. The learning process is reinforced through problem-based learning using case studies.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on “myRMITStudies”. These will include course notes, and other learning materials generated by the course lecturer(s), references, and approved links to useful material on external web-sites.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment of this course may include the following:
• Assignment(s)
• Project(s)
• Oral presentation(s)
• Written examination(s)
For more details, refer to the “Course Assessment Tasks”.