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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Aviation Policy and Regulations
Module Code MT5149
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Cathal Guiomard
Semester 2: Cathal Guiomard
Autumn: Cathal Guiomard
Module TeachersCathal Guiomard
David Cluxton
Marina Efthymiou
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

Aviation is one of the most heavily regulated industries and this means that today’s aviation professional should be aware of, and familiar with, how the law applies to aviation. This module will provide an introduction for students to the legal environment within which aviation operates, at the Irish, European and international levels. This module aims to empower decision-making by aviation managers through providing an awareness and understanding of how the law applies to aviation and thereby enable better management of operational and commercial functions. Those provisions of aviation law most relevant to the management function will be explored so as to facilitate practical application to real life scenarios. As a module aimed at non-lawyers, the teaching approach will utilise plain English explanations of the law and make use of cases and practical examples as the main source of illustration. An interactive approach will be taken to the delivery of lectures, with students encouraged to participate in class discussion. Topics will be explored against their historical backdrop, tracing the development of aviation regulation through its various stages and thereby providing context for contemporary issues facing the industry.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the regulatory and policy frameworks that govern aviation.
2. Illustrate the role of historical and political factors in the air transport market and their continued influence on modern development and regulation
3. Evaluate the competitive and regulatory forces that shape the air transport industry
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics, requirements and legal responsibilities of aviation organisations.
5. Critique and analyse factual aviation case scenarios with operational and/or commercial implications.
6. Demonstrate research skills and conduct basic written analysis, including locating and considering academic journal papers or other appropriate materials.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture30In class (Synchronous and Asynchronous)
Directed learning87.5Reading assigned materials for class, such as cases, articles and web sources.
Assignment Completion70Completion of research for assignment and assignment preparation and documentation
Total Workload: 187.5

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Chicago Convention

Air Transport Market

Irish Aviation Regulation

Competition Law and Aviation

Regulation of Infrastructure Environment and Safety

Private Air Law – Liability

Aviation Security Law

Traffic Management in Europe

Safety Regulation

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Assignmentn/a100%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    GCASLIGraduate Certificate in Aviation
    MCMBSMicro-credential Modules DCUBS
    MSALMSc in Aviation Leadership

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