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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Sustainable Aviation & Green Innovation
Module Code MT5243
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Marina Efthymiou
Semester 2: Marina Efthymiou
Autumn: Marina Efthymiou
Module TeachersMarina Efthymiou
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

Aviation's environmental externalities need to be managed. The micro-credential module aims to provide students with the knowledge and background to develop strategies and solutions for aviation to become more sustainable. Emphasis is placed on innovative technologies and practices across the sector, like Sustainable Aviation Fuels, aircraft technology, Air traffic control procedures and airspace optimisation. Finally, this micro-credential module merges academia with practice by involving the industry in the learning process via industry guest speakers, case studies, and other synchronous and asynchronous learning methods.

Learning Outcomes

1. Assess environmental policies and practices in terms of effectiveness, efficiency and feasibility
2. Develop strategies for the aviation to mitigate externalities, but also adapt to phenomena like climate change impacts
3. Develop a critical understanding of how technology can enhance sustainability and its associated challenges, applying this to an organisational context.
4. Explore green solutions as a whole and evaluate which solution is appropriate for the short, mid and long term per sector of the aviation industry

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture21Lecture (on-campus and synchronous online)
Assignment Completion40Completion of research for assignment and assignment preparation and documentation
Directed learning96Class-related reading and activities, guided reading and further learning.
Independent Study30.5Reading, research, library work
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

Environmental externalities in aviation
It will focus on environmental economics and their application to aviation. It will elaborate on Local Air Quality, Noise Pollution and Climate Change

Environmental policies and actions for aviation
It will focus on Market Based Measures, Carbon offsetting, ICAO Annex 16, Emissions Trading Scheme, CORSIA, Sustainable Aviation Fuels, operations and technological innovations

Implementing green innovations
The cost of green technologies will be covered, along with the implementation complexity. The criticism of various measures, like Biofuels, batteries, Carbon capture and storage are central for this module along with the trafe-offs of the various environmental actions.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Written ExamInteractive Oral Assessment Scenario: The students participate in a consulting project where they need to discuss the environmental performance of a company/or industry and propose appropriate solutions. The assessment is conducted online.100%n/a
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

  • Roberto Sabatini: 2020, Sustainable Aviation Technology and Operations, Wiley, 9781118932582
  • Abu Yousuf,Cristina Gonzalez-Fernandez: 2022, Sustainable Alternatives for Aviation Fuels, Elsevier, 9780323857161
  • Thomas Walker, Angela Stefania Bergantino, Northrop Sprung-Much, Luisa Loiacono: 2020, Sustainable Aviation Greening the Flight Path, Springer, 9783030286
  • Ben Daley: 2010, Air Transport and the Environment, Routledge, 0754672867
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GCASLIGraduate Certificate in Aviation
MSALMSc in Aviation Leadership

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