Course ID: GENS 5002
Course name: Aviation Contemporary Issues
Course Authority: Dept of Aviation, UNSW
Organisational Unit responsible for course: Dept of Aviation
Units of credit: 3
Offered during session S1, S2, X1
Web-enabled course equivalent to 28 hours contact time
Pre-requisites: None
Co-requisites: None

Aviation is a high-profile industry and transport means that influences modern society at many levels. The aviation system comprises a complex array of human and mechanical interactions – known as a sociotechnical system – providing a myriad of social and technical challenges. Additionally, many seemingly unrelated industries and groups are influenced by aviation. In this course, aviation provides the opportunity for students to challenge industry dogmas and consider solutions for the problems facing contemporary aviation. By utilising the variety of skills and backgrounds that general studies courses bring together, students will develop an understanding of the main issues in complex, highly reliable mass-transport systems.

The course also allows students to investigate how the key issues interrelate both within the industry and with entities external to aviation. This course does not simply focus on problems for the industry, but collates the issues that affect the providers, users and third parties involved in the system. The course is built on four major areas: competition, capacity, safety and the future.
This is a solely web-based course.