Syllabus for AVF-472



Airport Management I will provide an introduction to airport operations and the myriad of responsibilities that airport managers face on a day-to-day basis. This course will present airport expansion in the historical context along with the impact airports have on the environment. Students are introduced to the regulatory aspect as well as the operational requirements affecting air travelers on a day-to-day basis.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Summarize historical aviation events and the legislation pertinent to airports and air transportation.

CO2        Evaluate different types of airport ownership and organizational structures.

CO3        Explain terminologies specific to airports and the air transportation system in the United States.

CO4        Analyze different segments of the air transportation system.

CO5    Describe the handling and disposition of hazardous material at airports having Part 139 Airport Certification under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements.

CO6        Specify environmental concerns of various airports.

CO7        Analyze criteria for a selected airport’s operations and maintenance.

CO8        Identify safety and security measures at selected airports.

CO9        Explain the federal regulations that apply to airports and the air transportation system.

CO10  Identify the funding sources for airports.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

ISBN: 978-1619542099


Airport Management I is a three-credit, online course, consisting of seven modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, blog entries, module quizzes, and a final project. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in 14 online discussions. You will be graded on 13 of the online discussions. Communication with your mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online class discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a discussion question and at least two subsequent comments on classmates' responses.

All of these responses must be substantial. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate or your mentor, state and support your position.

You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation, including your use of relevant course information to support your point of view, and your awareness of and responses to the postings of your classmates. Remember, these are discussions: responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, mature, and respectful.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete four written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. For specific details, consult the individual course modules. Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Prepare your written assignments using whatever word processing program you have on your computer. Include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.

Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.

Blog Entries

You are required to complete four blog entries. Blogging is a fundamental digital media practice and a significant means by which people communicate about particular issues, establish credibility, and construct online identities. These blog entries provide you the opportunity to practice and refine your blogging skills and offer another platform to engage in the discussion of course topics. Everyone is encouraged to read their classmates’ blog entries and comment on them.

Note: The blog in this course is a collection of individual blog entries. As such, you will receive one grade for all required blog entries at the end of the course. Additionally, you may use the content of these blog entries as the foundation for the final project.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Module Quizzes

You are required to complete seven module quizzes, one per individual module. All quiz items are multiple-choice and you may use course materials when taking the quizzes. There is no time limit for taking each quiz.

Most students find that quiz-taking is an excellent way to master the fundamental concepts, terms, regulations, and events related to the course content. Therefore, you will be able to take each quiz an unlimited number of times, and the gradebook will record your most recent score.

This arrangement will allow you to go back and reread portions of the text that you need to review and then take the quiz again for further practice.

Final Project

The final project acquaints you with an actual airport operation by conducting an interview with an airport executive, taking an on-site tour focusing on the themes and topics presented in the course, and writing an analysis paper. You will select an airport to study (an on-site visit to tour this airport for the purpose of this project is required). Refer to the Final Project area of the course website for more details. Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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