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Aviation Industry

Aviation Industry

Code: ATB2RQ101
Scope:  5 ECTS
Timing: 1st semester
Language: English
Curriculum: Master in Aviation and Tourism Business
Course level: Elective Advanced Professional Studies
Course type: Elective


Three years of work experience in aviation industry.

Starting level and linkage with other courses

The course is part of Elective Advanced Professional Studies in Aviation and Tourism Business

Learning objectives and assessment

Grade 1

  • The student can identify main concepts in aviation
  • The student can identify, list and combine basic structures and business models in aviation
  • With some help, the student is able to collect and analyse general research findings

Grade 3

  • The student can describe information on the current operational environment in tourism and link it into different frameworks and theories within aviation
  • The student can apply to some extent different frameworks and theories at both practical and strategic level in aviation
  • The student can evaluate and discuss various business models in aviation

Grade 5

  • The student is able to gain and analyse information on the current operational environment within aviation
  • The student is able to collect and analyse relevant research findings as a basis for decision making
  • The student is able to apply extensively different frameworks and theories at both practical and strategic level in aviation
  • The student can evaluate and further develop various business models in aviation

Passed courses are assessed on a scale of 1 to 5.

Recognising and validating prior learning (RPL)

If students have acquired the required competences in previous work tasks, recreational activities or on another course, they can show the competences with a demonstration, and progress faster through their studies. More information and instructions for recognising and validating prior learning (RPL) are available at MyNet.

Working life connections

The entire course is undertaken as an assignment to an organisation; and done as a team. Students will be divided into teams and they are expected to have the whole responsibility of the project including arranging meetings with the commissioner, agreeing on project content, implementation and goal setting as well as agreeing on deliverables with the commissioner(s).


The course is taught in English, is attended by international students and all assignments are related to an international company. The course is international by definition.


  • Operational environment in aviation
  • Stakeholders
  • Business models
  • Current trends

Learning methods

The learning methods are based on contact sessions and independent client work. Case-based learning is applied throughout the course. Students will work in teams to implement a real-life client project from peers. In the client project, students will practice and develop their skills and knowledge in the tools and methods relevant to the task. Students are expected to assume entrepreneurial responsibility for the client projects from start to finish. Teachers will act as coaches in the student's learning processes.


The course requires strong and goal-oriented commitment on behalf of the student to team work and the contact sessions in the module. The grade will be based partly on the output and the value of the project deliverables to the client company (40%) and partly on the students own commitment, activity and demonstrated professional attitude (40%). The third part of the assessment is an individual assignment, learning diary that includes also a relevant literature review (20%).

Course teacher(s)

Anne Koppatz, Porvoo
Anita Lehtinen-Toivola, Pasila
Pekka Polvinen, Porvoo

Learning materials

Doganis, R. 2010. Flying off Course: Airline economics and marketing. London: Routledge.

Graham, A. 2013. Managing Airports: An international perspective. Fourth Edition.

Halpern, N. & Graham, A. 2013. Airport Marketing.

Norman J. Ashford & al. 2012. Airport Operations.

Sheehan, J.J. 2013. Business and Corporate Aviation Management. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.

Wensveen, J. G. 2015. Air Transport. A Management Perspective. Ashgate. Young S. & Wells, A. 2011. Airport Planning and Management. Sixth Edition