Module code: MANM334

Module provider

Hospitality & Tourism Management

Module Leader

O'CONNELL JF Dr (Hosp & Tour)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation GROUP PRESENTATION 40

Alternative Assessment

Group presentation will be replaced by an individual assignment on the presentation topic of 2000 words.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

To provide students with the fundamental skills of the aircraft selection and fleet planning process.

Module aims

To provide students with the fundamentals of the aircraft selection and fleet planning process.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Understand the key issues in airline fleet planning; KCP
Evaluate the economic and technical performance of different types of aircraft; KCT
Appreciate the different requirements in fleet planning for low-cost carriers and network airlines; KCT
Select the right aircraft for an airline operation; KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

The fleet selection process
The market evaluation
The aircraft product
Aircraft performance
Aircraft economics
Evaluating competing products
Fleet planning for low-cost carriers
Fleet planning for network airlines
The investment appraisal

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to provide a framework of contemporary knowledge and theories supported by examples from industry. The current issues and debates will be highlighted so that the students are able to apply critical thinking to the literature. The teaching and learning methods are based on a series of lectures and, where appropriate case studies and guest lectures.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures (2 hours x 11 sessions)

Seminars and/or class discussion (1 hours x 11 sessions)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is aimed at giving students the opportunity to gradually build up their knowledge and understanding of airline fleet planning and is designed to allow students to evidence their achievement of the learning outcomes. The assessment comprises an individual assignment and a group presentation.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

As part of the first assessment component (i.e., the individual assignment), students are examined based on critically reviewing the literature, theories and techniques related to airline fleet planning. This report has a target length of 2000 words.

For the second assessment (i.e., the group presentation) students will be working as a group to solve a practical issue faced by a company in the air transport industry.

Formative assessment and feedback

During the first seminar, the assignments and the feedback process is explained

Feedback is also provided during and after in-class discussions

As the seminars are built around topic-specific group exercises, students do not only benefit from lecture’s feedback but also receive peer evaluations

A pre-assignment feedback session is an integral part of this module and is offered in week 6. During this session, students work in groups on a task which reflects the report requirements and receive feedback on their work

Further, as part of the formative feedback, students are provided with good and bad practice examples and in group discussion will discuss the key components of good reports and less good reports

In the first lecture after submission, students are provided with initial feedback on what went well and not so well, hence outlining key learning issues deriving from the assignment

Once marking is completed, students are able to access a report online which contains detailed generic feedback as well as a breakdown of marks. This enables students to assess their own performance compared to their peer students

Summative feedback

For the first assessment, students receive written feedback together with their returned reports. Apart from comments on the scripts, a formal sheet outlines students’ strengths, areas for improvements and suggestions on how to improve students’ performance for other assignments.

A post-assignment feedback session is designed to help students to fully understand the feedback given, which is particularly important at this stage as the report is one of the first assignments that students submit.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Air Transport Management MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.