Module code: MANM333

Module Overview

Provide students with an understanding of how financial concepts are integrated and applied to decision making in the air transport industry.

Module provider

Hospitality & Tourism Management

Module Leader

ITANI Nadine (Hosp & Tour)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 103

Lecture Hours: 24

Seminar Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 1

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Airline finance

    • Airline revenue analysis

    • Airline cost analysis

    • Airline balance sheet,asset statement and cash flow statement analysis

    • Airline financing analysis

  • Aircraft financing & Leasing

    • aircraft residual value analysis

    • aircraft financing methods

    • aircraft leasing methods

  • Airport finance

    • Airport revenue analysis

    • Airport cost analysis

    • Airport financing methods

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is aimed at giving students the opportunity to gradually build up their knowledge and understanding of aviation finance and is designed to allow students to evidence their achievement of the learning outcomes. The assessment comprises an individual assignment.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • The individual assignment: students are assessed based on their understanding of relevant financial ratios and modelling techniques and their application in the air transport industry. Students are also examined based on critically reviewing the literature, theories and techniques related to aviation finance. This report has a target length of 3000 words.

Formative feedback

  • A session is dedicated for assignment briefing, where the assignments and the feedback process is explained

  • Feedback is also provided during and after in-class discussions

  • An assignment workshop will be arranged for students.  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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Marking will be undertaken electronically and returned to students within standard time limit.

Module aims

  • To provide students with fundamental knowledge of financial tools and financial modelling techniques relevant to airline management
  • To equip students with necessary knowledge to evaluate the decisions of buying vs. leasing aircraft
  • To provide students with a solid understanding of airport finance with particular focus on airport financing methods

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Assess the financial performance of airlines and airports; KCT
2 Construct an airline's financial plan given an understanding of airline financial management; KCT
3 Evaluate the alternative ways of financing an airline and its operating assets; KCP
4 Analyse the relationships between airline financial management and the underlying economic drivers of the airline business; KCT
5 Understand key issues in airport finance and airport financing methods; KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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 

  • Seminars and/or class discussion

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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Other information

This module adopts the university curriculum framework which aims to develop learners with strong capabilities in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module contributes to the development of the following capabilities:

Global and Cultural Capabilities: The module revolves around the development and management of air transport organisations (Airport/ Airlines) from a global perspective. Students develop an understanding of the influence of environment on the industry’s development, including international, national and cultural environments. Since students are from different countries with diverse cultural backgrounds, class discussions and seminar exercises will be used to reinforce students’ global and cultural capabilities.

Digital Capabilities: Teaching and learning materials are provided in several formats, and students are encouraged to use discussion boards for communication. Students will be provided instruction on digital literature review searches that support their development of independent learning and successful assessment preparation. Students will use the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), SurreyLearn, video conferencing platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, and data analytics software to facilitate learning. These include accessing teaching and learning materials and engaging with their instructors and peers.

Employability: Guest lecturers will present up-to-date insight from the air transport industry on relevant topics and provide an opportunity for students to directly learn from industry experts and stakeholders. Students will gain knowledge on current developments in air travel and be taught to critically evaluate these developments. They will also learn how to develop strategies to manage these developments. All these skills can be transferred to various situations at the workplace, including problem-solving tasks. 

Sustainability: This module motivates students to critically evaluate the impacts of air travel/ transport industry on society, environment and economy through a case study analysis and class discussion. Students will be guided in developing recommendations for minimizing negative impacts of air travel for the society, environment and/or economy based on their knowledge of sustainable air transport/ tourism management and sustainable development. 

Resourcefulness and Resilience: The assessment strategy which comprises two stages; formative assessment and summative assessment. Through this strategy, this module empowers students to build self-evaluation into assessment processes and create spaces for students to reflect on their own performance whilst reviewing feedback. The structured schedule of the two-stage assessment will also support students in developing time management skills. Also, students are motivated to make informed decisions from a range of options as to which aspects of their work they would like to request feedback. The critical nature of the in-class discussion will help foster openness by encouraging students to understand and discuss contrasting perspectives.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Air Transport Management MSc 2 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 2023/4 academic year.