To introduce students to the aviation industry and consider the contemporary issues in a complex socio-technical system.


Students enrolled into the Bachelor of Aviation (Flying/Management) program are excluded from enrolling into GENS5003.

For further General Education requirments, please visit the UNSW Handbook.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Lecturer in Charge

The Lecturer in Charge is Mr. Trevor Bock of the School of Aviation. Trevor can be contacted by his email


This is a Web-enabled course equivalent to 28 hours contact time.

Required Texts

There are no compulsory texts for this course.

Recommended Texts

  • Current Aviation Internet information

Learning Resources

The University of New South Wales provides a range of resources to help students develop their skills and to realise their full potential. The Learning Centre, located at the entrance to the Library provides guidance material, which is also available on-line.