School of Aviation
AVIA 3710 Aviation Research Methods


This 6 UoC course aims to help students to develop an advanced understanding of an aspect of safety within the aviation industry while developing research, report writing and presentation skills.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of a specific aviation safety topic;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the research process as applied to safety management;
  • Develop a research proposal on a specific aviation safety topic;
  • Write a report evidencing good practice in report writing;
  • Present their work to peers in an oral or poster format in a seminar environment;
  • Summarise their work in leaflet format; and
  • Gain an overview of a variety of safety-related topics via student seminars.


Professor Ann Williamson


To be advised.

Required Texts

  • Wiggins, M. W., & Stevens, C. (1999). Aviation Social Science: Research Methods in Practice. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

Recommended Texts

  • Bell, J. (1999). Doing your Research Project: a Guide for First-Time Researchers in Education and Social Science. Milton Keynes, England: Open University Press. Earlier editions: S 370.78/100, G 370.78/100 A.
  • Blaxter, L., Hughes, C. and Tight, M. (1996). How To Research. Buckingham: Open University Press, 1996. Earlier editions: G 001.42/34
  • Corbetta, P. (2003). Social Research: Theory, Methods and Techniques. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.
  • Creswell, J.W. (2003). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Method Approaches (2nd Ed.). Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications. S 300.72/239 C.
  • Gray, D.E. (2004). Doing Research in the Real World. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.
  • Kumar, R. (2005). Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners (Second Edition). Melbourne: Addison Wesley Longman. S 001.4/33C, S 001.4/33D.
  • Rozakis, L.E. (2004). Complete Idiot's Guide to Research Methods. Alpha books.

All of the above are available via the UNSW Bookshop. Other safety-related books, journal articles, conference proceedings, reports, etc., and will depend on your chosen topic for research.

You will find that safety-related books and periodicals are spread among various sections in the library – use the Library Resource Database. Additional readings and resources will be indicated during lectures. Also check MyCourse@UNSWLibrary regularly for course readings.

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.

In particular, students may wish to access the following:

Note-Taking Skills
The Basics of Essay Writing
Answering Assignment Questions
Report Writing FAQs
The Basics of Studying for Exams
Surviving Exams
Exam Skills
The American Psychological Association (APA) Referencing System