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2-Year Full-time Government-funded Top-up Degree ProgrammeAOS leaflet 201910 Page 1
(Programme Code: 45497)

Aviation Operations and Systems (AOS) concerns the design and development, planning and scheduling, and implementation and control of various processes, operations, and systems in aviation and related industries. Particular emphasis is given to the development of new processes, new operations, new systems, and the reengineering of existing processes, operations, and systems. This enables better understanding of the complex problems and interrelationships of various aviation operations, and draws on specialised knowledge and skills in engineering, management, and social sciences to specify, optimize, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such processes, operations, and systems.


Characteristics of the programme

Hong Kong needs to upgrade its manpower to meet the aviation industry’s prevailing and future demands, maintaining its competitiveness in the rapidly changing world and highly competitive markets in the region.  Only university graduates possessing profound aviation-related professional knowledge and diverse management skill-sets have the ability and adaptability to be successful in such an environment.  This programme is designed from a multi-stakeholder perspective to cover the whole spectrum of the aviation industry, spanning policy, management, operations, logistics, and systems levels. Various relevant departments are collaborating to co-design and deliver this programme, including the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, the Department of Logistics & Maritime Studies, and the School of Hotel & Tourism Management.  The programme offers a highly integrated, broad-based education aimed at producing degree-level aviation professionals to meet the high-level diverse manpower needs of the aviation industry.  


Through the AOS programme, students will be able to practice and understand different common technological systems and processes found in the aviation industry. Moreover, by undertaking hands-on projects, students will also be able to integrate their academic knowledge with practical skills covering key engineering tasks including: problem identification, design, fabrication, and evaluation.  Students will also be trained to become specialists in aviation areas such as aircraft logistics, airline operations and revenue management, and inflight service management.


Aims of the programme

The overall aim of this programme is to produce professionals who are competent in the design, development, planning, scheduling, controlling, executing, and managing aviation operations, systems, and related technologies. In this programme, students will study the underpinning Industrial Engineering fundamentals and theory used in aviation operations and systems. As a consequence, graduates of the programme will become competitive professionals in aviation operations and systems for the local and global aviation industry.

Programme Details


2 years (Normal) 


No. of Credits

66 credits (plus 4 IC training credits)


Year 1

(33 credits + 4 IC training credits)

Semester 1(16 credits + 2 IC training credits)
Introduction to Aviation Industries (ISE3012) 3
Data Management in Aviation Industries (ISE3013) 3
Warehouse Technologies and Management (ISE3014) 3
Applications of Operations Research in Aviation (ISE3015) 3
Professional Communication in Chinese (CLC3241P) 2
CAR I# 3
Integrated Aviation Systems Project (IC383) 2 IC training credits
Semester 2 (17 credits + 2 IC training credits)
Systems Modeling and Simulation (ISE3004) 3
Engineering Costing and Evaluation (ISE431) 3
Total Quality Management (ISE404) 3
Airport Management (LGT4012) 3
Professional Communication in English (ELC3521) 2
Integrated Aviation Systems Project (IC383) - cont'd 2 IC training credits


Year 2

(33 credits)

Semester 1(18 credits)
Service-Learning# 3
Society and the Engineer (ENG3004) 3
Airport Logistics Engineering (ISE4015) 3
Fleet and Flight Management (ISE4022) 3
Elective 1 3
Individual Project (ISE4008) 3
Semester 2 (15 credits)
Airline Strategy and Management (LGT4800) 3
Aviation Safety and Security Management (ISE3016) 3
Project Management (ENG4001) 3
Elective 2 3
Individual Project (ISE4008) - cont'd 3
List of electives (Select TWO from the following subjects) 
Inflight Service Management  HTM4401
Environmental Management in the Travel and Hospitality Industry HTM4402
Mobile Technologies for Logistics Systems  ISE449 
Green Legislation and Supply Chain Logistics  ISE461 
Aircraft Service Engineering and Logistics  ISE4014
Risk Management in Aviation  ISE4023
Air Flight Operations Management  LGT3027
Quality Management  LGT3106
Airline Operations and Revenue Management  LGT3800
Information Systems for Logistics Management  LGT4017

# General University Requirements (GUR) subjects

Students may take these subjects according to their own schedule or students are recommended to take CAR subjects in the summer term to lessen their workload.

* Those students not meeting the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree LCR (based on their previous studies in AD/HD programme and their academic performance) will be required to take degree LCR subjects on top of the normal curriculum requirement.


Programme Document


Career Prospects

Some typical examples of job positions are:

  • Aviation Business Analysts
  • Aviation Project Engineers
  • Aviation Safety Engineers
  • Ground Operations Engineers
  • Crew Operations Officers
  • Passenger Services Officers
  • Fleet Technical Engineers
  • Cargo Services Coordinators
  • Airworthiness Engineers
  • Revenue Management Officers
  • Inventory Management Analysts
  • Client Support Executives
  • Quality Assurance Engineers
  • Operations Engineers
  • Systems Engineers
  • Planning Engineers

Future Studies

PolyU AOS graduates are eligible to apply to study the Master of Aviation Management (MAM) programme at University of New South Wales (UNSW) with advanced standing. The total units of credit (UOC) for MAM@UNSW is 96. Qualified AOS graduates only need to study 48 UOC.

Introduction to University of New South Wales (UNSW)

UNSW is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities. Established in 1949, UNSW is home to more than 52,000 students from over 130 countries and an alumni community of 250,000 that spans the world (https://www.unsw.edu.au/). UNSW is one of the highest ranked university which offers aviation degrees and flight training and undertakes aviation research. Programmes and facilities are managed through the School of Aviation (http://www.aviation.unsw.edu.au/).

Benefit for PolyU AOS students

Students who complete the AOS program and apply to the Master of Aviation Management at UNSW Sydney, may be eligible for advanced standing. Up to 48 UOC or 8 courses will be awarded to eligible students who have completed the AOS Bachelor degree and apply to UNSW within 2 years of completion.

What you need to know

Campus to attend the course: All courses are offered via distance education through a learning and teaching website called Moodle. Students can study anywhere in the world as long as they have a computer and internet access. Also it means they can seek for employment while competing the MAvMgmt. Part-time study mode is available too.


For more information: Contact aviation@unsw.edu.au if you need assistance. Please state in the subject line of the email that you are from the AOS program at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


Please note:

  • The information above is accurate at the time of publication and may be subject to change.
  • It is the responsibility of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University to advise UNSW Science/School of Aviation of any changes to the curriculum.




(23 Apr 2020)



Prof. FU Xiaowen, Programme Leader


Ms Tiffany Lam