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Sustainability in the Aviation Industry

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Sustainability in the Aviation Industry
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Aviation Business (Basic), Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2018
Module code: ABBG55
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
4V (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 6
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:
Written composition with presentation

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Exam recurrence:
The information regarding exam recurrence is found within the exam policy of the study programme (ASPO).
Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

ABBG55 (P410-0081) Aviation Business (Basic), Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2015 , semester 6, optional course
ABBG55 (P410-0081) Aviation Business (Basic), Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2018 , semester 6, optional course
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
ABBG23 Accounting and Airline Profitability
ABBG24 Investment, Financing & Controlling
ABBG26 Organization & Human Resources Management
ABBG31 Structure and Functions of the Global Air Transportation Business

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Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Joachim Klein
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Joachim Klein

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Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module, students will be familiar with five dimensions of sustainable and responsible corporate responsibility in the airline industry, in particular the German airlines, and will be able to define the contents and objectives of each dimension: They will be familiar with the concepts of economic sustainability, social responsibility, climate and environmental responsibility, corporate governance and compliance as well as corporate citizenship and will be able to illustrate them with examples. Students will document the statements of the national and international airline industry associations and develop the main topics of the aviation industry´s four-pillar strategy for climate protection.
Using the example of a German airline (Deutsche Lufthansa AG), they will examine the current status of developments and the medium and long-term planning of measures for each key topic. Students will use these results to validate whether the industry´s objective and voluntary commitment, to achieve climate-neutral growth from 2020 and a 50 percent reduction in net CO2 emissions from aviation by 2050 compared to 2005, is realistic.

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Module content:
1. Dimensions of corporate responsibility
1.1. Economic sustainability
1.2. Social responsibility
1.3. Climate and environmental responsibility
1.4. Corporate governance and compliance
1.5. Corporate citizenship  
2. Climate and responsibility
2.1. Four-pillar strategy of the aviation industry for climate protection
2.2. Kerosene and emissions
2.3. Biofuel in long-term trials
2.4. Fuel efficiency
2.5. Air traffic management
2.6. Emissions trading
2.7. Environmental management
2.8. Energy and resource management
2.9. Noise emission
3. Summary and outlook

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Teaching methods/Media:
Seminaristic lecture, group work, presentation of results

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Recommended or required reading:
- Burschel, C., Losen, D., Wiendl, A. (2004): Betriebswirtschaftslehre der Nachhaltigen Unternehmung, Oldenburg Wissenschaftsverlag, München.
- Klein, S. (2011): Die Bedeutung nachhaltigen Verhaltens von Unternehmen: ein interdisziplinärer Ansatz, Compendio Bildungsmedien AG, Zürich.
- OECD (2014): Höhepunkte des Weltverkehrsforum 2013: Finanzierungskonzepte für das Verkehrswesen, OECD Publishing.
- Dyckhoff, H., Souren, R. (2008): Nachhaltige Unternehmensführung: Grundzüge Industriellen Umweltmanagements, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg.
- Deutsche Lufthansa AG: Balance (Nachhaltigkeitsbericht der Lufthansa Group), Frankfurt am Main, latest edition.

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