• Department of Aviation & Management

Courses Description

Course credits and hours are numbered as the following example:

CS 101 Computer Programming I. Credits: 4 (3, 1, 2).

Credit hours 4 (Lecture, Tutorial, Lab). This means that the course carries (4) credit hours and entails weekly (3) hours of lecturing, (1) hour of tutorial activity, and (2) hours of lab time.

Course Numbers and Credit Hours

PSU course numbering system is as follows:
    001-099    Courses which do not earn graduation credit.
    100-199    Lower division undergraduates; freshman level.
    200-299    Upper division undergraduates; sophomore level.
    300-399    Upper division undergraduates; junior level.
    400-499    Upper division undergraduates; senior level.
In addition, the following numbers are assigned to special courses/programs:
    xxx 490    Internship, in the relevant major program.
    xxx 492    Co-Op, in the relevant major program.
    xxx 494    Industry Link, in the relevant major program.
    xxx 498    Senior Project, in the relevant major program (1 hour).
    xxx 499    Senior Project, in the relevant major program (3 hours).

All courses carry (3) credit hours unless otherwise stated. In addition, all courses carry no prerequisites unless stated. Please check the respective department for latest information.

Prefix Course Prefix Course
ACC Accounting IS Computer Information Systems
ARAB Arabic Language ISC Islamic Culture
BUS Business Administration MATH Math
COM Communication MKT Marketing
CS Computer Science PE Physical Education
ECON Economics PHY Physics
ENGL English PSY Psychology
ETHC Professional Ethics SCI Science
EUR European Language STAT Statistics
FIN Finance
HPE Health & Physical Education
ID Interior Design
IR Information Resources


(Year 1, Semester 1)
BUS 101 Introduction to Business
Credits: 3 (3,0,0).
This course is a survey of the modern business world. It provides the student with a general knowledge of the composition and functions of the business organization as well as its role as a social institution. The course deals with business environments, management functions (planning, organization, and control), and business functions (marketing, human resources, operations, and finance). This course is a prerequisite to all higher courses in business.

SCI 101 Introductions to Physical Science
Credits: 3 (3,0,0)          Prerequisite: None

It is surveying physical sciences such as physics, chemistry, earth sciences, and astronomy, the fundamental components of space, time, matter, and energy, as well as the scientific methods.

MATH 101 Finite
Mathematics Credits: 3 (3,0,0)         Prerequisite: None

System of linear equations, matrices, introduction to linear programming. Sets and counting techniques. Introduction to probability theory. Introduction to finance mathematics.

ENG 101 English Writing I

 Credits: 3 (3,0,0)          Prerequisite: None

The composition element of this introduction to academic discourse is organized on the basis of the principal methods of exposition (comparison, casual analysis, etc.) at the level of the sentence, paragraph and composition. Attention is also paid to such important aspects of text as coherence, unity, conciseness, and sentence readability; and to problem areas of grammar and sentence structure such as fragments, fused sentences, and subject-verb disagreement. The reading element focuses on ways to improve student reading of technically oriented textbooks, encyclopedias, and specialist periodicals. Finally, a significant part of the course attempts to teach students how to make use of a large monolingual dictionary, The American Heritage Dictionary.

ARAB 101 Arabic Writing I

Credits: 2 (2,0,0)          Prerequisite: None

This is the first part of university-level Arabic writing course. The course aims at providing the student with a detailed knowledge of Arabic grammar, usage, punctuation and paragraphing in order to improve his writing skills. The student is given practice in writing simple sentences, and combining them into compound and complex sentences using punctuation marks. The course seeks to improve the students writing abilities and style. This includes writing long paragraphs and whole essays. Students are required to write several essays, both in and out of class, in addition to one research paper.

ISC 101 Islamic Ethics

Credits: 2 (2,0,0)          Prerequisite: None

This course aims at defining the concept of ethics and its importance to human life. It also touches upon related areas, such as, the origins of morals and ethics, types of human behavior and their motives, human ethics and their purposes. It also defines the various categories and classifications of ethical behavior, the degrees of ethics, the types and manifestations of vice, and how the Holy Quran and the Sunnah honor, purge and exalt the human soul. The course also offers examples of ethical behavior such as, truthfulness, honesty, faithfulness, modesty, benevolence and good conduct.

PE xxx Physical Education

Credits: 1 (0,0,2)

Each activity is 1-credit hour and meets two hours aweek. Students may repeat the same activity but they cannot register for more than one hour per semester. Activities are offered at various levels of instruction; level (a) is beginner and (b) is intermediate.

(Year 1, Semester 2)

ACC 101 Introduction to Financial Accounting

Credits: 3 (3,1,0).

This course introduces the student to the basic accounting concepts, the operation of accounting systems, and the preparation and interpretation of financial statements in business firms. Topics include the need for accounting information, concepts underlying the preparation of financial statements in business firms, the accounting cycle, and other measurement and disclosure issues.

ECON 101 Microeconomic Analysis

Credits: 3 (3,0,0).

This course provides an introduction to the elements of microeconomic analysis. Topics include; consumer behavior, production theory, the role of market structure and prices, and resource allocation.

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

Credits: 3 (3,0,0)         Prerequisite: None

This is a survey course of the major areas of study in psychology such as: motivation, learning, physiology, personality theories, social psychology, psychological disorders and treatment, perception, memory, and cognition/thought. This course is organized around six approaches / perspectives, as we will call them. Each perspective has its own terminology and distinctive manner to the study of psychological processes. By the time the course is over, you should know much more about each perspective and thus, have a good beginning understanding of what psychology is about. The six perspectives to be covered are as Behavioral, Cognitive, Biological, Development, Social, and Individual. Because this is a survey course, we will only touch lightly on these perspectives. You may find them useful now and later as you try to understand your own behavior and that of others around you.

ENG 103 English Writing II

Credits: 3 (3,0,0)         Prerequisite: ENG 101

The course starts with paraphrase and the synthesis of ideas from several different sources. Library skills follow. Students are familiarized with the University library’s circulation and reference sections; they are taught how to locate printed materials by using the library’s computer catalog. Other basic research skills taught include the writing of bibliographies and the use of documentation. Finally, students are instructed in narrowing a topic, taking notes from sources and formatting a team paper.

ARAB 103 Arabic Writing II

Credits: 2 (2,0,0)         Prerequisite: ARAB 101

This second-level Arabic writing course aims at providing students with the skills necessary for scientific and technical writing style. This includes learning certain skills necessary for technical and scientific writing of reports, formats, definitions, descriptions, explaining processes, and establishing comparisons. Students are asked to make at least two oral presentations, as well as a number of written assignments in and out of class.

ISC 103 Islamic Economic Systems

Credits: 2 (2,0,0)         Prerequisite: None

The course aims at expounding the Islamic economic system and shows how to implement it in our daily affairs. It also touches upon Islamic economic system in its relationship to Islamic Law, in its handling of modern economic problems, as well as its views on property, ownership, inheritance, and economic welfare. The course also compares Islamic solutions to modern economic problems with those of other secular economic systems. Issues like, production, distribution, consumption, contracts, finances are also treated from an Islamic point of view.

IS 101 Introductions to Information Technology

Credits: 2 (2,0,1).         Prerequisite: None.

(For non-IS and CS majors) A survey of computers and information technology and their applications in society. Topics covered include: database applications and implications, telecommunications and networking, artificial intelligence, graphics, hypermedia, and multimedia. Computers at work, at home, and at schools. Computer security, and risks. An out-look on computers current and future impacts on individuals, business, and society as a whole. Students are introduced to simple Web page design and development with tools.

(Year 2, Semester 1)

ACC 102 Introductions to Managerial Accounting

Credits: 3 (3,1,0).         Prerequisite: ACC 101.

This is an introductory course that introduces the students to the need of accounting information for management use, and to the basic concepts and techniques of managerial accounting. The focus of this course is an how to produce accounting information for short and long-term planning, decision marking, and performance evaluation and control.

BUS 102 Principles of Management

Credits: 3 (3,0,0).

It analyzes the scope of the manager’s role and fundamental management principles. It further defines the role of management and discusses the major contributions to the evolution of management theory. It spells out managerial functions, skills, and theoretical approaches that can be used within the manager's unique environment, and demonstrates the process of setting objectives, planning, decision-making, and strategy formulation. The students can identify types of organizational structures and understand accepted theories of leadership and motivation. They will also realize the importance of having knowledge of global management for the domestic managers. In addition, they will have a thorough idea about the control function and processes.

ECON 103 Macroeconomic Analysis

Credits: 3 (3,0,0).

This course provides an introduction to the elements of macroeconomic analysis. Topics include determination of national income, composition of output, and inflation and unemployment. This course also discusses also the role of government; spending, regulation, taxation, monetary and fiscal policy.

STAT 101 Introductions to Statistics and Probability Theory

Credits: 3 (3,1,0)          Prerequisite: MATH 111

Estimation of some statistical distributions such as mean, variance, and their applications. Random variables and frequency distributions. Averages and variance. The binomial and normal distribution. Sampling distributions and elementary inference. Data collection and presentation, descriptive statistics. Discrete probability and probability theory. Probability distributions (Normal, Poisson, etc.) and applications.

COM 201 Communication Skills

Credits: 3 (3,0,0) Prerequisite: ENGL 101

The course is designed to familiarize students with the processes of communication in interpersonal, organizational, mass and inter-cultural contexts. Topics covered include: communication paradigms, perceptual processes, personal and professional relationships. The course also includes materials related to verbal and non-verbal communication, communication technology, and the role communication plays in culture.

ARAB 203 Arabic Writing III

Credits: 2 (2,0,0) Prerequisite: ARAB 103

This course focuses on developing practical Arabic language skills for those students preparing to study and work in scientific and technological fields as well as in fields of business. Its various teaching units are meant to build on writing skills already acquired in previous courses, namely Arab 101 and Arab 103. Therefore the course aims to provide exercise materials on formal aspects of language, such as grammar and vocabulary associated with the Arabic used in science, technology, computer, and business. It is also designed with the aim of developing the student abilities to express in Arabic the concepts involved on studying those subjects.

(Year 2, Semester 2)

AVM 201 Introduction to Air Transport Industry

Credits: 3         Prerequisite: BUS 102

The students will be exposed to the core concepts, characteristics and principles of air transport business and aviation management. They will understand the structure of the air transport industry and air transport practices. They will be able to appreciate the regional and worldwide industry trends and recognize ethical issues in business practices within the industry.

BUS 201 Organizational Behavior

Credits: 3 (3,0,0).          Prerequisite: BUS 101.

This course provides the student with a general review needed to understand and predict behavior in organizations at the individual, group, and organizational levels. The course discusses such related topics as motivation, attitudes, leadership, power, and managerial decision making as well as organizational design, change and development.

BUS 231 Legal Environment of Business

Credits: 3 (3,0,0).          Prerequisite: BUS 101.

It is introduction to the legal environment in which business operates. Topics covered include forms of doing business in Saudi Arabia, commercial regulations and laws, and the main elements of corporation Law in Saudi Arabia. Also included are legal aspects of managerial decisions, such as contracts, sales, banking security instruments, patents, negotiable instruments, and leases.

FIN 301 Principles of Finance

Credits: 3 (3,1,0).         Prerequisite: BUS 101, ACC 101.

The course is an introduction to financial management and finance functions. Topics include financial analysis, planning and control, time value of money, risk analysis, valuation, capital budgeting, cost of capital, acquisition of fund through borrowing, stock issue, and dividend policies. This course is a prerequisite to more advanced finance courses.

MKT 301 Principles of Marketing

Credits: 3 (3,0,0).          Prerequisite: BUS 101.

This course presents an overview of the marketing activities and the decisions affecting them in consumer, industrial, and international markets. Marketing planning and decision making are examined from firms' and consumers' points of view. Topics include the marketing concept and its company-wide implications, integration of marketing with other functions, the activities of marketing research, identification of marketing opportunities, and the development of marketing mix strategies including the decisions concerning pricing, distribution, promotion and product design, and marketing systems views in terms of both public and private policy. This course is a prerequisite to all higher marketing courses.

STAT 271 Statistical Analysis

Credits: 3 (3,0,0). Prerequisite: STAT 101.

It is advanced statistical techniques. Topics include multiple regressions, the analysis of variance, the analysis of covariance, stepwise approach to multiple regressions, nonparametric methods; time series analysis, use of index numbers in economic data, classical inference and properties of good estimator (unbiasedness, consistency, efficiency). Relaxation of the classical provisions. Applied project is required with the emphasis on the use of statistical packages (SAS, SPSS, etc..) throughout the course.

(Year 3, Semester 1)

AVM 310 Aviation Laws and Policies

Credits: 3 (3,0,0).          Prerequisite: BUS 231, AVM201.

Students will understand the legal structure of aviation industry and identify local and international organizations responsible for regulating or deregulating the aviation issues. They will understand the international treaties which affect the operations of aviation industry, and be familiar with local legal issues relating to aviation. The course will discuss the law and its relationship to the aviation regulatory regime, legal principles and concepts, as they apply to the aviation industry.

AVM 320 Airline Operations

Credits: 3 (3,0,0).          Prerequisite: AVM201.

It describes commercial airline operations and key benchmarks for airline operations. Students will understand the contribution of different aviation departments to airline operations and the way the departments are integrated together to achieve operational goals. The students will have knowledge of fuel management, catering, gate assignment and baggage handling as such functions are integral components of airline operations.

AVM 330 Airport Operations

Credits: 3 (3,0,0).          Prerequisite: AVM201.

The course provides knowledge relating to airport planning, management, and operations that is required to begin an airport management career. Students will evaluate and use airport master plans, state airport system plans, and airport layout plans. They will gain knowledge of essential security principles. The course Introduces conceptual models and simulations such as TAAM, terminal crowd simulation etc. The students will also have an exposure to the financing of airport operations.

BUS 351 International Business

Credits: 3 (3,0,0).          Prerequisite: BUS 101

This course is a survey of international business operations and functional activities. It provides a thorough examination of international trade and investment patterns, international business environments, and the effects of international business on the objectives of both the international firms, and nation states. It also presents issues involved in managing a multinational firm, and addresses current issues and trends affecting Saudi international business involvement.

CS 202 Computer Applications for Business

Credits: 3 (2,0,2).          Prerequisite: at least 60 credit hours

This main purpose of this course is to provide students with computer application skills especially in the areas of accounting, finance, and marketing. Applications covered include, electronic spreadsheet and its macros, statistical analysis, graphics and presentations tools, and database management. In addition, students must be proficient in word processing in order to complete graded assignments.

 (Year 3, Semester 2)

AVM 340 Airline Management

Credits: 3 (3,0,0). Prerequisite: AVM310 & AVM320.

Students will recognize the important role played by all segments of the air transportation industry, and recognize the characteristics, scope, and economic significance of the aerospace industry and its major segments - the government market and the commercial market. They will study the fundamentals of airline business management, identify the major governmental agencies and industry associations that play an important role in interfacing with the industry, understand management philosophy of the major air carriers including a breakdown of departments and their functions, understand the importance of forecasting in the planning process and identify the primary forecasting techniques, and recognize the critical role of schedule planning in allocation of air carrier's resources

AVM 350 Airport Management

Credits: 3           Prerequisite: AVM 310 & AVM 330

Students will be introduced to the major functions of managing an airport such as planning, organizing, evaluating and controlling of airport activities. Students will learn how to apply fundamental management theory to manage airports; determine an airport's capacity and assess the potential for delays; evaluate the environmental impact of an airport; understand the process required to obtain capital funding for airport improvements; evaluate the security of an airport; and prepare basic airport emergency response procedures.

AVM 370 Air Cargo and Logistics

Credits: 3 (3,0,0).          Prerequisite: AVM310.

The course will provide a thorough knowledge of physical supply, in-plant movement and storage, physical distribution that comprise logistics systems in the aviation industry, facility location, transportation, networks, and logistics information systems, air cargo management and supply chain management. The students will have exposure to intra and inter industry competition in air cargo industry, facilities and intermediaries involved in air cargo movement, air cargo security challenges, air cargo operations, network design and fleet planning, inventory management, warehousing, and air cargo revenue management.

BUS 373 Management Information Systems

Credits: 3 (3,0,0)         Prerequisite: STAT 101, BUS 101 or EM 315

This course covers what every senior manager needs to know about using information systems to enable strategy and get more value from it. The course focuses on the strategic impact and business value that can be achieved rather than the details of the technology. Issues around the governance of information systems will pervade the course. Class sessions involve explaining concepts, working examples, and discussing cases. A wide range of topics in information systems are covered, including: global e-business, e-commerce, organization and strategy of information systems management, information security, communication, ethics etc.

ETHC 301 Business Ethics

Credits: 3 (3,0,0)          Prerequisite: BUS 101+ at least 60 credit hours

This course will examine business ethics and their relationship to the social, political, and business environments. The course is built on two major themes: business ethics and corporate social responsibility. Discussion will provide a setting for a thorough analysis of environmental and societal problems as they relate to business and direct students’ attention to the strong need for sound business ethics in addressing business, environmental, and social issues. A major goal of the course is to provide students with a set of parameters by which they can develop ethical decision making skills.

(Year 4)

AVM 410 IT in Air Transport Industry

Credits: 3 (3,0,0)          Prerequisite: IS101, AVM340, AVM 350

The course will develop knowledgeable and effective users of information technology in aviation and aerospace management occupations. A combination of technical and managerial material is presented. This material is necessary to achieve an understanding of the operations and strategic uses of management information systems in the aviation industry. Emphasis is placed on the use of computers as an information processor, a decision tool, and a means of linking management more closely to the organization. In addition, topics relating to the management of information resources are presented.

AVM 430 Aviation Safety and Security

Credits: 3 (3,0,0)          Prerequisite:AVM340, AVM350 & AVM370

This course provides students with the necessary skills and practical methods to plan and maintain an effective aviation safety management system. Students will be acquainted with aviation accident prevention systems and have the necessary knowledge related to human factors in aviation safety management system. They will learn life support skills, fire prevention skills, the necessary skills related to accident investigation, crash survivability skills, and the right skills related to the development and analysis of aviation safety programs. They will be prepared for the field in the aviation maintenance with real life examples.

AVM 450 HR in Aviation Management

Credits: 3 (3,0,0)          Prerequisite: AVM 350 & AVM 340

The student will be able to discuss the Role of HR practices in Aviation Management, recognize basic aspects of human resource activity within an organization, describe the kinds of tools and systems that a HR practitioner would be expected to employ, identify ways in which HR activities are concerned not only with employees but also with customers, suppliers and the general public. Along side with acquiring such knowledge, the students will develop certain skills like communication skills, analytical skills and information search skills through case studies, presentations and assignments given as part of the course.

ISC 105 Holy Quran Sciences

Credits: 2 (2,0,0)          Prerequisite: None.

This course aims at introducing the Quranic sciences, and what kinds should be studied, so as to expose the student to the correct concept of the holy Quran, in order to apply it correctly, as the accepted science is which in conformity with the reason, and the rejected one is not pursuant to it. The most important requisites of the knowledge of the Quranic sciences is the awareness of its interpretation, the perception of its miraculous aspects, knowing its flawless, ambiguity, abrogation, abrogated, absolute, restricted, and other aspects of its eloquence. Without studying the above subjects the study of the Holy Quran will be inadequate and the student will be deprived of a lot of knowledge.

AVM 460 Air Transport Economics

Credits: 3 (3,0,0)           Prerequisite AVM340 & AVM350

This course merges the institutional and technical aspects of the aviation industry with their theoretical economic underpinnings. It applies economic theory to all aspects of the aviation industry, bringing together the numerous and informative articles and institutional developments that have characterized the field of airline economics in the previous decades. The course offers a self-contained theory and applications-orientation for any individual intent on entering the aviation industry as a practicing professional in the management area. It provides an accessible and practical explanation of the underlying economic forces that shape the industry.

AVM 480 Trends in Air Transportation

Credits: 3 (3,0,0)          Prerequisite AVM340 & AVM350

Students will understand the existing and new trends in air transportation. They will be able to discuss emerging issues relevant to air transport and aviation industry, particularly the issues related to increasing fuel cost, profitability challenges and efficiency issues, customer care and satisfaction, environmental pollutions, increasing security challenges, technological advancements, and prospects of cooperation and collaborations between competitors. They will analyze Saudi Arabia’s special issues and challenges related to travel of pilgrims to Holy sites, study the impact of air transport on the Saudi and regional economies, discuss how the air transport industry integrates with emerging industries such as tourism and new economic cities/zones, and assess future challenges and opportunities of air transport.

AVM 490 Internship in Aviation Management

Credits: 3 (3,0,0)          Prerequisite: good academic record and completed 90 credit hours

It will introduce students to the actual functioning of a firm in the aviation industry through experiential learning, expose them to the challenges of work environment, inspire their analytical skills by confronting them to real-life business situations, discipline their behaviour to match with the expectations of the industry, improve their teamwork and work-communication skills, and familiarize them with business etiquettes.

BUS 495 Strategic Management and Business Policy

Credits: 3 (3,0,0).           Prerequisite: MKT 301, FIN 301, AVM 340 & AVM 350.

This is the capstone course in the undergraduate business curriculum. It integrates the knowledge and skills the student gains in other courses and allows him to use them in formulating a sound business strategy. Business strategy is considered within the framework of a global competitive environment and real-life cases are analyzed and discussed and cross-functional solutions are sought.

ISC 203 New Financial Transactions

Credits: 2 (2,0,0)           Prerequisite: ISC 103

The company, as a type of contracts, raised a long time ago, to meet the needs of the people. The development of social life led to different kinds of companies and contracts, which can be expressed as modern financial transactions, such as partnership company, limited partnership company, joint venture company, joint stock company, limited liability company, mixed economics company, public joint stock company, and insurance company. This is studied in addition to the companies known in the Islamic jurisprudence in the past such as proprietorship company, permission partnership company, all kinds of contracts companies, and speculation company. The course clarifies these modern financial transactions and the viewpoint of the Islamic Shari’a on them.

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