BSAB418 full course – Discussions , Assignments – 2015

BSAB 418 Module 1.4 Discussion

1.4 – Discussion: Current Political and Operational
Issues

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After completing your readings for this week, use the Web
and other sources to obtain data on airports and their government structures.
Answer the following question in a Discussion Forum Post:

  1. Choose
    two airports (with different airport structures) and explain their
    government structure.
  2. Identify
    three problems with each airport’s government structure and three
    benefits of each airport’s government structure.
  3. Imagine
    you are an airport manager and explain which government structure your
    ideal airport would have and why.
  4. Remember
    to comment on at least two of your classmates posts.

BSAB 418 Module 2.4 Discussion

2.4 – Discussion: Current Privatization issues

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  1. Choose
    one of the 6 airports listed in ACRP Report 66, Chapter 9- Considering and
    Evaluating Airport Privatization.
  2. Post
    a summary of your airport and include your viewpoint on the pros/cons of
    airport privatization.
  3. Be
    sure to include additional resources for your post.
  4. Comment
    on at least two of your classmates posts

BSAB 418 Module 3.3 & 3.6 Discussion

3.3 Discussion

 

3.3 – Discussion: Airport Revenue and Expense Streams

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After completing your readings for this week, use the Web
and other sources to obtain data on airports and their annual financial
reports.

  1. Review
    an airport’s annual report for at least two consecutive years.
  2. Choose
    an airport department, and assume the role of the department manager.
  3. Prepare
    and present an analysis of your departments budget, as if you were
    attending an airport budgeting meeting.
  4. Recommend
    at least two financial strategies for your department that would increase
    revenues and decrease expenses.
  5. Remember
    to comment on at least two of your classmates posts.

3.6 Discussion

3.6 – Discussion: Research Paper Topic Selection

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Post a summary of your research paper problem statement.

In addition, you will comment on at least two of
your classmates posts, contributing to their conversation towards enhancing
their research paper development. This forum will be used throughout the course
to address research paper issues.

Refer to 9.4 – Research Paper for detailed
assignment information and the Resources Wikipage for research resources.

This is a required but ungraded assignment.

 

BSAB 418 Module 4.5 Discussion

4.5 – Discussion: Managerial Decisions & Financial
Credit Rating

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  1. Review
    the following documents:
    Peer Review of U.S. Airports (pdf)
    Credit Ratings and Cash Reserves: How They Influence the
    Borrowing Costs of Airports
     (pdf)
  2. Choose
    two airports from Fitch Ratings Appendix D with different Infrastructure
    Development/Renewal Scoring.
  3. Compare
    your airports based upon the information provided in these documents (and
    any additional resources you find). Focus on the airport’s Capital
    Improvement Program and financial strategy (compensatory vs. residual) and
    provide an evaluation of each airport’s managerial decisions that you
    believe contributed to the airports Financial Credit Rating. Note: Include
    a discussion about an airline’s cost per enplanement.
  4. Be
    sure to comment on at least two of your classmates posts.

 

BSAB 418 Module 5.3 Discussion

5.3 – Discussion: Group Presentation

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  1. One
    member from each group will post the group presentation to this forum.
  2. Review two other
    group presentations and provide a well thought out rebuttal that includes
    supporting evidence.
  3. Each
    group will collaborate to defend its presentation and address each point
    other groups make.

 

BSAB 418 Module 6.3 Discussion

6.3 – Discussion: Analysis of Federal Laws, Regulations,
and Case Law

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  1. Review
    ACRP Legal Research Digest 10: Analysis of Federal Laws, Regulations, and
    Case Law Regarding Airport Proprietary Rights found in6.2 – Ancillary Resources, focusing
    on chapter 4.
  2. Summarize
    your findings and post your thoughts on the chapter.
  3. Be
    sure to include additional research supporting your viewpoint.
  4. Respond
    to at least two of your peers.

BSAB 418 Module 7.3 Discussion

7.3 – Discussion: FAA Air Carrier Incentive Program

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  1. Review
    the FAA Air Carrier Incentive Program Guidebook: A Reference for Airport
    Sponsors found in 7.2 – Ancillary Resources.
  2. Prepare
    a discussion post that comments on each of the 4 steps outlined in the
    program and provide your thoughts regarding the pros/cons of the program.
  3. Respond
    to at least two of your peers.

 

BSAB 418 Module 8.3 Discussion

8.3 – Discussion: Airport Legal Case

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  1. Visit
    Hunt Library Database search and access LexisNexis Academic database.
  2. Select
    advanced options, then select Content Type “State and Federal Cases”, and
    use the search term “Airport”. Click “Apply”.
  3. Sort
    your results by “Newest to Oldest”.
  4. Select
    an airport administration relevant Legal Case that interests you.
  5. Summarize
    your selected case, evaluate the arguments for and against the case, and
    state your viewpoint on the findings.
  6. Be
    sure to research additional sources to support your findings.
  7. Reply
    to at least two of your peers

 

BSAB 418 Module 9.3 Discussion

9.3 – Discussion: ACI Benchmarking Surveys

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Choose and review one of the following three ACI
Benchmarking surveys AND relevant Ancillary Resources provided.

Post a summary of the survey, and propose an ‘airport
business strategy’ that incorporates information you found into a practical
application.

 

 

BSAB 418 Module 2.5 – Case Study 1

Prepare a 2 – 3 page Case Study.

  1. Summarize
    the privatization program in the U.S.
  2. Research
    privatized airports and comment on what you have found regarding the
    success and failures of privatized airports. Give specific examples of
    each.
  3. Conclude
    with your assessment of the potential benefits or harmful impacts on
    airports, users and communities. Consider airport safety, security,
    unionization, disadvantaged businesses, customer service, and
    national/international public airport systems.
  4. Use
    APA formatting. This includes a title page, header, restatement of the
    title on the top line above the introductory paragraph, and a reference
    page. All in-text and reference citations must comply with current APA
    standards.
  5. Save
    your document with a descriptive filename (e.g., activity_2_5_smith.docx)
    and submit no later than the end of this module week.

Refer to the Hunt Library’s Case Study Research Guide
(Links to an external site.)
 for assistance in writing Case Studies.

 

BSAB 418 Module 3.4 – Case Study 2

Prepare a 2 – 3 page Case Study

  1. Summarize
    the differences between an operating budget and a capital budget, give
    specific examples of each.
  2. Identify
    the aviation professionals that would be involved in the capital budgeting
    process vs. the operation budgeting process.
  3. What
    approvals would each budget require?
  4. Are
    there different funding sources for each?
  5. Include
    any additional information you find relevant.
  6. Use
    APA formatting. This includes a title page, header, restatement of the
    title on the top line above the introductory paragraph, and a reference
    page. All in-text and reference citations must comply with current APA
    standards.
  7. Save
    your document with a descriptive filename (e.g., activity_2_5_smith.docx)
    and submit no later than the end of this module week.

BSAB 418 Module 5.5 Case Study 3

Review FAA Order 5050.4B National Environmental Policy Act
(NEPA) Implementation Instructions for Airport Actions found in 5.2 – Ancillary Resources. Focus on the
Introduction, Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and Chapter 4. Discuss the following
quotation in your case study:

“the continuing policy of the Federal Government, in
cooperation with State and local governments, and other concerned public and
private organizations, is to use all practicable means and measures, including
financial and technical assistance, in a manner calculated to foster and
promote the general welfare, to create and maintain conditions under which man
and nature can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social, economic,
and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans.”
 (42
U.S.C. Section 4331).

Then, select one of the four following Record of Decision
documents:

  • ROD
    Kodiak AK runway safety area
  • ROD
    Sikorsky Memorial Airport CT runway safety area
  • ROD
    St. George Utah replacement airport
  • ROD
    Taos NM airport layout plan update

Prepare a case study that briefly summarizes your airport
ROD project proposal and addresses the following questions (along with any
additional information you find interesting):

  1. What
    are your thoughts about the proposal and the policy statement from the
    previous slide?
  2. What
    is the stated Purpose and Need of the proposal? Do you think the statement
    complies with the FAA Order?
  3. What
    steps were taken to address public concerns? Do you think the steps were
    appropriate?
  4. What
    was the Preferred Alternative? Was it the same as the Environmentally
    Preferred Alternative?
  5. Use
    APA formatting. This includes a title page, header, restatement of the
    title on the top line above the introductory paragraph, and a reference
    page. All in-text and reference citations must comply with current APA
    standards.
  6. Save
    your document with a descriptive filename (e.g., activity_5_5_smith.docx)
    and submit no later than the end of this module week.

BSAB 418 Module 6.4 Case Study 4

Prepare a 2 – 3 page Case Study.

  1. Select
    an airport (Albany, NY; Anchorage, AK; New Bern, NC; McKinney, TX;
    Bloomington, IN; New Bedford, MA; or Tampa, FL) from Appendix A of the
    ACRP Report 47: Guidebook for Developing and Leasing Property found in 6.2 – Ancillary Resources.
  2. Research,
    evaluate, and write a case study about the airport you choose.
  3. Use
    APA formatting. This includes a title page, header, restatement of the
    title on the top line above the introductory paragraph, and a reference
    page. All in-text and reference citations must comply with current APA
    standards.
  4. Save
    your document with a descriptive filename (e.g., activity_2_5_smith.docx)
    and submit no later than the end of this module week.

BSAB 418 Module 7.4 Case Study 5

Prepare a 2 – 3 page Case Study

  1. Prepare
    a discussion about passive/active airport public relations.
  2. Explain
    how you, as an airport director, would enhance the relationship between
    airport management and the surrounding community using passive airport
    public relations.
  3. Then
    explain how you would do this using active airport public relations.
  4. Provide
    your opinion on which one you think would work best (be sure to include
    any ethical/social issues involved).
  5. Use
    APA formatting. This includes a title page, header, restatement of the
    title on the top line above the introductory paragraph, and a reference page.
    All in-text and reference citations must comply with current APA
    standards.
  6. Save
    your document with a descriptive filename (e.g., activity_2_5_smith.docx)
    and submit no later than the end of this module week.

BSAB 418 Module 8.4 Case Study 6

Prepare a 2 – 3 page Case Study

  1. Research,
    evaluate, and analyze a contemporary airport legal issue that interests
    you.
  2. Prepare
    a case study that presents the problem and recommend a solution.
  3. Be
    sure to include any ethical and/or social issues relevant to your chosen
    issue.
  4. Use
    APA formatting. This includes a title page, header, restatement of the
    title on the top line above the introductory paragraph, and a reference
    page. All in-text and reference citations must comply with current APA
    standards.
  5. Save
    your document with a descriptive filename (e.g., activity_2_5_smith.docx)
    and submit no later than the end of this module week.

 

BSAB 418 Module 9.4 Research Paper

You will prepare a 12 – 15 page research paper on a
contemporary airport administration issue.

You will define and/or articulate a research problem, design
a course of action to solve a research problem using, as appropriate,
multidisciplinary approaches.

You will apply ethical principles in your research, and
present the research you have conducted in an APA formatted paper (submitted
through Turnitin).

You will reach decisions or conclusions based on the
analysis and synthesis of evidence.

The final paper is due by the end of Module 9.

Refer to attached rubric for specific grading criteria and
to the Resources Wiki page for research resources.