Human Factors in Aviation Systems

Course code AVIA6110Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

Covers a review of basic human factors principles and discussion of more advanced topics such as the implications of cockpit automation and ergonomics in cockpit and display design. The theoretical bases for system safety analysis, application in accident prevention and investigation, and implications for aviation management will also be discussed in detail.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the end of the course students should:

1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of basic human factors concepts including:
i information processing models
ii sensation and perception
iii attention and memory
iv situation awareness
v workload
vi decision making
vii stress and fatigue
2. Outline the major systemic models and their applicability to system failure analysis and safety management.
3. Describe the anthropometric issues and ergonomic design considerations in aircraft cockpit and cabin layout.
4. Describe the differences between various aviation display formats and their impact on pilot performance and flight management.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the human factors issues associated with aircraft automation and advanced technology, and the implications for safety and management.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of workload measurement and the relationship between workload and attention, pilot performance and aircraft system management.
7. Describe the process of accident investigation and the role and relevance of human factors specialist knowledge in that process.
8. Develop an ability to critically review research papers in the field.
9. Identify and locate information relevant to topic areas.
10. Participate in electronic communication.
11. Demonstrate ability to communicate ideas in written form.
12. Demonstrate ability to manage time effectively to complete tasks.
ContentThis course forms the foundation for the development of students' skills and knowledge in the area of human factors. Specific content includes: review of basic human factors topics; exploration of systemic models in aviation human factors; ergonomics in cockpit and cabin; automation and its effects on human performance; pilot workload; and human factors in aircraft accident investigation.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience1
Assumed KnowledgeIt is expected that most students will have a CPL, ATPL, LAME or ATS licence, and/or experience in the aviation industry.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo essays submitted via BlackBoard
Group/tutorial participation and contributionComprises brief written response to three specified questions and discussion of others' responses (via BlackBoard)
JournalReflective journal integrating course material with workplace experience
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Forums: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for AVIA6110