AVIA6110

Human Factors in Aviation Systems

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Psychology
Availability Trimester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2015

Objectives

At 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.

Content

This 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
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 1
Assumed Knowledge It is expected that most students will have a CPL, ATPL, LAME or ATS licence, and/or experience in the aviation industry.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Forums
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Two essays submitted via BlackBoard
  • Group/tutorial participation and contribution - Comprises brief written response to three specified questions and discussion of others' responses (via BlackBoard)
  • Journal - Reflective journal integrating course material with workplace experience
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Forums: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for AVIA6110

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