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
School School of Psychology
Availability Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  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.

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.

Assumed Knowledge It is expected that most students will have a CPL, ATPL, LAME or ATS licence, and/or experience in the aviation industry.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Discussion 1
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Discussion 2: Case Study
  • Written Assignment: Discussion 3: Literature search
  • Essay: Essay 1
  • Essay: Essay 2
  • Journal: Reflective Journal

Contact Hours



Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Students will also participate in BlackBoard-based discussion

Course Materials
  • Safety at the Sharp End
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for AVIA6110
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