Course Title: Human Factors in Aviation Safety

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Factors in Aviation Safety

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

AERO2350

City Campus

Postgraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

AERO2350

City Campus

Postgraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2014

AERO2350

City Campus

Postgraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

AERO2350

City Campus

Postgraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2017

AERO2351

China Airlines Ltd

Postgraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Offsh 1 07,
Offsh 3 07,
Offsh 2 08,
Offsh 3 08

AERO2352

Air Transport Training College

Postgraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Distance / Correspondence

Offsh 3 07,
Offsh 2 08,
Offsh 3 08,
Offsh 1 09

Course Coordinator: Dr Richard Yeun

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4276

Course Coordinator Email: Richard.yeun@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 57.03.31

Course Coordinator Availability: TBA


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

Humans are an integral part to the safety of aviation. The aim of the course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge about the effects human factors have on the aviation industry and the methods by which to manage it. The course introduces you to human factors, the psychological and physiological factors that influence human performance, human error, ergonomics, and various strategies to manage human factors associated with all aspects of the aviation industry. This course will enable you to identify, assess, and develop strategies to manage the impact human factors have on the safety of aviation operations.       


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1. Needs, Context and Systems
• Describe, investigate and analyse complex engineering systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques)
• Identify and assess risks (including OH&S) as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities

2. Problem Solving and Design
• Develop creative and innovative solutions to problems
• Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to industry activities

 3. Analysis
• Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities
• Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences.

4. Professional Practice
• Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary industry practice in the specific discipline
• Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and comprehension, based on dialogue when appropriate, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology and language of the intended audience


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Identify key human factors issues associated with different aviation activities and organisations, and how human-related issues contribute to safety performance.
2. Identify and analyse the causes of different types of human error.
3. Identify and analyse contributing human factors within accidents and incidents.
4. Develop strategies to manage human factors within the workplace environment.
5. Design tasks, systems, and working environments with an appreciation of the wide range of factors influencing human performance.
 


Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn this course through in-class lectures and classroom discussion, directed reading, and assessment tasks. The learning process is reinforced through problem-oriented learning using case studies. Students will develop communication, presentation, teamwork, project management and research skills through assessment activities.
 


Overview of Learning Resources

All course-related resources will be provided on the “myRMIT Studies” / Blackboard website. These will include course notes, and other learning materials generated by the lecturer(s), references, and approved links to useful material on external web-sites. The intent is to support flexible and student-directed learning as much as possible. Whilst the primary teaching method is through face-to-face lectures, where possible, all course materials (inclusive of weekly lecture slides, lecture recordings (when available), case studies, tutorials, assignments, related readings and some assessment items) will be made available to students via the course myRMIT Studies / Blackboard website. There are no prescribed texts for this subject due to its broad and multi-disciplinary nature. Links to online articles, e-Reserve or eBooks will be provided via the course myRMIT Studies / Blackboard website.


Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks

Assessment tasks are designed to encourage students to undertake progressive revision of theoretical concepts. In so doing, they assist the student in achieving the key learning outcomes for the course. In addition, the assessment items are intended to support student development of key skills in research, teamwork, and written, and oral communication. There are three primary summative assessment items for this course, being a mid-semester quiz, a group assignment, and final exam.

Early Assessment Task: Quiz
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-3.  This quiz is intended to reinforce basic theoretical principles in the definition, identification, and understanding of human factors.

Assessment Task 2: Team Assignment
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2-5. The team assignment requires students to identify and analyse the human factors associated with a series of accidents, incidents and new technologies. The students are to explore potential strategies for reducing the impact identified factors have on safety, document, and present their report to their peers.

Assessment Task 3: Exam
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5. The exam provides questions that test the recall and understanding of basic theoretical concepts, provides questions and case-studies to test comprehension, application, and extension of knowledge and skills to new scenarios.