Course Title: Human Factors and Aircraft Technical Investigation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Factors and Aircraft Technical Investigation

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Coordinator: Ian Bailey

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8952

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Course Coordinator Location: 57.5.25A

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisite Capabilities
The student must have successfully completed courses MIET2137 – Industrial Studies and MIET2138 – Engineering Management or equivalent courses, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This course introduces the student to the role of and impact that human factors can have in aviation maintenance then how to identify, investigate and correct these problems.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Students will gain or improve capabilities in:
Technical Competence:
• TC2: the ability to identify human factor issues and analyse the role that these can play in aviation maintenance.
Integrative Perspective:
• IP1: analysing the cause behind human factors by following set procedures in problem solving and implement strategies to reduce the impact it has on aviation maintenance.
• IP2: considering the effect human factors can have in aviation maintenance and selecting the appropriate response from investigative studies to minimise their impact.
Professional Practice:
• PP3: through investigative studies, students capabilities will be enhanced to deliberate the impact human factors have in the multi-cultural environment context regarding aircraft technical investigation.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
• analyse how human factors can impact on workplace processes,
• investigate a workplace incident to identify the role of human factors in their cause,
• develop a workplace procedure designed to minimise the impact of human factors on workplace processes,
• conduct investigations to identify and scope problems,
• develop and implement corrective action, and
• compile investigative documentation.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:
• attendance at lectures where course material will be presented and explained and investigation of a workplace incident as a case study to identify the role human factors played;
• completion of tutorial questions and projects designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures by conducting investigations and developing processes to correct human factors issues in the workplace, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
• completion of written assignments and reports consisting of problems requiring an integral understanding of the subject matter and developing corrective actions in appropriate documentation; and
• private study, working through the course as presented in classes and case studies and gaining practice at solving conceptual problems relating to the role human factors play.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through the Learning Hub (also known as online@RMIT) and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided. Students will also use computers within the School during project and assignment work.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course comprises of a mixture of written assignments, projects and reports, practical assessments and a final exam in either short answer, multi choice, report writing or a mixture of them.