Course Title: Human Factors in Aviation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Factors in Aviation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

AERO2468

City Campus

Undergraduate

130T Vocational Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

AERO2468

City Campus

Undergraduate

174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Michael Heffey

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9394 9999

Course Coordinator Email: michael.heffey@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Point Cook Campus


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

Human Factors is a contributing factor in almost all aircraft accidents, and is reported to be the major causal factor in three out of every four. It is therefore crucial for students to gain an understanding of what Human Factors are, and how aviation operations can be managed effectively, with due recognition of the impact of Human Factors, so as to create a safe operating environment.

This course is designed to introduce students to the principles and application of Human Factors. Human Factors is a discipline in aviation safety management that is fast being recognised as one of the most important risk areas that can contribute positively and negatively to an organisation’s success in the industry. In this course students will learn about human characteristics and how they contribute to errors in task performance. Approaches to improving safety through management of human factors will also be covered.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation):

Needs, context and systems
• Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs, establish priorities and the goals, constraints and uncertainties of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.), using systems thinking, while recognising ethical implications of professional practice.
Problem-solving and design:
• Demonstrating information skills and research methods.
Coordination and communication:
• Communicate and coordinate proficiently by listening, speaking, reading and writing English for professional practice, working as an effective member or leader of diverse teams.

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes in the Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots): 

  1. Demonstrate the application of skills and knowledge to adapt fundamental principles, concepts and techniques to known and unknown situations
  2. Problem identification, formulation and solution to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems
  3. Show initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in aviation practice; with communication and analytical skills to interpret and transmit responses to sometimes complex problems
  4. Communication skills to make clear and coherent presentation of knowledge and ideas with some intellectual independence
  5. Understanding of and commitment to professional and ethical responsibilities
  6. Taking responsibility and accountability for own learning and work in collaboration with others within broad parameters.


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Relate limitations of human performance to various environmental and interpersonal conditions.
2.  Recognise typical limitations of performance related to the human-machine interface.
3.  Apply knowledge of human task performance limitations in the aviation environment with a view to improving safety.
4.  Apply at a professional level skills in written communication, group interaction, research and library use. 


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning in this course will occur through lectures, tutorials and assignments and in on-line learning resources for this course.Learning and planning guide will beprovided for self-directed study.


Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on “myRMITStudies”. These will include course notes, and other learning materials generated by the course lecturer(s), references, and approved links to useful material on external web-sites.


Overview of Assessment

☒ This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment: Weekly tutorial end of class
Weighting towards final grade 20% (10 times 2%)
this task assesses the following learning outcomes:
CLO 1, 2 & 3.

Assessment Task 1: Individual Assignment.
Weighting towards final grade 15%
this task assesses the following learning outcomes:
CLOs 1 & 2.

Assessment Task 2: Group Assignment,
Weighting towards final grade 25%
this task assesses the following learning outcomes:
CLO 3 & 4.

Assessment 3: Class Test: In-class test covering all topics covered during the semester.
Weighting towards final grade 10%
this task assesses the following learning outcomes:
CLO 1, 2 & 3.

Assessment 4: Final Exam: Covering all topics covered during the semester.
Weighting towards final grade 30%
this task assesses all learning outcomes:
CLO 1, 3 & 4.

Feedback: Tutorial feedback given in following class and blackboard grade, Assignment feedback given via Turnitin within seven (7) days, Class test feedback given following class face to face.