Course Title: Human Factors in Aviation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Factors in Aviation

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.

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Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

AERO2379

City Campus

Undergraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

AERO2379

City Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023

AERO2500

Singapore Inst of Management

Undergraduate

115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Face-to-Face

Offsh1 15,
Offsh1 16

AERO2500

Singapore Inst of Management

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Offsh1 18,
Offsh1 19,
Offsh1 20,
Offsh1 21,
Offsh1 22,
Offsh1 23

AERO2547

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Offsh2 17

AERO2653

RMIT University Vietnam

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Viet1 2022,
Viet3 2022

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

AERO2547

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFSe12018 (VA2),

OFFSe12018 (All)

AERO2547

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFJan2019 (VA2),

OFFJan2019 (All)

AERO2547

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFJan2020 (VA2)

AERO2547

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFJan2021 (All)

AERO2547

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFJan2022 (VA2)

AERO2547

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFJan2023 (All)

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


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

Humans are an integral part to the safety of aviation. "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 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 to create a safe operating environment.

This course introduces the principles and application of Human Factors. Human Factors is a diverse 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. 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. Learning is achieved through lectures, in-class discussion, real world case-studies, and assessment.    


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

1. 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.

2. Problem Solving and Design
- Demonstrating information skills and research methods.

3. 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.       


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 human factors within accidents and incidents.
  4. Apply strategies to manage human factors within the workplace environment with a view to improving safety and performance.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn in 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. You will develop communication, presentation, teamwork, project management and research skills through assessment activities.


Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Canvas. 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 Task: Quiz
Weighting: 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-3.

Assessment Task 2: Group Assignment
Weighting: 35%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2-4. 

Assessment Task 3: Individual Assignment 
Weighting: 35%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4.