Course Title: Human Factors in Aviation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Factors in Aviation

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

AERO2468

City Campus

Undergraduate

110P SEH Portfolio Office

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

AERO2468

City Campus

Undergraduate

110P SEH Portfolio Office

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019

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

176H RMIT Aviation Academy

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024,
Sem 2 2024

AERO2601

Hartwig Air

Undergraduate

110P SEH Portfolio Office

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

AERO2601

Hartwig Air

Undergraduate

176H RMIT Aviation Academy

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Julia Gibney

Course Coordinator Phone: +61

Course Coordinator Email: Julia.Gibney@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Point Cook

Course Coordinator Availability: By Email


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 AD023 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 a 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 working in collaboration with others within broad parameters.

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will 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

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both. 

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

 

Assessment  Weighting

 Assessment Task 1: Multiple Choice Canvas-based quizzes in three parts, Topics 1-4 (6%), Topics 5-8 (7%) and Topics 9-13 (7%)

This task assesses the following learning outcomes:

CLOs 1-3

20%

 Assessment Task 2:Group Assignment

This task assesses the following learning outcomes:
CLO 3 & 4

40%

(include 5% draft/plan)

Assessment 3: Final Online Short-Answer Test 1 

This is a timed test of less then 90 minutes duration which students must attend on Campus.

20%

Assessment 4: Final Online Short-Answer Test 2

This is a timed test of less then 90 minutes duration which students must attend on Campus.

20%