Course Title: Human Factors in Aviation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Factors in Aviation

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course offering location: 

AERO2468: Melbourne City 

AERO2601: Hartwig Parafield 


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


110P SEH Portfolio Office


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


City Campus


110P SEH Portfolio Office

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


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


Hartwig Air


110P SEH Portfolio Office


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

Course Coordinator: Varinder Sohi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0053

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Point Cook & City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By Email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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 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.

as well as 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.

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

Assessment Task 1: Online Multiple Choice Quizzes  

Weighting towards final grade: 20%
CLOs 1, 2 & 3. 

Assessment Task 2: Group Assignment

Weighting towards final grade 35%
CLOs 3 & 4.

Assessment 3: Final Exam 

Weighting towards final grade 40%
CLOs 1, 3 & 4.

Assessment 4: Micro-Credential (Information Literacy)

Weighting towards final grade 5% 
CLO - nil.