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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Focuses on Human Factors in the operational aviation environment and practical application to Crew Resource Management. A case study approach allows students to understand and apply this safety oriented problem solving and crisis management discipline, in both aviation and other workplace situations.

 

 

Unit content

Topic 1: Human Factors in Aviation: Principles and fundamentals

Topic 2: Organisational Perspectives

Topic 3: Vehicles, systems and the evolution of safe practice

Topic 4:  Human Factors and Flight Safety

Topic 5:  Human Performance I: Physiological & psychophysiological issues

Topic 6: Human Performance II: Groups & teams; crisis management

Topic 7: Communications I: Outline

Topic 8: Communications II: The professional environment

Topic 9: Crew Resource Management I: Application of the SHEL model

Topic 10: Crew Resource Management II: Safe operations      

Topic 11: Accident and incident investigation

Topic 12: The wider application of Human Factors in organisations

 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of the Human Factors discipline, the role it plays in the safety of aviation operations and its application in other operational environments
2 describe the interface between systems, technology, environment and the human operators and be able to recognise the strengths, vulnerabilities and weaknesses of the human element in operations
3 apply Human Factors theory through Crew Resource Management
4 identify and explain the role of communications, leadership, people skills, culture, and psychophysiological issues in the safe operation of complex systems
5 demonstrate basic investigative skills with an understanding of the concepts of risk and crisis management, and operational safety and security

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the Human Factors discipline, the role it plays in the safety of aviation operations and its application in other operational environments
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. describe the interface between systems, technology, environment and the human operators and be able to recognise the strengths, vulnerabilities and weaknesses of the human element in operations
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. apply Human Factors theory through Crew Resource Management
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  4. identify and explain the role of communications, leadership, people skills, culture, and psychophysiological issues in the safe operation of complex systems
    • GA1:
    • GA6:
  5. demonstrate basic investigative skills with an understanding of the concepts of risk and crisis management, and operational safety and security
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6: