Human Factors and Performance in Aviation
Unit code: HES2910A
|Credit points||12.5 Credit Points|
|Contact hours||48 hours (4 hours per week)|
Aims and objectives
The aim of this unit is to provide a comprehensive overview of the fundamental and important concepts in human factors as they relate to safe operation of aircraft.
After successfully completing this unit students should be able to;
1. Identify essential psychological concepts such as personality, inter-personal communication, attention and vigilance
2. Explain and discuss how humans interact with automation on the flightdeck.
3. Recognise and discuss important models of human behaviour in relation to errors.
4. Identify the fundamental principles of crew resource management,
5. Explain and discuss how the techniques of CRM can be used to improve and enhance human performance on the flightdeck,
6. Define and discuss the concept of threat and error management. Identify essential psychological concepts such as personality, inter-personal communication, attention and vigilance.
Generic skills outcomes
- analysis skills,
- problem solving skills,
- communications skills,
- ability to tackle unfamiliar problems, and
- ability to work independently.
Aviation Human Factors:
- Effective teamwork and leadership
- Communication and assertiveness
- The Reason model
- Decision making and pilot judgement
- Attention, monitoring, vigilance and situational awareneness
- Ergonomics and human-machine interface
- Management of aircraft automation
- Flight simulation
- History of CRM training
- Elements of CRM training and their evolution
- Line-oriented flight training and line-oriented safety audits
- Cross cultural perspectives in CRM
Threat and Error Management:
- Basic Threat and Error Management Principles
- An in depth case study of a General Aviation accident