• Aviation Safety and Human Factors
    • School of Aeronautics & Astronautics
    • Credit. 2
    • AV408
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    • Fall , 2015
    • 5156
    • Course Description:
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    • The course explains what the role of Human Factors is and how it will improve the safety in aviation.

      Human error has been documented as a primary contributor to more than 70% of commercial airplane hull-loss accidents. While typically associated with flight operations, human error has also recently become a major concern in maintenance practices and air traffic management.

      This course provides an overview of human factors issues as they affect aviation as a whole. After an introduction to human factors and a basic grounding in human performance concepts, the course takes a lifecycle approach, examining human factors issues in design, operation, maintenance, and management. Many of the concepts discussed throughout the course are actually applicable to industry generally, but the examples drawn will come primarily aviation and space transport. The main focus of the course is on commercial, rather than private, transportation.

      This course aims to provide an academic environment in which students are actively engaged in the learning process. The course aims to be interesting, challenging and enjoyable. Activities are linked to both research and scholarship, and the real world, and allow students to reflect on how system safety issues affect them and others in the aviation industry. Student diversity in terms of experiences and learning styles is valued. A supportive environment is provided but there is an expectation that students will take responsibility for their own learning and also learn co-operatively with their peers. Student assessment is designed to reflect the learning outcomes, and meaningful and timely feedback will be provided on coursework.
    • Course Syllabus:
    • Course Contents:
      1. Introduction
      a) Complex system
      b) System engineering
      c) System safety
      2. Pilot Performance
      a) The human senses in flight
      b) Information Processing
      c) Human workload in Aviation
      d) Group interaction and flight crew performance
      e) Flight training and simulation
      f) Human error in aviation operation
      g) Aircrew fatigue and circadian rhythmicity
      3. Human Factors in Aircraft Design
      a) Pilot control
      b) Aviation displays
      c) Cockpit automation
      d) Software interface for aviation system
      e) Cockpit-Crew system design and integration
      4. Airplane and System
      a) Airline Pilot’s perspectives
      b) General Aviation
      c) Helicopter human factors
      d) Air traffic control
    • Schedule:
    • Topics Credit hours Teaching methodology
      Introduction 4 Taught module
      Pilot Performance 8 Taught module
      Human Factors in Aircraft Design 8 Taught module
      Airplane and System 6 Taught module
      Experiment 10 Lab
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  • Textbooks:

    The course has its own teaching notes to be distributed to the course attendence.
  • Grading:

    A course research report.
    Criteria for Assessment
    Unless otherwise specified, the following criteria will be applied in assessing your written work:
    1. Evidence of understanding of the legal concepts, theories and ideas developed in the subject;
    2. Ability to apply these concepts to situations from your own experience;
    3. Capacity to structure an exercise or assignment logically and limit it to the length required;
    4. Degree to which the material submitted for assessment addresses the specified or negotiated assignment requirements.
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