Upon course completion students will be able to:
1. Identify in writing, definitions, principles and concepts of human factors.
2. Describe the SHEL model and the HFACS model for classifying human errors and explain the concept and major components of each model.
3. Evaluate the role of fatigue, body rhythms, sleep, fitness, vision and visual illusions, spatial disorientation and the loss of situational awareness and their effects on human performance and human error.
4. Discuss motivation, leadership, communication, attitude and persuasion on aviation personnel performance and human error.
5. Discuss the concept of crew resource management and how it can be applied to the cockpit, cabin, maintenance and air traffic control environments to increase human performance and reduce human error.
6. Describe the cockpit controls and layout on board the aircraft and the design of the other working areas and their implications for human performance and human error.
7. Describe the role of training and documentation/job aiding procedures, including educational techniques for optimizing human performance and minimizing human error.
8. Prepare a written report on a human factors aviation safety-related issue as covered in a published research or review article and give a verbal presentation on the issue in class.