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SFTY 320 : Human Factors in Aviation Safety

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Human Factors in Aviation Safety
This course focuses on the major causative agent in aircraft accidents: the human being. Emphasis is placed on psychological and physiological factors that enhance the accident probability. Included is a detailed analysis of ergonomics (human engineering) and its influence in aviation design.

This course is designed to provide the student with a detailed understanding of the influences of human factors in error causation and accident prevention and control. The student will understand the specific human factor areas of error, physiology, and psychology and enable him/her to analyze and provide corrective/preventative inputs to organizational and operational environments in aviation.

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.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

9. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter. (Effective July 1, 2013)

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr. Clint R. Balog - 3/1/2015
Mr. Scott Burgess - 3/1/2015
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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