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ASCI 604 : Human Factors in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Human Factors in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry
This course presents an overview of the importance of the human role in all aspects of the aviation and aerospace industries. Emphasis is on issues, problems, and solutions of unsafe acts, attitudes, errors, and deliberate actions attributed to human behavior and the roles supervisors and management personnel play in these actions. Students examine the human limitations in the light of human engineering, human reliability, stress, medical standards, drug abuse, and human physiology. Discussions include human behavior as it relates to the aviator's adaptation to the flight environment, as well as the entire aviation/aerospace industry's role in meeting the aviator's unique needs.

This course is an issues course that is designed to provide the student with a comprehension of how humans behave in the aviation/aerospace industry and to further the professional careers of students who aspire to aviation management and leadership responsibilities. Human capabilities and limitations will be addressed both for in-flight and ground support personnel. The course will address the main issues that are important today, while still providing flexibility for instructors and students to explore in detail issues that are of keen interest to them. The course is intended to have a strong "student-centered" orientation.

Upon course completion the student will be able to:

1. Describe the anatomical and functional implications of the human visual and auditory systems on aviation.

2. Describe the principle components of the vestibular system as they relate to aviation.

3. Apply the information processing stages in the "simplified" model of information processing.

4. Differentiate between short-term sensory storage, working memory (sometimes referred to asshort-term memory) and long-term memory.

5. Analyze the effects of circadian rhythms and circadian desynchronosis (jet lag) as it relates to aviation.

6. Apply the concept of crew resource management as it relates to the cockpit, cabin, maintenance, and air traffic control environments, referring to the six generations of crew resource management.

7. Demonstrate how aviation displays are developed to maximize human performance and reduce human error.

8. Evaluate the role of automation in aviation and how it has improved performance but has led to unforeseen consequences.

9. Describe the criteria of training and documentation/job aiding procedures, including educational techniques, for optimizing human performance and minimizing human error.

10. Apply classical human factors principles to understanding human errors and their causes associated with aviation accidents and incidents.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

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

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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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
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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. John Ruffner - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kent Anderson - 3/1/2015
Dr. Ian McAndrew - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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