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ASCI 634 : Aviation/Aerospace Psychology

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Aviation/Aerospace Psychology
This course is a study of the complexities of human factors research in aviation, which draws extensively on such diverse areas as human physiology, basic learning theory, aviation safety, and pilot training. The course surveys the study of human behavior as it relates to the aviator's adaptation to the flight environment and attempts to design an occupant "friendly" flight deck module.

The course is designed to provide graduate students with a comprehensive understanding the multi-disciplinary field of aviation/aerospace psychology. It focuses on organizational, industrial, personnel, and engineering psychology as they individually and collectively pertain to organizational culture, safety climate, individual behavior, human performance, personnel selection, training programs, and system design. Students will demonstrate through written reports, and presentations the achievement of course objectives.

Upon course completion the student will be able to:

1. Develop a model of the inter-disciplinary nature of Aviation/Aerospace Psychology and its various fields of practice.

2. Evaluate the role of organizational factors on aircrew operations, operational effectiveness, and flight safety.

3. Analyze the impact of individual behavior, such as alcohol consumption, on human performance and flight safety.

4. Assess human error from a systems perspective identifying potential latent causes and prevention strategies.

5. Describe how behavioral analysis is used to assess appropriate learning theories in aviation/aerospace applications.

6. Using human factors engineering principles, analyze how crew station design can impact system function, human performance, and flight/ground safety.

7. Analyze cognitive information processing as it relates to aeronautical decision making, and its impact in determining mental workload, stress level, and situational awareness.

8. Evaluate the effects of advanced automation, crew resource management, and simulation training on aircrew performance.

9. Summarize the history and current status of aircrew selection methods and procedures and their relationship to the research on pertinent knowledge, skills and abilities.

10. Formulate a method for evaluating aviation/aerospace psychology based on current trends in organizations, technology, and personnel.

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. Dennis Vincenzi - 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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