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PSYC 320 : Aviation Psychology

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Aviation Psychology
A study of the complexities of human factors research in aviation. Drawing 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.

This course is designed to develop students’ critical analytical skills while examining a wide range of topics as they apply to aviation psychology. Students are expected to be able to perform, locate, analyze, and report research findings. The students should be able to have a comprehensive view of aviation psychology at the conclusion of the course and understand the roles that various aviation psychologists perform in the aviation industry.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Develop competence in independently reading, critiquing, and interpreting research studies and findings.

2. Demonstrate a comprehensive view of aviation psychology at the conclusion of the course.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of aviation psychologist in the general field of human factors.

4. Know how the physiological senses are affected in flight and what an aviation psychologist does to educate aviators to counter these affects.

5. Categorize and give an example of how human factors concepts apply to the aerospace industry.

6. Apply previously learned principles and theories from Introduction to Psychology.

7. Demonstrate the ability to defend a critical position in the domain of aviation psychology.

8. Be able to describe the general research areas in aviation psychology and the issues related to each area.

9. Demonstrate an understanding of the methodological problems and pitfalls in aviation psychology. ?10. Demonstrate an understanding and capability to use numerous tools within the field (ie. Subjective Workload Assessment Technique, task analyses’ techniques, scale development protocols).

11. Understand the role of the Aviation Psychologist in accident investigation work and aviation safety.

12. Explain how an education psychologist would evaluate aviation training programs to ensure they are effective and free of prejudice and bias.

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
Donna L. Roberts, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Donna L. Roberts, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Alan R. Bender, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
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