Gold CoastSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Focuses on Human Factors in the operational aviation environment and practical application to Crew Resource Management. A case study approach allows students to understand and apply this safety oriented problem solving and crisis management discipline, in both aviation and other workplace situations.    

Unit content

Topic 1: Human Factors in Aviation: Principles and fundamentals

Topic 2: Organisational Perspectives

Topic 3: Vehicles, systems and the evolution of safe practice

Topic 4:  Human Factors and Flight Safety

Topic 5:  Human Performance I: Physiological & psychophysiological issues

Topic 6: Human Performance II: Groups & teams; crisis management

Topic 7: Communications I: Outline

Topic 8: Communications II: The professional environment

Topic 9: Crew Resource Management I: Application of the SHEL model

Topic 10: Crew Resource Management II: Safe operations      

Topic 11: Accident and incident investigation

Topic 12: The wider application of Human Factors in organisations


Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Salas, E &Maurino, D (eds), 2010, Human Factors in Aviation,, 2nd edn, Elsevier., Burlington, MA.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Case Study Presentation30%
Case study50%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Case Study Presentation30%
Case study50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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