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AVN1106 Aviation Safety Systems

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Aviation Safety Systems
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Commerce
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 080399 - Business Mgt not classified
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Paul Lee

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


The aviation industry is safety critical. While the frequency of accidents is low, the consequences are extremely high and aviation professionals need a sound understanding of system safety. Safety management systems (SMS) are now mandatory in aviation in most developed countries and have replaced quality management systems as a data-driven means for identifying safety risks, for promoting safety, and for training employees in evidence based areas of safety concerns. Within the processes of an SMS, human factors training is administered at an umbrella level. Human factors training aims to equip staff with the knowledge, skills and attitudes, to enable them to safely perform within the pressures of a dynamic and high-risk environment.


Students entering the aviation industry in a managerial or supervisory capacity will require an in-depth knowledge of risks to safety caused by system and individual failure. They will need to understand the systemic processes in place to mitigate for system failures and to understand the sources of data which drive risk mitigation strategies. Having an in-depth understanding of safety concepts will allow them to measure and manage safety within the structure of a safety management system. Students will continue their professional development in the industry in this course concomitantly with other first year courses by investigating and experiencing aspects of the industry such as appropriate dress, bearing, professional attitudes and non-technical skills.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate detailed knowledge of, and ability to utilise, the components and functioning of a safety management system (SMS)
  2. utilise systematic processes to gather data for use in improving safety within an SMS
  3. apply the concept of risk and its management within an SMS
  4. demonstrate detailed knowledge of, and ability to utilise, the relationship between human factors and an SMS
  5. analyse different types of decision making, the benefits and limitations of group decisions, and the effects of group dynamics on decision making.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to safety management systems (SMS) 25.00
2. The use of data for SMS 25.00
3. Managing risk in aviation 25.00
4. SMS and human factors. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Stolzer, AJ & Goglia, JJ 2015, Safety management systems in aviation, 2nd edn, Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, UK.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
International Civil Aviation Organization 2013, Safety management manual (SMM), 3rd edn.
(Retrieved from:

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE QUIZ 10 10 09 Aug 2019
ASSIGNMENT 30 30 20 Sep 2019
EXAMINATION 60 60 End S2 (see Examination notes below)

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
EXAM A (MULTIPLE CHOICE) 30 30 (see exam note 1)

Exam Notes
  1. This is a closed examination. The total working time for the examination (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a closed examination. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments:
    APA is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at