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AVN1104 Introduction to Human Performance in Aviation

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 28 January 2023


Aviation has been among the first contexts to apply new technologies safely and successfully. It has therefore been among the first to encounter associated human factors issues. The 20th Technical Conference of the International Air Transport Association in 1975 was a turning point in the international recognition of the importance of human factors for the future safety of aviation. Subsequent research has established the need for the study of human factors as an essential discipline for all aviation professionals. There is now an extensive body of human factors knowledge and experience but there still remain some challenges in application. This course provides essential underpinning knowledge of human performance and limitations for aviation professionals.

Human factors in aviation are involved in studies of human capabilities, limitations, and behaviours and the integration of that knowledge into the aviation system. This course considers the physiological and psychological interactions of humans as part of the complex socio - technical system of aviation operations. The course covers key aspects of human performance such as information processing and cognition, ergonomics, automation and Threat and Error Management (TEM). The course also explores leadership and teamwork and engages students by placing them in an aviation context through the use of appropriate case studies.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 28 January 2023