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AVN1104 Introduction to Human Performance in Aviation

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Intro to Human Perform in Avn
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Commerce
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090799 - Behavioural Science not elsewh
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


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.


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

  1. display detailed knowledge of, and ability to utilise, the physiological and psychological factors that affect human performance
  2. explain and utilise strategies within the aviation industry to address human error
  3. reflect on human factors and apply these to a safety critical aviation context
  4. work as part of a small group to provide a concise analysis of a human factors issue.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to human factors 10.00
2. Human physiology and limitations 20.00
3. Information processing and cognition 15.00
4. Communication, leadership and teamwork 20.00
5. Ergonomics and automation 15.00
6. Threat and error management. 20.00

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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Robson, D 2013, Human being pilot: human factors for aviation professionals, revised 1st edn, Aviation Theory Centre, Darra, Queensland.

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.
Green, RG, Muir, H, James, M, Gradwell, D & Green, RL 1996, Human factors for pilots, Avebury Technical, Aldershot, England.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 25.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 101.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE QUIZ 10 10 05 Apr 2019
GROUP ASSIGNMENT 40 40 31 May 2019
EXAMINATION 100 40 End S1 (see Examination notes below)

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
EXAM PART A - MULTIPLE CHOICE 70 20 (see exam note 1)

Exam Notes
  1. This is a closed examination. The total working time for the exam (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