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AVN5103 Human Factors Training in Aviation

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: HF Training in Aviation
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Professional Pathway Psych
ASCED code : 090799 - Behavioural Science not elsewh
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Tarryn Kille


World aviation bodies and regulators have recognized the need for ongoing human factors training amongst safety critical personnel in the aviation industry. Within airlines this human factors training is largely done in-house by facilitators who have a background in human factors training or who are trained up with the skills and knowledge to accomplish this task. Providing a postgraduate qualification which provides a pathway for development of advanced knowledge in this field will be an attractive option for both facilitators and airlines.


This course provides the background of training and teaching techniques often used by in-house airline training departments in accordance with national and international regulatory guidance legislation. Concomitantly it expands students' understanding of adult learning concepts in order for students to develop better practices in human factors training. The course also provides instruction which will lead to a thorough understanding of human factors knowledge assessment and behavioural marker systems.


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

  1. demonstrate an advanced knowledge of adult learning principles in an aviation human factors role;
  2. scope, plan and implement principles of effective teamwork, leadership and culture within an aviation context;
  3. communicate relevant concepts of information processing, effective communication, stress, fatigue and workload management within an aviation context;
  4. critically evaluate the key skills of situational awareness and effective decision making within an aviation context;
  5. examine the principles of behavioural marker assessment systems and effective threat and error management within an aviation context;
  6. critically apply their knowledge of human factors and non-technical skills to the development of an airline human factors training program.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Adult learning and facilitation skills 10.00
2. Teamwork, leadership and culture in aviation 10.00
3. Information processing and communication in complex operations 10.00
4. Stress, fatigue and workload management in aircraft operations 10.00
5. Situational awareness and decision making in aviation 20.00
6. Behavioural marker systems and threat and error management 20.00
7. Airline human factors training program 20.00

Text and Materials

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Kanki, B, Helmreich, R & Anca, J 2010, Crew resource management, 2nd edn, Academic Press, San Diego, California.

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.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Directed Study 75.00
Private Study 30.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 1 35 35 24 Aug 2021
PEER ENGAGEMENT 15 15 20 Sep 2021 (see note 1)
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 2 50 50 12 Oct 2021

  1. Submission dates for peer engagement and assignments to be advised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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

Date printed 8 November 2021