|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Business|
|Student contribution band :||Band 4|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||24 May 2022|
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.