HUM500 - Human Factors Ethics and Safety

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Subject Title
Human Factors Ethics and Safety

Subject Description
This course focuses on the physiology and psychology of human factors with respect to a career in aviation. It stresses work and flight ethics and concludes with security and safety issues in aviation given the present day climate in the industry.

Topics include the effects of stress and fatigue on performance and safety, pilot decision making, high-altitude physiology including hypoxia, hyperventilation and rapid decompression, mental and physical health, study of Hawkins SHEL model, Kern?s airmanship model and Reason?s model, human factors engineering in cockpit design, crew resource management, survival (including first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, exposure and wilderness survival techniques) and human factors in aircraft accidents.

Successful participation in the events is mandatory to meet the course requirements.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning of human factors and its implication in aviation.

2. Explain Hawkins' SHEL conceptual model and its application.

3. Analyze the nature, sources and classification of human error.

4. Explain the term airmanship as it applies to Kern's model.

5. List the various terms associated with the measurement of light and the terms associated with the physical structure of the eye.

6. Identify ways visual illusions can affect visual perception when piloting an aircraft and ways to minimize susceptibility to visual illusions

7. Analyze the affects of fatigue, body rhythms, sleep and stress on performance.

8. Value the importance of fitness and health in aviation safety.

9. Explain the various hazards of high altitude flying including hypoxia, hyperventilation, the bends, trapped gases etc., recognize the onset of these hazards and know the corrective action to prevent incapacitation.

10. Explain Reason's Model and utilize that model to discuss the causes of actual aircraft accidents and how they could have been prevented.

11. Demonstrate, through participation, an understanding of crew resource management including the communication process and errors associated with communication.

12. Evaluate through group discussion how personality, attitudes, cultural background, and opinions impact group dynamics and how effective crews seek to improve performance and safety.

13. Demonstrate an understanding of cockpit design and its history.

14. Examine the need for human factors in flight deck design and through discussion, consider the advantages to cockpit automation and the problems arising from the development of automated systems.

15. Demonstrate, through group discussion, an understanding of how human factors contributed to selected aircraft accidents and suggest ways in which these accidents could have been prevented.

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