HUM521 - Human and Organizational Factors

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Subject Title
Human and Organizational Factors

Subject Description

In this course the students learn the theory as well as the practical application of the science of Human Factors. Students will learn how HF can enhance or detract from human performance. Knowledge to assess and positively affect an aviation work environment in order to achieve optimal human performance is developed during the course. They study HFACS and other standards of Human Factor Analysis that contribute to aviation safety.

Credit Status
One Credit

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


  1. Exercise an understanding of human behaviour and performance at a level which will greatly enhance their success in the industry and will increase their level of safety effectiveness.
  2. Know and understand what factors improve or degrade human performance in aviation and in all other areas of endeavour.
  3. Understand the nuances of working as part of and in command of a team. This involves learning the essence of both leadership and followership and what drives and motivates a team to optimum performance.
  4. Describe all of the components involved in effective Human Resources management. 
  5. Understand the essence of communications. What, where, when and why we communicate are studied. A modern aviation work environment generates a massive amount of information. Where this information is directed, how much and to whom is often critical.
  6. Act as an effective member of a flight management team.
  7. Understand the vital subject of situational awareness. How to achieve and maintain situational awareness during aviation operations as well as the factors which degrade or enhance it.

Essential Employability Skills
Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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