At the conclusion of this unit students should be able to recognise and apply appropriately the principles of human factors to situations in which the relationship between the operator and the task are incompatible.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Describe the principles and evolution of the Human factors discipline, and how it is both distinct from and similar to aviation psychology
  • Describe and be able to differentiate between various Human Factors models and design principles
  • Describe the principles of effective Human Factors report writing and critically analyses Human Factors research
  • Identify the principle physiological and psychophysiological issues associated with flight and describe their impact on pilot performance
  • Interpret and explain the human information processing and decision making systems and their limitations with reference to the principle models
  • Describe the role of personality in the aviation environment
  • Demonstrate through creative and informed individual written communications the application of analysis and theory to current practices and developments in Human Factors

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Online Contact (Phasing out)
Online Learning Activities
4.00 12 weeks 48
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
8.50 12 weeks 102


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Assignment 1Individual 25% 1,2,4,7 
Assignment 2Individual 35% 1,2,3,4,5,7 
Assignment 3Individual 40% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

(i) An aggregate mark of 50% or more, and(ii) Must complete all assignmentsStudents who do not successfully achieve hurdle requirements (ii) in full will receive a maximum of 45% as the total mark for the unit.


  • Introduction to human factors
  • Human factors in aircraft accident investigation
  • Systems analysis
  • Ergonomic principles in aviation
  • Aviation displays
  • Cockpit automation
  • Software interfaces
  • Cockpit crew-systems design integration
  • Cabin safety
  • Flight training and simulation
  • Pilot attention and workload

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.