Introduction to Human Factors

AVA80004 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • Nil Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Sep 21

Aims and objectives

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.

Unit Learning Outcomes

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