AVI160 - Human Factors I

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Last revision date 2018-07-10 14:06:56.776
Last review date 2018-07-10 14:06:56.777

Subject Title
Human Factors I

Subject Description
This subject focuses on the physiology and psychology of human factors with respect to a career in aviation. Topics include noise and vibration, hypoxia and hyperventilation, oxygen equipment, effects of pressure changes, balance information, motion sickness, mental and physical health, human factors engineering, jet lag, survival, and human factors in aircraft accidents. Particular attention will be given to the Airmanship Model, CRM (Crew Resource Management), and the Threat Error Model, judgement and decision making. A passing grade must be obtained in this subject in order to be recommended to write the Transport Canada Commercial Pilot Examination.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Commercial Pilot Training Certificate

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

1. Display a thorough knowledge of physiological, environmental and psychological factors that can affect pilots and flight operations.

2. Recognize and apply good judgement, Crew Resource Management and Pilot Decision Making skills both in theory and practice.
Note: The learning outcomes for this subject have been taken directly from the Transport Canada Publication "Aeroplane - Study and Reference Guide for Private and Commercial Pilot Licences".

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

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

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

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

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

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Introduction To Human Factors

Defining human factors and airmanship, why accidents happen and pilot error

  • Tony Kern's Airmanship Model

Essence of airmanship, a historical model and definition

  • Cockpit Design

How cockpit design affects how you perform

  • The Body

Eyes and Ears - Discussion of the body's two major sources of information
The Brain - General discussion of the function of the brain including thinking, memory, forgetting, recall, and psychomotor performance
The Body - How our bodies can affect our performance

  • Stress and Fatigue

The effects of stress and fatigue on performance

  • Judgment and Decision Making

What is judgement?  Can good judgement be learned?  Effective judgement and  decision making

  • Crew Resource Management
What is CRM and how is it applicable to me?

  • Human Factors in Aircraft Accidents

Review and discussion of selected aircraft accidents from a human factors viewpoint


Mode of Instruction
Lectures, group discussions  

Prescribed Texts
Handbook for Civil Aviation Medical Examiners, Transport Canada's publication (TP 13312). It can be ordered for free from Transport Canada, or downloaded from their website (www.tc.gc.ca)

From the Ground Up,  Millennium Edition / 28th Edition, Author:  S.A.F. MacDonald, Publisher: Aviation Publishers Co. Ltd.   ISBN #9780973003635

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Assignments should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation. Late assignments are penalized. For particulars, please obtain standards, dates, etc. from your instructor.

While attendance and participation in class discussions are not formally part of this evaluation schedule, you should be aware that absenteeism will almost guarantee your inability to achieve satisfactory grades. Some of the progress tests and quizzes may not be announced in advance and details of assignment requirements may be explained in class. There is no formal provision for make-up tests to replace tests you miss.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Term Test 30%
Presentation 20%
Final Exam 50%

Approved by: Denis Gravelle