CQUniversity Unit Profile
AVAT13011 Aviation Human Factors (Air Transport Pilot Licence)
Aviation Human Factors (Air Transport Pilot Licence)
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General Information


Aviation Human Factors (Air Transport Pilot Licence) will provide you with advanced knowledge of human performance and human limitations associated with high speed, high altitude, multi-crew flight in heavy air transport aircraft. You will also learn about the importance of organisational culture and national culture when operating in the global aviation industry. You will cover the aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Air Transport Pilot Licence Human Factors syllabus. You will be presented with some of the medical challenges of high speed, high altitude flight. You will examine problems of perception, cognition and behaviour related to flight and the errors that are caused by human limitations. You will reflect on the success of crew resource management strategies to improve pilot judgement and decision making and analyse the principles of threat and error management.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: AVAT12011 Aviation Human Factors (Commercial Pilot Licence).

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2021


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
2. Examination
Weighting: 60%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Students


No SUTE submitted


Encourage students to participate in SUTE through emails and completion of surveys during the revision lectures/tutorials.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Classify the physiological conditions related to high altitude flight
  2. Investigate human limitations of perception, cognition and information processing related to multi-crew
  3. Interpret human behaviour limitations and errors applicable to multi-crew flight
  4. Reflect on the crew resource management, judgement and decision making required of a professional pilot
  5. Analyse critically the principles of threat and error management.


Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Examination - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Examination - 60%
Textbooks and Resources


There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Craig Needham Unit Coordinator
Aruna Ranganathan Unit Coordinator
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021


Human Factors introduction and fundamemtals


Human Factors introduction and fundamentals

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021


Human Factors management and organisation    


Human Factors management and organisation

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021


Human Factors SHELL model


Human Factors SHELL model

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021


Crew Resource Management (CRM)


Crew Resource Management (CRM)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021


Training relevance  and Threat and Error Management (TEM)


Training relevance and Threat and error Management (TEM)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021



Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021


Cockpit design and advanced technology cockpit


Cockpit design and advanced technology cockpit

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021


Automation - use and misunderstanding


Automation - use and misunderstanding

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021


Communications and navigation surveilance


Communications and navigation surveilance

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021





Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment submission

Written Assignment Due: Week 9 Friday (14 May 2021) 9:00 am AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021





Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021


CASA  and regulatory process


CASA and regulatory process

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021





Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021



Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021



Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assignment

Task Description

This assignment aims to reinforce the  Human Factors material covered in the first 9 weeks of this unit.

Specifically, students are required to research, analyze and report on Human Factors influencing the safety of aviation operations in Australia. 

Students must understand and express detailed knowledge of the Human Factors influence on aviation personell and their operation of commercial aircraft.. Additionally, awareness of adverse outcomes that can arise from non-compliance with the guidelines and policies relating to the applicaiton of Human Factors must be evident in your submission. Comprehension of responsibilities of pilots in the industry is essential for successful completion of this task.

Your assessment document must be produced in electronic form (either as (a) a single page word processed document, (b) a single page Publisher document saved in a PDF format, or (c) a single Power Point slide saved in a PDF format) and should be submitted through the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file following the on-screen instructions. Note: all submissions are processed through the similarity dectection sofetware (called Turitin) hence, the requirement to submit the Publisher or Power Point documents as PDF files.

You must ensure that all of the work submitted is your own, in line with University Policy requirements.

Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Friday (14 May 2021) 9:00 am AEST

Return Date to Students

Week 11 Friday (28 May 2021)


Minimum mark or grade

Assessment Criteria

High distinction standard

* the answer is very well written and clearly expressed

* there is a demonstrated appreciation and understanding of the issues involved

* the answer is well structured and logically organised

* demonstrated mastery of referencing system

* there is evidence of a comprehensive analysis of the issues

* conclusions are backed by well-reasoned arguments demonstrating a detailed insight and analysis of issues

* comprehensive coverage of all relevant issues

Distinction standard

* the answer is well written and expressed

* the answer is structured and logical

* the issues have been reasonably well identified and appreciated

* there is correct use of referencing

* issues have been analysed

** there is a comprehensive coverage of the issues

Credit standard

*the answer is generally well written and expressed

* the answer is structured and sequential

* referencing is satisfactory

* issues are identified and addressed

* there has been an attempt to analyse some of the issues

* the coverage of issues is reasonably comprehensive often with a good treatment and analysis of

particular points

* depth of treatment is often lacking in some of the issues.

Pass standard

* the answer is able to be followed and understood

* the answer could perhaps be better organised and structured

* the referencing may need improvement

* issues may need to be identified and addressed in more depth

* analysis when present may be incorrect

* sometimes the conclusions reached are simple

* there may be quantities of material of marginal relevance included in the answer.

Fail standard

* the answer may be significantly short of the required length

* the written expression is poor and difficult to understand

* the answer is poorly organised

* there has been a failure to identify and address the issues in the question

* referencing is generally inadequate

* the reasoning and application demonstrated is poor

* frequently there is much irrelevant material.

Referencing Style


Submission Instructions
via moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Classify the physiological conditions related to high altitude flight
  • Investigate human limitations of perception, cognition and information processing related to multi-crew
  • Interpret human behaviour limitations and errors applicable to multi-crew flight
  • Reflect on the crew resource management, judgement and decision making required of a professional pilot
  • Analyse critically the principles of threat and error management.

Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice


Complete an invigilated examination

During the examination period at a CQUniversity examination centre


120 minutes

Minimum mark or grade

Exam Conditions
Closed Book

Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

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What is a breach of academic integrity?

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Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

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