AVAT12011 - Commercial Pilot Licence Human Factors

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with knowledge of human performance and human limitations associated with subsonic, low-altitude flight in small commercial aircraft. You will also learn about the importance of organisational culture and national culture when operating in the aviation industry. You will cover the aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Commercial Pilot Licence, Human Factors Syllabus. You will be presented with some of the medical challenges of subsonic speed and low-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 learn about the principles of threat and error management.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must meet all requisites:

1. AVAT11002 Basic Aeronautical Knowledge OR (AVAT11012 Aviation Practice AND AVAT11013 Introduction to Aviation); AND

2. AVAT11005 Flight Fundamentals; AND

3. AVAT11010 Aviation Safety Fundamentals OR AVAT11007 Flight Planning, Performance, and Operation.

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 83.33% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 13.95% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback
Would prefer quizzes during lectures/tutorials.
Introduce snap quizzes during lectures/tutorials.
Action Taken
This was implemented and resulted in a positive outcome.
Source: UC observation
Student engagement was low.
Use case based examples to provide an interactive environment for understanding the material.
Action Taken
This was implemented and resulted in a positive outcome.
Source: Unit Coordinator Observation
Case-based scenarios have increased student engagement during lectures/tutorials.
To continue the good practice.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Coordinator Observation
Aviation incidents/accidents of the recent past are a good feed for discussions on HF related issues.
Aviation incidents/accidents of the recent past are to be included in discussions during tutorials.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the human medical and physiological responses to the flight
  2. Examine human limitations of perception, cognition, and information processing related to flight
  3. Describe the human error and behavioural limitations and errors applicable to flight
  4. Reflect on the resource management, judgement, and decision-making required of a professional pilot
  5. Discuss the principles of threat and error management.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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