Module Title:Human Factors
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught by Lectures, Tutorials, and discussion/analysis of published aircraft accident investigation reports.
Module Aim: The student will understand that by recognising human factors issues in aircraft flight crew & maintenance engineering, it can help them to identify problems and prevent accidents. By analysing various case studies, the student will understand the 'human' side of aircraft accidents and incidents, specifically the social, physical, physiological and environmental aspects as they affect the flight crew, maintenance staff and management.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe how Human Factors issues affect performance of aviation tasks
LO2 Identify and share safety information effectively with others using a wide range of communication skills
LO3 Explain the various types of human error occuring within aviation and analyse their effect
LO4 Describe the types of common hazards in workplace and identify how to eliminate them
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Need To Take Human Factors Into Account; Incidents Attributable To Human Factors/Human Error; ‘Murphy's’ Law.
Human Performance And Limitations
Vision; Hearing; Information Processing; Attention And Perception; Memory; Claustrophobia And Physical Access.
Social Psychology
Responsibility: Individual And Group; Motivation And De-Motivation; Peer Pressure; ‘Culture’ Issues; Team Working; Management, Supervision And Leadership.
Factors Affecting Performance
Fitness/Health; Stress: Domestic And Work Related; Time Pressure And Deadlines; Workload: Overload And Underload; Sleep And Fatigue, Shiftwork; Alcohol, Medication, Drug Abuse.
Physical Environment
Noise And Fumes; Illumination; Climate And Temperature; Motion And Vibration; Working Environment
Physical Work; Repetitive Tasks; Visual Inspection; Complex Systems
Within And Between Teams; Work Logging And Recording; Keeping Up To Date, Currency; Dissemination Of Information
Human Error
Error Models And Theories; Types Of Error In Maintenance Tasks; Implications Of Errors (I.E. Accidents) Avoiding And Managing Errors.
Hazards In The Workplace
Recognising And Avoiding Hazards; Dealing With Emergencies.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Each student will take Sketch/Drawing/Short Answer-format Continuous Assessment exams, administered during term time for which a maximum of 30% will be awarded 1,2,3,4 30.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Each student will sit a formal written examination at the end of the module for which a maximum of 70% will be awarded. 1,2,3,4 70.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 2.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EEAER_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering 3 Mandatory
CW_EEACS_D Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems 3 Mandatory