From flight crew to cabin crew, air traffic controllers to aircraft engineers, the human element is vital to the safe and efficient operation of all aspects of the aviation industry.
Over the past three decades, a better understanding of human behaviour has resulted in significant safety benefits in the aviation industry, with the human factors discipline forming a cornerstone of every aviation safety management programme.
This specialist distance-learning course is taught by current staff with expertise in the academic and professional disciplines of human factors, ergonomics and occupational psychology within aviation. This course aims to equip aviation professionals with a thorough appreciation of all aspects of the discipline and how they can be applied to best effect in the aviation industry.
Please note: As this course is part-time, you will be expected to take 90 credits each year, so pay 50% of the full-time fee each year.
This course covers the theoretical basis for the study of human factors in aviation, demonstrating how these concepts are applied in aspects of aviation operations. Throughout the modules, you are encouraged to apply the theoretical material to real world issues within the aviation industry, as human factors practitioners would.
The course consists of eight core modules covering the main areas of human factors in aviation and a module involving a critical review of contemporary literature on a relevant topic, followed by an applied human factors research thesis within the field (divided across two modules). All modules are mandatory.
Why choose this course?
As our understanding of the impact of human behaviour on system and individual performance has increased, the importance of the field of human factors within the aviation industry has grown significantly.
As the aviation industry continues to evolve and develop, human factors professionals apply the latest knowledge on human performance, in order to help improve safety and efficiency in aviation operations. The Chartered Institute of Human Factors and Ergonomics states ‘the need for ergonomists has never been greater’ (CIEHF, 2020). NB: human factors and ergonomics are terms used interchangeably, depending on the prevalence in the specific industry.
A fully distance learning course, this specialist part-time programme has traditionally attracted a wide range of professionals -from aviation engineers to flight and cabin crew, safety personnel to air traffic controllers, and those working in civil or military organisations. As the course is distance learning, students can complete the course part-time from the UK or overseas.
Course materials have been specifically designed to complement and enhance the existing knowledge of professionals already engaged in this most demanding of industries. The study materials have also been developed to be portable, allowing you the opportunity to study them at a time and place that fits in around your busy work schedule. Studying by distance learning is also designed to allow you to progress your potential future career in industry while simultaneously the chance of being able to apply the knowledge and principles gained on the course.
You will be taught by current academic staff with decades of relevant teaching, research and industry experience in aviation human factors (as well as other safety critical industries), both here in the UK and overseas.* In addition, the current course team’s experience includes non-technical skills in aviation, accident investigation, , aircraft cabin and passenger safety, human factors issues within aircraft ground handling and air traffic control, design and certification of flight deck interfaces, innovative future flight deck designs, the use of new technologies by aviation personnel, safety and risk management and training analysis, design and delivery in the aviation and military training domains.
The course will be delivered via Coventry University’s Virtual Learning Experience Platform, Aula.* While access to the internet will be required, course materials have been developed to allow study to be undertaken anywhere in the world – even on board an aircraft! As well as the course materials, you will also have access to tutor support, electronic library resources and online interaction with your peer group.
* Please note, staff and the current online Learning Platform provider may be subject to change.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
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