Singapore University of Social Sciences

Human Factors in Aviation Safety

Human Factors in Aviation Safety (SFTY320)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Science & Technology

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Science & Technology


This course is an examination of the major causative agent in aircraft accidents; the human being. Emphasis is placed on psychological and physiological factors that enhance the accident probability. Included is a detailed analysis of ergonomics (human engineering) and its influence in aviation design.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, This will be administered on-campus.


  • The Meaning of Human Factors
  • Human Error
  • Fatigue, Body Rhythms and Sleep
  • Fitness and Performance
  • Vision and Visual Illusions
  • Motivation and Leadership
  • Communication: Language and Speech
  • Displays and Controls
  • Space and Layout
  • Training and Training Devices
  • Documentation
  • The Aircraft Cabin and Its Human Payload
  • Education and Application
  • The Human Factors Investigation

Learning Outcome

  • Identify in writing definitions, principles, and concepts of human factors.
  • Describe the SHEL model and the HFACS model for classifying human errors, and explain the concept and major components of each model.
  • Evaluate the role of fatigue, body rhythms, sleep, fitness, vision and visual illusions, spatial disorientation, and the loss of situational awareness, and their effects on human performance and human error.
  • Discuss motivation, leadership, communication attitude and persuasion on aviation personnel performance and human error.
  • Discuss the concept of crew resource management and how it can be applied to the cockpit, cabin, maintenance, and air traffic control environments
  • Describe the cockpit controls and layout on board the aircraft and the design of other working areas, and their implications for human performance and human error.
  • Describe the role of training and documentation/job aiding procedures, including educational techniques, for optimizing human performance and minimizing human error.
  • Prepare a written report on a human factors aviation safety-related issue as covered in a published research or review article, and give an oral presentation on the issue in class.
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