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Human Factors in Aviation Minor

The Human Factors in Aviation minor comprises six courses (18 credits), all of which are designed within a human factors framework, placing emphasis on developing knowledge and application of the human factors associated with flight. By focusing on the knowledge, skills, and human factors such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and effective emergency management, students are prepared with a comprehensive understanding of the various elements associated with flight. In addition, effective resource management and safety awareness are emphasized throughout this curriculum. This minor can be combined with any major and minor.

Human Factors in Aviation Minor Requirements
(18 credits)

HS 3500 - Introduction to Human Factors in Aviation (3 credits)

This course examines the effects of human factors on the aviation industry; namely, how human behaviors affect flight safety, planning, problem solving, resource management, organization, and communication. Students will explore how these variables are impacted by the ability to recognize and manage stress and will have the opportunity to learn anxiety reduction strategies to enhance effective decision-making in the cockpit. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the steps necessary for good judgment and developing decision-making skills to mitigate risk. Students will also gain an understanding of human factors in aviation within the changing landscape of the aviation industry and public policy related to aviation.

HS 3510 - Systems Analysis of the Impact of Human Factors on Decision-Making in Aviation (3 credits)

This course is designed to ground students in the fundamentals of cockpit management. Specifically, students will be oriented to the principles of aerodynamics, airplane control, and flying rules and regulations. Considerations and steps in aircraft inspection and maintenance, in addition to cockpit orientation and the basic tenets of cockpit management will be covered. Students will be introduced to pre- and post-flight procedures, in addition to aircraft and environmental considerations through take-off, flight, and landing. Emphasis will be placed on human factors impacting cockpit management, including physiological and psychological mechanisms. Basic emergency procedures are also covered.

HS 3520 - Strategic Forecasting and Evaluation of Human Performance Factors in Aviation (3 credits)

This course provides students with advanced instruction on factors affecting cockpit/flight management. Topics include managing aircraft systems in a variety of environments, flight planning, communications, navigation, laws and rules related to private aviation, and orientation to in-flight environmental considerations unique to flight. Prerequisite: HS 3510.

HS 3530 - Integration of Technical Foundations of Flight Management (3 credits)

In this course, students will gain Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) training. This training will enable students to develop proficiencies in using the aircraft's instruments and navigational equipment. Organization and planning are emphasized to effectively combine the information from charts, plates, radios and ATC. Furthermore, this course will provide students with an understanding of instrument management through take-off, flight, and landing while simultaneously exploring the human factors that affect each phase of flight. Examines in detail how human factors such as stress, emotion, attention management, health/physiology, and human psychology impact cockpit management. Advanced strategies for monitoring and modulating human factors are also discussed. Case examples will be utilized to further students' understanding of how mistakes could have been avoided or have been avoided in the aviation industry. Prerequisite: HS 3520.

HS 3540 - Application of Fundamental Competencies in Commercial Aviation (3 credits)

The Commercial License course examines in greater depth and breadth flight management by analyzing issues and topics unique to commercial aviation. This course is designed to develop the student's advanced aeronautical knowledge and skill in the operation of complex airplanes to a level commensurate with safe operations as a commercial pilot. Topics include management of commercial aircraft systems in a variety of environments, commercial flight planning, laws and rules governing commercial aviation, and the development of skills needed to communicate and navigate commercial flights. Prerequisite: HS 3530.

HS 3550 - Leadership Principles and Effective Communication in Flight Instruction (3 credits)

The Certified Flight Instructor course provides students with the fundamentals of flight instruction. Specifically, the objective of this course is to develop in each student adequate instructional knowledge and skill in the procedures and pilot operations needed to safely exercise the privileges of a certified flight instructor certificate with an airplane - single-engine rating. The course examines flight management, while simultaneously educating students in the skills necessary to teach others how to fly. Topics include human learning, memory, and motivation; teaching and supervisory methods; overcoming barriers to effective communication; professionalism; and lesson planning. Prerequisite: HS 3540.

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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