M02EDM: Human Factors in Aviation
Assessments Individual Assignment – (This is worth 70% overall of your marks)
Part A – Case study and identification of Human Factors
Describe and consider an accident or incident in your area of work which has Human Factors as a causal element. Describe briefly the accident/incident and identify the Human Factors involved.
This is the first part of your individual assignment and is worth 25% of your overall grade.
Part B – Discussion and analysis of the Human factors issues defined
“We like to think that accidents happen because bad people knowingly and carelessly let them happen.” Vaughan. Discuss in terms of the accident/incident identified in Part A.
Include in your answer: Take into consideration events leading up to the accident, latent threats or errors sitting in the system and organisational weaknesses.
Examine systemic failures and normalisation of deviance (drift)
Explore Normal Accidents
Suggest mitigating measures to prevent this incident from happening again. You may wish to consider: A safety culture including Just Culture and reporting systems; High Reliability Organisations and Resilience; Training that includes simulator and scenario based education Observational method research with debriefing
This is worth 45% of your overall mark.
Some examples: Challenger/Columbia (NASA) disasters Air France Concorde Flight 4590 Brussels Airport attack Melbourne Airport security breach case study