Master's in Human Factors in Aviation

8229
Master of Science
Classroom
No
Graduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 8229 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: graduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom Location/s: main campus
Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives, GRE

Human factors refers to the field of study that attempts to identify the principles of human/machine interaction, and applies these principles to the design and operation of engineered systems. Thus, the field is both a rigorous research domain rooted in cognitive, physiological and engineering theory, and an applied science with an intimate and direct connection to the operational world.

Although the range of engineered systems of interest in human factors is very wide, this degree concentrates on aviation-related human factors studies. Such studies range from aircraft cockpit design and aircraft maintenance methods and procedures to complex ground-based entities such as the National Airspace System. Human factors is now recognized as an indispensable component of systems design and evaluation, accident investigation and prevention, simulation, training, procedures development and system performance testing. Considerable research is being conducted in this field by government and private entities around the world.

In addition to its advantageous location on the Space Coast, Florida Tech has significant university assets that enhance its potential for aviation human factors research and education.

Admission Requirements

An applicant to the Master of Science in Aviation Human Factors program must have earned a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an institution of acceptable academic standing. Some aviation background or education is desirable. Deficiencies may be made up through courses taken at the university concurrent with the aviation human factors program coursework.

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section.

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Aviation Human Factors requires the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours of approved coursework including a maximum of six hours of Thesis (AHF 5999).

Summary of Program Requirements
Complete:
  • AHF 5991 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 3
    The philosophical underpinnings of scientific views of sensation and perception. Hypothesized psycho-physiological mechanisms of sensation. Covers the nature of human perceptual processes, distortion and illusion with respect to real-world aviation human factors considerations.
  • AVS 6000 Quantitative Research Designs in Aviation Research
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces experimental, correlational, causal-comparative and survey research methodologies and designs. Includes corresponding statistical procedures. Emphasizes preparation of an APA-compliant quantitative research proposal related to the aviation field.
  • Additional coursework (minimum) Credit Hours: 18
  • Graduate Statistics (Restricted Elective) Credit Hours: 3
  • Thesis (maximum) Credit Hours: 6
Total Credits Required: 36
Typical Graduate Program Plan
  • AHF 5201 Human Performance 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers classical and naturalistic decision-making. Studies human performance in complex systems, and examines stress, anxiety, fatigue and organizational stress and error. Explores automation and human performance in aviation.
  • AHF 5202 Human Performance 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines information processing models; learning and memory; mental models and schema theory; signal-detection theory; human error; language and warnings; and knowledge elicitation for expert system development.
  • AHF 5302 Human-Computer Interaction
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines human performance issues in the design of human-computer interfaces. Emphasizing human performance research relevant to aviation computer and aviation information systems. Structured around comparative readings in human-computer interaction using multiple sources.
  • AHF 5991 Sensation and Perception
    Credit Hours: 3
    The philosophical underpinnings of scientific views of sensation and perception. Hypothesized psycho-physiological mechanisms of sensation. Covers the nature of human perceptual processes, distortion and illusion with respect to real-world aviation human factors considerations.
  • AHF 5999 Thesis Research
    Credit Hours: 3
    Preparation and submission of a research thesis on a selected topic in aviation human factors under the direction of the graduate faculty.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • AVS 5201 Aviation Meteorology Theory and Practice
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers selected aviation meteorology topics in depth including stability, causes and manifestations of turbulence and mesoscale convective complexes. Also covers wind shear and microbursts, and their impact on aviation.
  • AVS 5203 Impact of Aviation on Human Physiology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the biophysical and biochemical, blood gas chemistry, and neurological and pulmonary reactions to flight. A special analysis of human reactions to many of the extremes of flight.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite course
  • AVS 6000 Quantitative Research Designs in Aviation Research
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces experimental, correlational, causal-comparative and survey research methodologies and designs. Includes corresponding statistical procedures. Emphasizes preparation of an APA-compliant quantitative research proposal related to the aviation field.
  • EDS 5095 Essentials of Educational Research
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes research skills and related competencies involved in the planning, conducting and reporting of applied research studies of the type required for a graduate degree.