Masters in Human Factors in Aeronautics

8230
Master of Science
Online
No
Graduate
Main Campus - Online
Major Code: 8230 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: graduate
Delivery Mode/s: online only Location/s: main campus online
Admission Materials: Letter of recommendation, résumé, objectives

The Master of Science in Human Factors in Aeronautics is offered online with both nonthesis and thesis options, requiring the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours for the nonthesis program and 33 credit hours of approved coursework including six hours of Thesis (AHF 5999) for the thesis program. Candidates without an aviation foundation may qualify for the program by taking Airspace Safety (AVT 5000) online as a prerequisite during the summer preceding fall semester entry.

Nonthesis Program Requirements
Year 1
Fall (6 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AHF 5101 Human Factors in Human-Machine Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the range of human factors topics and the principles and knowledge that underpin the aviation human factors specialist's approach. Discusses employment opportunities and gives insight into the systems approach methodology of the aviation human factors specialist.
  • 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.
Spring (6 Credit Hours)
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 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
Summer (6 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AHF 5402 Situational Awareness and Decision-Making
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the theory of situational awareness and advanced decision-making and applies them to the complex flight environment. Addresses individual, collaborative and distributed awareness, and decision-making and available flight deck information.
    Requirement(s):
    Graduate program chair approval
  • AVT 5302 Aviation Accident Investigation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies aviation accident investigation as performed by NTSB, FAA and ICAO. Includes field investigation techniques and laboratory methods for accident reconstruction, and analysis of flight mishaps using time and events correlation of cockpit voice recorders, flight data recorders and ATC radar tapes.
Year 2
Fall (6 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AVS 5204 Aviation Safety Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides aviation and selected non-aviation professionals with a strong background in aviation safety analysis. The material and methods studied, including a variety of safety databases, provide a foundation for safety management, safety program development, team performance analysis and personnel resource management.
  • AVS 5205 Aviation Statistics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores a variety of quantitative data analysis procedures applied to available aviation databases (NASDAC, ASRS, BTS, NTSV) and other aviation-related problem sets. Emphasizes parametric and nonparametric techniques.
    Requirement(s):
    Graduate program chair approval
Spring (6 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • 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.
Total Credits Required: 30

*Serves as the capstone for this program.

Thesis Program Requirements
Year 1
Fall (6 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AHF 5101 Human Factors in Human-Machine Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the range of human factors topics and the principles and knowledge that underpin the aviation human factors specialist's approach. Discusses employment opportunities and gives insight into the systems approach methodology of the aviation human factors specialist.
  • 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.
Spring (6 Credit Hours)
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 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
Summer (6 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AHF 5402 Situational Awareness and Decision-Making
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the theory of situational awareness and advanced decision-making and applies them to the complex flight environment. Addresses individual, collaborative and distributed awareness, and decision-making and available flight deck information.
    Requirement(s):
    Graduate program chair approval
  • AVT 5302 Aviation Accident Investigation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies aviation accident investigation as performed by NTSB, FAA and ICAO. Includes field investigation techniques and laboratory methods for accident reconstruction, and analysis of flight mishaps using time and events correlation of cockpit voice recorders, flight data recorders and ATC radar tapes.
Year 2
Fall (6 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AVS 5204 Aviation Safety Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides aviation and selected non-aviation professionals with a strong background in aviation safety analysis. The material and methods studied, including a variety of safety databases, provide a foundation for safety management, safety program development, team performance analysis and personnel resource management.
  • AVS 5205 Aviation Statistics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores a variety of quantitative data analysis procedures applied to available aviation databases (NASDAC, ASRS, BTS, NTSV) and other aviation-related problem sets. Emphasizes parametric and nonparametric techniques.
    Requirement(s):
    Graduate program chair approval
Spring (6 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • 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 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
Year 3
Fall (3 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • 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
Total credits required: 33