Assignment Guidelines (70%)
Human Factors in Aviation– M02EDM
The assignment is an important part of this module’s assessment scheme. It counts 70%
towards the overallmark. You are required to read carefully the brief provided and address
the best as you can a certain number of key areas. In order to prepareyour arguments you
should also read the material provided in class, use a couple of reference books and outside
sources, and performresearch on the topic in order to supportyour arguments.
Read widely as much as you can, some references like:
• “Human Factors in Aviation”, – Eduardo Salas and Dan Maurino.
• “Human Performance on the flight deck” – Don Harris
• “The Human contribution” – James Reason
Assignments are individual work that should reflect your opinions. You should therefore
restrain from copying and pasting material from the internet or other sources in order to
construct your arguments. Assignments are checked for plagiarism as part of the submission
2 Learning Outcomes
The Part 1 of the assignment covers the module learningoutcomes 1 and 3.
The Part 2 covers the module learningoutcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4.3 TheAssignment
For both parts what is desired is that you give your opinion about both parts and supportthe
assignment with your own new ideas.
Part 1 – 25%
Part 2 – 45%
4 Marking Criteria
The marking criterion for this assignment is:
• Analyse and answer to the question – 40%
• Evidence of topics coveredin the module – 30%
• New ideas – 10%
• Additional reading– 5%
• Good organization of ideas, clarity of the message – 5%
• References – 5%
• Presentation Lay-out- 5%
5 Submission and Deadlines
Assignments plus cover sheets must be submitted to the MBA Registrar, in accordance with
the deadlines and rules established for this effect.
In terms of effort, I expect a 3,000 word written report (6 to 8 page report).The 3000 word
target includes headings, main text, references, annexes, tables, charts and any other
The assignment should be written in a business-style report format rather than following a
typical academic essay format. I expect to find, above else, good coverage of the key areas
based on sound/logical business arguments. I also expect to find evidence on the use of
references/ bibliography. Because this module is part of an MBA Programme, I expect students
to use tables, charts and other visual elements to supporttheir views and analyses, since these
are common practicein all business environments.
7 Writing the Assignment
The assignment should follow a certain structure, containing, at least, five important parts:1. Introduction
4. Addressing the key areas
References and Bibliography
We are facing a new generation of aviationprofessionals, and we need to be focusedon initial
assessment and recruitment, to achievethe best profiles for the job.
Give your opinion about the best profile criteria for aviation professionals and based on what
we have focused during the module; give your critical evaluation of workload methodologies
to be employed in the aviationIndustry.
For the AviationSecuritystudents
Regarding the new challenges in AviationSecurity, give your own ideas about these questions:
“How human factors can be used to addresspriority aviationsecurityissues?”
“New threats like cyber terrorism and cyber Hacking, has emerged how your countryis dealing
with this, and how do you see the human factorsinteraction regarding this issues, give your
own ideas and also suggestions for the future and development for aviationsecurity:”
“ The future of Explosive Trace detector?
“ How do you see the Human factors interface in a new era of cyber terrorism, and give your
contributions for the next years, regarding for example the 2020 World Expo, what new types
of threat you will face and how to deal with it.?SAFETY
Make your critical evaluation of CRM and other systematic failures based on the final report on
the accident relatingto the statement below:
“Colgan Air Flight 3407, marketed as Continental Connection under a codeshare
agreement with Continental Airlines, was a Bombardier Dash-8 Q400, registration
numberN200WQ, on a scheduled regionalairline flight from Newark, New Jersey, to
Buffalo,New York. On February 12, 2009, at 10:17 p.m. EST, the plane crashedinto a
house in Clarence Center, New York, after experiencing an aerodynamic stall.All
49 people on board were killed, along with one person in the house.”
Final Report from Accident Investigation Branch available on Moodle to read.
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