School of Aviation
AVIA 3401 Aviation Safety & Resource Management


This course aims to help students to develop an understanding of Flight Safety and its relationship to the aviation industry. The other component of this course aims to help students to develop an understanding of human performance and the way that it affects the aviation industry.


Dr Brett Molesworth

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the principles of aviation safety.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the skills required for managing safety in an aviation environment.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of cognitive aspects of human performance that are relevant to organisational and professional groups in the aviation industry;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of factors that affect human performance in aviation;
  5. Work as part of a small group to provide a concise overview of a human factors issue.


To be advised.

Required Text

  • Investigating Human Error, Strauch B., 2004

Recommended Texts

  1. Black Box (1996) Nicholas Faith.
  2. Air Travel: How safe is it? (1997) Laurie Taylor. Blackwell Science.
  3. Attitude or Latitude? Australian Aviation Safety (2001) Graham Braithwaite.
  4. Culture at work in aviation and medicine, Helmreich R. and Merritt A., 1998.
  5. The field guide to Human Error Investigations, Dekker S., 2004.
  6. Beyond Aviation Human Factors, Maurino D., Reason J., Jonhston N. and Lee R., 1995.

Recommended Journals

  • International Journal of Aviation Psychology (IJAP). Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers.
  • Human Factors and Aerospace Safety (HFAS). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishers.

These texts are available for loan from the UNSW library or to buy from the University Bookshop. Please do not limit yourself to these books - be imaginative and use the library resources. You will find that safety related books and periodicals are spread among various sections in the library - use the Library Resource Database. Additional readings and resources will be indicated during lectures.

These texts and Journals are available from the UNSW Library & University Bookshop.

Learning Resources

The University of New South Wales provides a range of resources to help students develop their skills and to realise their full potential. The Learning Centre, located at the entrance to the Library provides guidance material, which is also available on-line.

In particular, students may wish to access the following:

Note-Taking Skills
The Basics of Essay Writing
Answering Assignment Questions
Report Writing FAQs
The Basics of Studying for Exams
Surviving Exams
Exam Skills
The American Psychological Association (APA) Referencing System