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My favourite Aviation and Airport Management modules

My favourite Aviation and Airport Management modules

Hello! 🙂 I hope you’re staying safe!

If you’re thinking about joining the Aviation and Airport Management course at University College Birmingham, this blog will tell you all about my favourite modules!

Year 1 – Aviation Crew Resource Management

This was the very first module I learned on this degree and it was my favourite throughout my first year!

Crew Resource Management was born out of a series of catastrophic plane crashes. In the 1970s more than 70% of plane crashes were a result of human error, therefore Crew Resource Management Training was developed to ensure that all available resources (information, people and equipment) were used to achieve safe and efficient flight operations.

In this module, you will learn what causes human error, including leadership, interpersonal communications and decision-making, and you will learn how CRM aims to train staff into avoiding these situations. For example, you will learn what a pilot should do if they start losing situational awareness, or what Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs/checklists) cabin crew should carry out in order to avoid making any mistakes. For this module, we used US Airways Flight 1549 as a case study for our assignment and I found this really interesting! I also watched the film Sully: Miracle on the Hudson as it is based on this event and the film makes it really easy to understand what happened.

Year 2 – Managing Human Factors in Aviation

This module builds upon the principles learned in the Crew Resource Management module as it is about understanding the relationship between human behaviour and performance. Human Factors expertise is applied to aviation operations to improve the connection between people and the systems in which they work in order to increase safety and performance. Human Factors covers a range of issues, including:

  • perceptual, physical and mental capabilities,
  • the interraction and effects on individuals of their job and working environments,
  • the influence of equipment and system design on human performance.

I particularly found this module interesting because we were taught about the system of nerves within the human body and how we process information and the limitations of our brain, as well as how our short-term and long-term memory work.

Year 3 – Contemporary Aviation Issues

This module allows us to look at macro forces (a significant event or period of time, such as population growth, skill development, FDI, Aviation Alliances, Economic Alliances) which have affected the aviation industry in a particular country. Our case study for our assignment was Africa and we had to choose an economic bloc and then a country within that economic bloc to analyse, so I chose to study Ethiopia which is under the COMESA economic bloc.

This module taught us the following:

  • How to identify the competitiveness of an economic bloc and nation state
  • How to evaluate a significant macro force present within the state context
  • How to assess the positive impact that a macro force can have on the aviation sector within a chosen nation state

You can take a look at the full list of modules within this course by clicking here!

These modules aren’t the only things to look forward to when joining this course, because every year we take a trip abroad! It is designed to give you hands-on experience and knowledge about the module you are studying and I consider myself to be extremely lucky to have travelled abroad on my degree course! In my first year I went to Cyprus and the second year I went to Dubai, but the third year’s trip unfortunately was cancelled due to the pandemic. Hopefully, when we return in September, flights abroad will begin increasing, meaning you can go on your trips abroad!

I hope you are looking forward to joining us! I guarantee you will really enjoy this course!

Thanks for reading!

Charley x



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