AVIA245: Aviation Leadership

11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

The focus of this course is how an aviator can promote effective and safe aviation operations by developing and employing sound human factors leadership principles. Crew resource management, threat and error management, and safety management system concepts and programs will be evaluated against actual situations and aircraft accident case studies to help students develop their analytic and evaluative skills. Students will also learn their own personal strengths and how those strengths relate to human factors elements that contribute to effective aviation teams and an organizational culture that promotes safe mission accomplishment. 

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The course provides discussion, critical analysis and application of human factors leadership principles for the purpose of guiding students in gaining an understanding of how to develop into effective and safe aviation leaders, and how to effectively promote an ethical, safe, and effective aviation organizational culture.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Class Introduction Discussion

Each student will submit a 2–3 minute video presentation introducing themselves to their fellow classmates. Specific elements described in the assignment are to be included. This will be a graded assignment and you must reply to at least two other classmates’ introductions as well.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete various Discussions in this course. Each student will post an initial thread of a specified word count and then post 2 replies. These discussion are intended to be study guides and reflection opportunities.

Service Project Assignments (2)

Each student will plan, implement, and present a service project demonstrating leadership traits and objectives learned within this course while leading others to accomplish the project goals.

Service Project Plan Assignment

The student will prepare a 1-2 page paper (utilizing the template provided) presenting specific elements of the chosen service project. The service project must be approved by the instructor before implementation.

Service Project Presentation Assignment

The student will prepare a 4-6 minute visual and audio presentation (narrated PowerPoint) regarding the chosen, approved, and implemented service project.

Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned Module: Weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.

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