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Online · School of Aeronautics · Aeronautics

Aviation Safety
AVIA-300

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course provides the student with a detailed introduction into aspects of aviation safety, risk management, and the associated components of pilot psychology, human factors and accident trends, factors and analysis. Students will explore and develop their identity as an aviation leader as it relates to safety.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Safety is important in every aspect of aviation, and pilots and maintainers are an integral part of creating a culture of safety in their aircrafts and organizations. Considering this, the aviation student must learn all aspects of safety and understand how different agencies work together to lower accident rates.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe safety concepts.
  2. Examine aircraft accident reports while applying lessons learned to current operations.
  3. Apply the principles of aviation safety programs to his/her organization.
  4. Discuss the merits of aviation safety objectives.
  5. Explain the different accident prevention methodologies.

Course Resources

Required Resource

The resource below is provided in the course at no cost to the student. However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the resource, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of physical copies is optional.

Cusick, S. K., Cortes, A. I., & Rodrigues, C. C. (2017). Commercial Aviation Safety (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.

Disclaimer: The above resource provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
    5. Adobe Reader
    6. APA formatting information: http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, after reading the topic for each forum, the student will post a thread. In addition to the thread, the student will post replies of to 2 other students’ threads.

Book Report

The student will write a report with a 2-page body on either the FAA Risk Management Handbook or the FAA Operator’s Manual: Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance (download free from FAA.gov). The report must use current APA format and include a title page and a reference page that cites the Handbook or Operator’s Manual and any additional sources, if utilized.

Final Paper Outline

The student will write a 1-page outline for the Final Paper. The outline must introduce the topic that the student is writing about, outline the main points of the paper (include 3–4 sub-topics), and a conclusion (include personal/biblical view).

PowerPoint Presentation

The student will submit a PowerPoint presentation based on the accident of aircraft N200WQ, Colgan Airlines Flight 3407 on February 12, 2009 or N963AS, Alaska Airlines Flight 261 on January 31, 2000. Information about these accidents can be found in the NTSB database (link provided in the course) and other resources. The presentation must include a discussion of the pilot’s experience and maintenance practices, details of the accident, causal factors, and a professional recommendation for how the crash could have been avoided. The integration of YouTube links and other graphics is encouraged. The presentation must be 10–20 slides. Any references cited must be formatted according to current APA style.

Final Paper

The student will write a final paper with a 3 to 5-page body on a topic that is related to aviation safety (either on the ground or in the air). The paper must be written in Microsoft Word, adhere to current APA format, include a title page, abstract, and a reference page. It must cite at least 3 academic resources (books, journals, articles, etc.). Within the conclusion, the student will present a biblical verse/personal view to the reader. A sample paper is provided in order to show how the paper must be structured.

Quizzes (7)

The student will complete 7 open-book, open-notes quizzes. These assessments will include 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions. Each quiz will be based on the material from the assigned module/week’s Reading & Study. The student will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete each quiz.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums

(2 at 50 pts ea)

100

Book Report

150

Final Paper Outline

50

PowerPoint Presentation

100

Final Paper

250

Quizzes

(7 at 50 pts ea)

350

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

AVIA 300

Textbook:    Cusick et al, Commercial Aviation Safety (2017).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Cusick et al: ch. 5

3 websites

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Quiz 1

10

0

50

2

Cusick et al: ch. 2

1 presentation

Quiz 2

50

3

2 websites

1 presentation

Book Report

Quiz 3

150

50

4

Cusick et al: chs. 3–4

1 presentation

DB Forum 1

Final Paper Outline

Quiz 4

50

50

50

5

Cusick et al: ch. 6

1 presentation

PowerPoint Presentation

Quiz 5

100

50

6

Cusick et al: ch. 12

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Quiz 6

50

50

7

4 presentations

Final Paper

250

8

2 websites

1 presentation

Quiz 7

50

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

 

 

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.