Aeronautical Science (ASCI)


ASCI 509  Advanced Aerodynamics  3 Credits (3,0)

In this course, students will examine current flight applications and problems. Specifically, this includes transonic, supersonic, and hypersonic aerodynamics, principles of aircraft stability and control, and operational strength considerations. Emphasis is placed on the applications of the rapidly changing technological innovations in aerodynamics and the solutions to the problems created by these advances.

ASCI 514  Computer-Based Instruction  3 Credits (3,0)

This course addresses the design, development, and evaluation of instructional software as it applies to the aviation/aerospace industry. Students are offered practice in the systematic design of computer-based instruction, with emphasis in tutorials, drill and practice, and simulation. CBI lessons are developed using available authoring systems.

ASCI 515  Aviation/Aerospace Simulation Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

The course focus is on a comprehensive examination of simulation in modern aviation/aerospace that includes history, state-of-the-art, and current research and development. Discussions focus on the extent and impact of simulator application throughout the industry and the effects on training costs and safety. Topics range from basic design principles to flight crew training for initial qualification, continuation and currency purposes. The course emphasizes implementation of training that is transferable from simulated to real world environments. Systems simulators to the simulation models used in management, flight operations, scheduling, or air traffic control, are examined in detail.

ASCI 516  Applications in Crew Resource Management  3 Credits (3,0)

In this course, students examine the common concepts of crew resource management (CRM) as developed by major air carriers and explore the theoretical basis of such training. Topics such as supervision of crewmembers, counseling, manner and style, accountability, role management, and use of simulators and computer-based instruction will be studied. Each student has the opportunity to become knowledgeable in a specific area of CRM by assisting in the development of a CRM research document as part of the course.

ASCI 517  Advanced Meteorology  3 Credits (3,0)

A graduate-level treatment of major topics in meteorology. Topics include, but are not limited to: atmospheric circulation, the derivation and application of the equations of motion, the hydrostatic equation, atmospheric kinematics, derivation of the equation of continuity, the equation of state, basic concepts of thermodynamics, the mid-latitude cyclone; and mesoscale phenomena such as deep moist convection and locally forced circulations, development of thermal wind, and fundamental concepts in weather analysis and forecasting. The student will produce basic atmospheric analyses using conventional, satellite, and radar information. An overview of aviation weather hazards will be covered, and students will be introduced to the use of numerical weather prediction model products in weather forecasting applications.

ASCI 530  Unmanned Aerospace Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course offers a conceptual approach to overall system design of unmanned aircraft and spacecraft systems, including remotely operated and autonomous unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned space systems. Course will include the concepts of communication systems, payload systems, control stations and related systems, vehicle specific systems, and support systems. The requirements for system architecture development and conceptual level assessment of major system elements will be examined as they relate to use in industry. The major system elements will be evaluated from a systems engineering perspective to include consideration for cost and weight estimation, basic aircraft performance, safety and reliability, lifecycle topics, vehicle subsystems, and system integration.

ASCI 531  Robotics and Control  3 Credits (3,0)

The purpose of this course is to analyze the concepts of modeling, design, planning, and control of robotic systems. The student will evaluate robotics and control design decisions specific to unmanned systems, including remotely operated and autonomous unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned space systems. Course topics include robotics foundations in kinematics, dynamics, control, motion planning, trajectory generation, programming, telemetry, sensor integration, remote operation, and design. Course applications include task and motion planning for utilization within unmanned system technology.

ASCI 550  Aviation Education Foundations  3 Credits (3,0)

This course assists in developing contexts and concepts in which educational problems and issues may be understood, particularly the role of aviation in education. Emphasis is placed on aviation education and its historical and philosophical foundations.

ASCI 560  Advanced Rotorcraft Operations  3 Credits (3,0)

The course introduces the complexities of rotary wing flight systems and the advancements made to overcome them. The unique problems facing an organization involved in rotorcraft operations are studied, from the initial inception of a program to the government rules and regulations, environmental and noise considerations, special landing and take-off facilities, flight and maintenance ratings, and techniques of control. Special consideration is given to the unique problems and issues facing such rotorcraft operations as police, medical evacuation, forestry service, and corporate aviation.

ASCI 602  The Air Transportation System  3 Credits (3,0)

A study of air transportation as part of a global, multimodal transportation system, the course reviews the evolution of the technological, social, environmental, and political aspects of this system since its inception at the beginning of the previous century. The long-term and short-term effects of U.S. economic deregulation, energy shortages, governmental restraints, national and international issues, and international terrorism are examined. Passenger and cargo transportation, as well as military and private aircraft modes, is studied in relation to ever-changing transportation requirements.

ASCI 603  Aircraft and Spacecraft Development  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an overview of aircraft and spacecraft development. Included are vehicle mission, the requirements directed by economics, the military and defense considerations, and the research and developmental processes needed to meet the vehicle requirements. Aviation and aerospace manufacturing organizations and techniques are addressed to include planning, scheduling, production, procurement, supply and distribution systems. The course studies aviation and aerospace maintenance systems, from the built-in test equipment to the latest product support activities.

ASCI 604  Human Factors in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry  3 Credits (3,0)

This course presents an overview of the importance of the human role in all aspects of the aviation and aerospace industries. Emphasis is on issues, problems, and solutions of unsafe acts, attitudes, errors, and deliberate actions attributed to human behavior and the roles supervisors and management personnel play in these actions. Students examine the human limitations in the light of human engineering, human reliability, stress, medical standards, drug abuse, and human physiology. Discussions include human behavior as it relates to the aviator's adaptation to the flight environment, as well as the entire aviation/aerospace industry's role in meeting the aviator's unique needs.

ASCI 609  Aircraft Maintenance Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course features a detailed analysis of commercial air carrier and general aviation aircraft maintenance that includes regulation, organization and structure, capabilities and limitations, maintenance levels, inspection and reporting requirements, and prevention and correction inspections. Case studies of typical and unique maintenance scenarios are utilized. A major course objective is to heighten awareness of the critical interface of maintenance with flight, supply, and training activities.

ASCI 611  Aviation/Aerospace System Safety  3 Credits (3,0)

This course emphasizes the specialized integration of safety skills and resources into all phases of a systems life cycle. Accident prevention, beginning with systems engineering together with sound management, are combined in this course to enable students to fully comprehend their vital roles in preventing accidents. The total program, from basic design concepts through testing, maintenance/systems management, and operational employment, is fully examined and evaluated.

ASCI 612  Aviation/Aerospace Industrial Safety Management  3 Credits (3,0)

The course focus is on the modern work setting from an aviation and aerospace safety and health point of view. An analysis of the history of industrial safety leads the student to an understanding of why and how aviation/aerospace industrial safety management evolved into an advanced discipline. The roles of and interactions between government, corporation, safety management and the worker, in the dynamic, economy-driven environments of aviation and aerospace, are central themes.

ASCI 614  Advanced Aviation/Aerospace Curriculum Development  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will investigate the traditional manner of curriculum development and then proceeds to prepare an instructional framework for a variety of aviation and aerospace instructional programs. The course focuses on instructional strategies and delivery modalities, as well as the impact of social forces, in aviation/aerospace educational environments. Systematic approaches to planning, designing, implementing and evaluating curriculum development will also be explored.

ASCI 615  Aviation/Aerospace Accident Investigation and Analysis  3 Credits (3,0)

This course covers all aspects of the aircraft accident investigation process starting with preparation for investigation through report writing. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of human factors connected with flight and support crews activities in aviation operations. The course provides students with knowledge of the process of investigating accidents and incidents in an aviation organization. A critical analysis of selected aircraft accidents and an evaluation of causal factors are covered.

ASCI 617  Airport Safety and Certification  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides a review and analysis of all Federal regulations applicable to safe conduct of airport operations. The requirements for airport certification are covered as well as airport environmental protection and occupational safety compliance. Day-to-day safe operations are emphasized.

ASCI 618  Aviation/Aerospace Safety Program Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course covers the essential skills and methodology needed to plan and manage an effective aviation safety program. Emphasis is placed on understanding the principles of risk management, and the principles, tools, and techniques used in a Safety Management System. Methods to achieve enhanced safety, moving beyond mere compliance with regulatory requirements are studied.

ASCI 620  Air Carrier Operations  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an overview of air carrier operations from the viewpoints of the cockpit flight crew, cabin crew, operational specialists, managers, and dispatchers. Topics include airline history, organization, crewmember requirements, training programs, duty time, aircraft airworthiness, dispatch, flight operations, and maintenance. Air carrier operational problems, both domestic and internationally since deregulation and 9/11, will be explored.

ASCI 623  Aircraft Design and Development  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an overview of aircraft design and development. Included are vehicle mission, the requirements directed by economics, commercial operator requirements and requests, military and defense considerations, and research and developmental processes needed to meet vehicle requirements. Aviation and aerospace manufacturing organizations and techniques are addressed to include planning, scheduling, production, procurement, supply, and distribution systems. Aviation and aerospace maintenance systems from the built-in test equipment to the latest product support activities are explored.

ASCI 634  Aviation/Aerospace Psychology  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is a study of the complexities of human factors research in aviation, which draws extensively on such diverse areas as human physiology, basic learning theory, aviation safety, and pilot training. The course surveys the study of human behavior as it relates to the aviator's adaptation to the flight environment and attempts to design an occupant "friendly" flight deck module.Prerequisites: MSHF Capstone Option: MSHF 606, MSHF 612, MSHF 618, MSHF 624, RSCH 665, RSCH 670/ MSHF Thesis Option: MSHF 606, MSHF 612, MSHF 624, RSCH 665, RSCH 670.

ASCI 637  Unmanned Aerospace Systems Operations and Payloads  3 Credits (3,0)

This course focuses on the operational and payload capabilities of unmanned systems, including remotely operated and autonomous unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned space systems, under a variety of mission standards. Operational course content includes typical software and hardware installations, launch and recovery procedures, normal and emergency procedures, and the appropriate selection of payload based upon mission requirements. Students will research current and future payloads and sensor systems utilized in unmanned aircraft and space systems. An exploration of multi-mission payload applications and requirements, including state-of-the art, secure uplink and downlink telecommunications, signals intelligence, precision geo-location, airborne cellular network, and software-defined communications relay will be conducted.

ASCI 638  Human Factors in Unmanned Aerospace Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to present an overview of the importance of major human factors issues associated with unmanned systems, including remotely operated and autonomous unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned space systems operations across a variety of platforms employed in both commercial and military operations. Emphasis will be placed on the differences and commonalities between occupied and unoccupied systems, with a focus on the human factor issues encountered by individual unmanned operators (pilots and sensor operators) as well as UAS teams. Students will become familiar with human factor issues surrounding unmanned launch, recovery, long duration operations, fatigue, human performance, Ground Control Station (GCS) design, use of automation, Situation Awareness (SA), Crew Resource Management (CRM), integration into the National Air Space (NAS), attitudes and perspectives of both government agencies and public entities, use of technology to compensate for no-pilot-onboard, and regulatory issues and solutions. Discussions of human capabilities and limitations as it relates to safe and effective operation of unmanned aircraft and space systems in a variety of commercial and military operations will be included.

ASCI 654  Adult Teaching and Learning Techniques  3 Credits (3,0)

The major instructional strategies used in education with particular emphasis on higher education and adult learning are the core of this course. Multiple approaches as they relate to academic disciplines and grade levels are studied. The unique "cockpit classroom" environment will be discussed and evaluated.

ASCI 660  Sensation and Perception  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines how the human senses transform stimulus patterns of physical energy into the neural codes that become our perceptions of the world. This class will address advanced issues in human information processing with specific regard to the physical and psychological variables associated with sensory and perceptual phenomena. Topics include vision, audition, smell, taste, touch, balance, and phenomena common to all sensory modalities, such as feature enhancement, inhibition, adaptation, and stages of neural coding. While all the senses will be covered, special attention will be paid to the visual and tactile senses.

ASCI 691  Graduate Capstone Course  3 Credits (3,0)

The Master of Science in Aeronautics Capstone Course is the culminating effort of the student's entire learning experience. The student will complete a project or comprehensive exam that provides significant evidence of experience in aviation and aeronautical studies. Students will work with designated faculty to formulate, develop, and complete the aviation/aerospace project or exam. The completion of the Capstone Course is designed to document significant evidence that all Program Outcomes have been met, and provides the student evidence of experience to show to current and prospective employers. The Capstone Course will be taken at the end of the student's degree program.
Prerequisites: RSCH 665 and RSCH 670.