Master of Science in Aeronautics (MSA)


MSA 508  Advanced Airport Modeling  3 Credits

A study of advanced airport and airspace planning to support day-to-day operations, resource allocation, and strategic analysis. Emphasis is put on the use of computer software to create working airport and airspace models to solve common airport and airspace operational problems. Airport and airspace background material and procedures will be covered in supplemental lectures. Total Airport and Airspace Modeler (TAAM) software will be used as the primary planning and analysis tool. TAAM is the most advanced and comprehensive interactive software available for this type of analysis. Students are taught how to use the TAAM software on a UNIX-based SUN workstation. To accomplish this task, students will be divided into research teams for purposes of developing a simulation and conducting the group object portion of the course. Each team will be assigned a project of completing a realistic working simulation model of an actual airport, which they will then use to solve an operational problem.

MSA 514  Computer Based Instruction  3 Credits

This course addresses the design, development, and evaluation of instructional software as it applies to the aviation/aerospace industry. The course offers 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.

MSA 515  Aviation/Aerospace Simulation Systems  3 Credits

A comprehensive examination of simulation in modern aviation/aerospace that includes history, state-of-the-art, and current research and development. Discussion focuses on the extent and impact of simulator applications throughout the industry and the effects on training costs and safety. Topics include the flight crew being checked out, updated, evaluated, or retrained in aircraft and systems simulators to the simulation models used in management, flight operations, scheduling, or air traffic control.

MSA 516  Applications in Crew Resource Management  3 Credits

This course examines the common concepts of crew resource management (CRM) as developed by major air carriers and explores the theoretical basis of such training. Topics such as supervision of crewmembers, counseling, manner and style, accountability, and role management are 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. Additionally, each student uses simulators and computer-based instruction to supplement their academic instruction.

MSA 518  Online Learning Environment  3 Credits

This course focuses on what is required to develop an online learning environment that is realistic to the end user. The student will develop a thorough understanding of the hardware and software required to develop and display an online environment. This course is designed to be an elective offered within the MSA Education Specialization. This course discusses the theory and practice involving an online learning environment. It explores models of online learning environment (OLEs) as applied to the aviation/aerospace industry. Students will investigate the theoretical, conceptual, instructional, and technical framework of implementing and using this environment. Online Learning Environment is designed to help students become proficient in educational cyberspace. Topics include overview of online learning environments, how people learn, applying the multimedia principles; use of words and graphics rather than words alone, applying the coherence principle; adding interesting material can hurt learning, applying the personalization principle; use conversational style and virtual coaches, personalization principle one; use conversational rather than formal style, design practice in e-learning, practice principle one: interactions should mirror the job, psychological reasons for job-relevant practice, evidence for the benefits of practice, learning together on the web, learning control versus program control, the effectiveness of learner control in e-learning and asynchronous learning interactions.

MSA 520  Introduction to Air Traffic Control Tower  3 Credits (1,2)

This course is required as part of the MSA ATM Track 2 Program. This course provides students with a fundamental knowledge of VFR tower operations in the U.S. air traffic control system and develops content knowledge in the following areas: control tower equipment and operating positions; the airport traffic area; navigation aids; airspace; VFR traffic patterns; controller/pilot phraseology; aircraft taxi instructions; control of vehicle movement; interagency communications and intra-facility coordination; federal aviation regulations; notification and handling of emergency aircraft; flight progress trip marking; aircraft recognition and characteristics; wake turbulence and its effects on arriving/departing aircraft; VFR and IFR ATC procedures; runway incursions; using ATIS; NOTAMs; and criteria for runway selection. The course also provides essential information that is useful for pilots and other aviation professionals. Students are required to research an aviation topic on ATCT operations in the NAS.
Prerequisites: AT 200 and AT 302 and AT 305.

MSA 521  Professional Pilot Operations I  1 Credit

In this course the student will demonstrate knowledge of professionalism as it pertains to the FAA certified private pilot. The student will attain FAA certification as a private pilot with airplane single engine land ratings and will complete a project or other deliverable demonstrating an understanding of professionalism as a private pilot.
Corequisites: AS 121 and FA 121.

MSA 532  Professional Pilot Operations II  1 Credit

In this course the student will demonstrate knowledge of professionalism as it pertains to the FAA certificated instrument pilot. The student will, depending on their flight track; attain either as FAA instrument rating on their private pilot single engine certificate or an FAA multi engine and instrument rating on their private pilot certificate. The student will complete a project or other deliverable demonstrating an understanding of professionalism as an instrument rated private pilot.
Prerequisites: MSA 521 Corequisites: AS 221 and FA 221 or AS 121 and FA 122 and FA 222.

MSA 534  Application of Unmanned Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course prepares students to understand the application of unmanned systems and their respective elements and technology to the operational domains, including atmospheric, exo-atmospheric, ground, and maritime environments. It includes applications, business cases, selection criteria, limitations and constraints, and ethical, safety, and legal considerations. Students will research, appraise, and recommend unmanned system tasking, environmental operational requirements, and system collaboration opportunities.

MSA 536  Unmanned Aerospace Systems Applications for 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 tilization within unmanned system technology.

MSA 543  Professional Pilot Operations III  1 Credit

In this course the student will demonstrate knowledge of professionalism as it pertains to the FAA certificated commercial pilot with airplane multi engine ratings. The student will attain an FAA commercial pilot certificate with airplane multi engine land ratings. The student will complete a project or other deliverable demonstrating an understanding of professionalism as a commercial multi engine pilot.
Prerequisites: MSA 532 Corequisites: AS 321 and (FA 321 and FA 323) or AS 321 and (FA 322 and FA 326) or AS 321 and (FA 324 and FA 326)

MSA 550  Aviation Education Foundations  3 Credits

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.

MSA 590  Graduate Seminar  1-3 Credit

A study of the most current advancements in a particular field of study as determined by the instructor of the course. The course has a different topic each term depending on the varied interests of the students, the graduate faculty, or the research requirements of the Aeronautical Science department.

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

Air Transportation is a complex and rapidly evolving industry that plays a substantial role in global and national economies and in efforts to improve environmental quality and promote sustainable development. Major components include the human, technological, environmental and operational aspects of airports, airspace, air traffic management, aircraft and aircraft component manufacturing and design, airlines, and other airspace users. This course is foundational for the Master of Science in Aeronautics degree and focuses on the complex global air transportation system infrastructure, its strengths and vulnerabilities, and the influences by and impacts to global and national economies, environmental sustainability, and technological advancement.

MSA 604  Human Factors and Psychology 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. It emphasizes the 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. The course studies human limitations in the light of human engineering, human reliability, stress, medical standards, drug abuse, and human physiology. The course examines 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.

MSA 608  Aviation/Aerospace Accident Investigation and Safety Systems  3 Credits

A critical analysis of selected aircraft accidents and an evaluation of causal factors. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of human factors connected with flight and support crew activities in aviation operations. Identification and implementation of accident prevention measures are stressed as integral parts of the development of a complete safety program.

MSA 609  Aircraft Maintenance Management  3 Credits

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 used. A major course objective is to heighten awareness of the critical interface of maintenance with flight, supply, and training activities.

MSA 610  Applied Aviation Safety Programs  3 Credits

This course covers the U.S. proactive voluntary programs that are part of the Federal Aviation Administration ? National Aeronautics and Space Administration (FAA-NASA) integrated safety research plan, as well as the voluntary aviation safety information sharing in the air carrier industry. Air Traffic Control (ATC) performance monitoring programs such as the Performance Data Analysis and Reporting System (PDRS) and the Air Traffic Safety Action Plan (ATSAP) complement programs such as Flight Operations Quality (FOQA) and Aviation Safety Action Plan (ASAP), which compile air carrier data. Programs used by carriers such as the Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) and Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA) address discovered threats and add to the synoptic review. Organizational safety includes the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program (VDRP). Confidentiality and protection of the data, as codified in Part 91 for ASRS and later in Part 193, are integral to the success of the programs.

MSA 611  Aviation/Aerospace System Safety  3 Credits

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.

MSA 612  Safety Program Management  3 Credits

This course examines the modern work setting from an occupational safety and health point of view that includes aviation related situations. Examination of the history of occupational safety leads the student to an understanding of how and why safety management principles and techniques interconnect the interests and goals of management, the worker, and government agencies to their mutual benefit is the major focus of this course. Students will examine and develop key components of a Safety Management System as part of this course.

MSA 613  Airport Operations Safety  3 Credits

A study of airport operations safety as applied to day-to-day operations. A review and analysis of all federal regulations applicable to operations and safety are conducted.

MSA 614  Advanced Aviation/Aerospace Curriculum Development  3 Credits

This course will investigate the traditional manner of curriculum development and then proceed to prepare an instructional framework for a variety of aviation and aerospace instructional programs.

MSA 616  Leadership and Critical Decision Making in the Aviation Industry  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines practical leadership skills and applications for aviation leaders. Students will understand the complexity of effective leadership, the source of knowledge about leadership in aviation organizations, and the limitations of this knowledge Through the use of case studies in Air Traffic Management, Aviation Logistics, Aviation Maintenance and Aviation Production and Procurement, students will analyze leadership in aviation, critical decision making concepts and apply learned concepts to resolve problems in the industry.Goals: This is a graduate-level course in the Master of Science in Aeronautics degree program. This course is designed to give students in the Air Traffic Management Aerospace Operations and Aerospace Management, and other related specializations a practical and comprehensive understanding of leadership theories and practice as well as critical decision making processes that can be applied in government FAA organizations and the aviation/aerospace industry.

MSA 617  En route Radar Operations  3 Credits

This course expands on the skills, knowledge, and abilities the student has acquired in previous ATC classes. This course presents more demanding and complex traffic scenarios that require higher level performance and decision-making skills and prepares the student for initial training in any ATC specialization. Students will also gain an appreciation for the challenges of implementing large-scale changes in the National Airspace System. Upon successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate the knowledge and technical aptitude required for entry-level qualification as an air traffic control specialist. Students will demonstrate their ability to research, analyze, prepare, and present a paper in class that addresses a problem or question derived from the FAA's National Airspace System Capital Investment Plan. Problems will be analyzed through assignments and discussion.

MSA 618  En route Non-Radar Operations  3 Credits

This course introduces students to the non-radar procedures and minima prescribed in FAAH 7110.65 and builds upon knowledge gained in prerequisite courses, all in a simulated environment. Training includes the vertical, lateral, and longitudinal separation of aircraft in the departure, en route, and arrival phases of flight. Phraseology, strip marking, instrument and visual approaches, and the coordination procedures necessary to complete these functions are included in the simulated ATC scenarios. Students will demonstrate their ability to research, analyze, prepare, and present a paper in class that addresses a problem or question derived from the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS).
Prerequisites: AT 200 and AT 302 and AT 305 and AT 401 and MSA 617.

MSA 620  Air Carrier Operations  3 Credits

A study of air carrier flight operations systems from the viewpoints of the ground-based dispatcher, operations specialists, managers, and the cockpit flight crew. Topics include advanced flight planning, aircraft performance and loading considerations, impact of weather conditions, and routing priorities.

MSA 622  Corporate Aviation Operations  3 Credits

The establishment and operations of a corporate flight department are examined along with the procedures and techniques generally accepted as standards by professional corporate flight operations. Included is a practical view of the corporate aviation mission of management mobility and use of the resources available to accomplish it.

MSA 627  Ethical Leadership in Aviation and Labor Management Relations in the Federal Sector  3 Credits

This course gives students an understanding of the political, economic, social, technical, and environmental importance of the air traffic control system in the National Airspace System. The course develops content knowledge in the following areas: the Federal Aviation Administration, its mission, organization, and operation; management and leadership concepts as they relate to a federal bureaucracy; safety management systems and culture; quality control; and air traffic facility management objectives and policies. Labor-management relations in the federal sector will also be covered, including statutes, regulations, and contracts; management rights and responsibilities; union and employee rights and responsibilities; grievances and unfair labor practices; the bargaining process; memoranda of understanding, facility directives, and past practices; participative management; supervisory notes; equal employment opportunities and model workforce issues; employee assistance programs; interpersonal skills; performance management and constructive discipline; employee ethics on and off the job; development from an organizational perspective; and technical training administration.

MSA 630  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.

MSA 632  Unmanned Systems Command, Control, and Communications  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides a detailed examination of the command, control, and communication (0) of unmanned systems. The student will examine and evaluate elements and components, interoperability, human factors, operator controls and interactions, situational awareness, teaming, supervisory control, infrastructure, and considerations associated with C3 Course applications include identifying currentunmanned system C3 issues, recommending strategies or solutions to address issues, and evaluating appropriate C3 elements, components, or technology to support unmanned system missions and tasks.

MSA 636  Advanced Aviation/Aerospace Planning Systems  3 Credits

Planning and decision-making techniques and strategies used in the aviation industry are emphasized. The types and sources of data needed for decisions about route development and expansion, fleet modernization, and new markets are examined. The methods of collecting, analyzing, and applying the data through computer applications, modeling, heuristic, value theory, and payoff tables are studied. The limitations and problems associated with strategic planning are discussed.

MSA 641  Production and Procurement Management in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry  3 Credits

The evolution of an air carrier aircraft from design concept to delivery is examined from the perspectives of the purchaser, manufacturer, component manufacturer, operator, and certificator/regulator. The study of the process begins with demand analysis and continues through purchase contracting, manufacturing, marketing, certification, pre-delivery activities, and introduction into service.

MSA 644  Integrated Logistics Support in Aviation/Aerospace  3 Credits

This course is a study of the elements of a modern integrated logistics system. The organizational structure, inventory management, principles of warehousing, traffic management, international logistics, and quality management principles as they apply to logistics are key elements. The impact of just-in-time systems and quality management principles on physical distribution and their relationship with integrated package and cargo carriers, advancements in intermodal transportation, and the deregulation of the transportation industry are probed. The characteristics of system design to meet requirements of reliability, maintainability, and supportability are examined. The economic feasibility of a logistics system, including a life-cycle cost analysis, is explored. The explosion of computer technology and its effect on electronic data interchange capability as they influence logistics policies and practices are explored. The use of computer software to solve logistics problems is introduced.

MSA 654  Adult Teaching and Learning Techniques  3 Credits

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 "flight deck classroom" environment will be discussed and evaluated.

MSA 661  Human-Computer Interaction  3 Credits

This course discusses the importance of good interfaces and the relationship of user interface design to human-computer interaction (HCI). Topics include interface quality and methods of evaluation; interface design examples; dimensions of interface variability; dialogue genre; dialogue tools and techniques; user-centered design and task analysis; prototyping and the iterative design cycle; user interface implementation; prototyping tools and environments; I/O devices; basic computer graphics; and color and sound.

MSA 662  Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace  3 Credits

This course includes the review, design, planning, analysis, and statistical interpretation of data from the aviation/aerospace industry. Students will build on statistical theory and learn advanced techniques that can be applied to problem solving, research analysis, and numerical interpretation of data from the aviation/aerospace industry. Students will learn to identify parametric and non-parametric statistics, develop correlation methods for linear and non linear data, and statistical significance testing between samples and within samples. Students will undertake projects using computer programs for data that is derived or given. Statistical results will be presented in tabular, graphical, and numerical formats in accordance with the American Psychological Association style of writing.

MSA 670  Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace  3 Credits

This course is designed to equip students with the theoretical techniques and skills needed to identify, apply, and solve qualitative and quantitative aviation/aerospace research problems. The course introduces the need for non-numerical data analysis and how part of a methodology can allow for in depth analysis of complex issues and relationships. Sampling and data gathering in a systematic manner is incorporated into research methodologies. The use of numerical analysis on qualitative data is covered to result in significance solutions and recommendations.
Prerequisites: MSA 662.

MSA 672  Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the fundamental principles of systems integration in the context of aviation/ aerospace applications. It explores issues related to effective planning, scheduling and assessment of technical progress, identifying the unique challenges of complex engineering systems and the ?systems of systems? concept, and the ability to manage them in the aviation/aerospace domain. Key topics include systems integration methods and standards; concept definition, design and development; interface definition; requirements development and management; system architecture development; schedule analysis and management; risk assessment; system-of-systems resilience; and verification and validation. Prerequisite: MSA 662.
Prerequisites: MSA 662.

MSA 674  Project Management in Aviation Aerospace  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the concepts and principles of project management in the aviation/aerospace industry. It addresses the ten knowledge areas of project management: integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, procurement, and stakeholders. Process areas of initiation, planning, execution, control, and closure of projects are studied. Emphasis is placed on strategies for developing projects in an aviation/aerospace environment. Project management software is utilized as appropriate. Prerequisite: MSA 662.
Prerequisites: MSA 662.

MSA 691  Graduate Capstone Research Project  3 Credits

The Master of Science in Aeronautics Capstone Course is a culminating effort of the student's entire learning experience in the MSA degree. It is a written document on an aviation/aerospace topic that exposes the student to the technical aspects of writing. This course is included in the MSA curriculum to provide the student with the opportunity to research a project of special interest, but not to the level of a thesis. This is a required course for those students who choose not to write a thesis. Students will work with designated faculty to formulate, develop, and complete the aviation/aerospace project. The completion of the Capstone Course is designed to document significant evidence that all Program Learning 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: MSA 662 and MSA 670.

MSA 696  Graduate Internship in Aeronautical Science  1-3 Credit

The Master of Science in Aeronautics (MSA) Internship is designed to give graduate students the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills, and aptitude gained at Embry-Riddle in a professional environment while gaining real-world experience. The Internship incorporates professional experience with required weekly progress reports and a formal final report. The Internship allows the student to use an MSA Program Coordinator and Career Services approved internship (MSA 696) as a graduate course. In this option, MSA 696 (1-3 Credits) is combined with a corresponding Special Topics course (MSA-699, 1-2 Credits) in order to give the student a total of 3 Credits for this graduate course option.

MSA 699  Special Topics in Aeronautical Science  1-6 Credit

Students may elect to perform a special, directed analysis and/or independent study in an area of particular interest. A detailed proposal of the desired project must be developed and presented to the center director or department chair for faculty review and recommendation at least three weeks prior to the end of registration for a term.

MSA 700  Thesis  1-9 Credit

The Master of Science in Aeronautics Thesis is a culminating effort of the student's entire learning experience in the MSA program. It is a written document on an aviation/aerospace topic supervised throughout its preparation by the student's Thesis Committee. The Thesis demonstrates the student's mastery of the chosen topic and the research and results are of sufficient quality for publication.
Prerequisites: MSA 662 and MSA 670.