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Doctorate in Aviation (DAV)

Courses

DAV 701  Residency Seminar I  2 Credits

This course is designed to provide new Ph.D. students the knowledge they will need to become successful in their doctoral program. Upon completion, doctoral students will be able to navigate the ERAU online environment, understand and apply the academic policies and best practice standards set forth by the ERAU graduate academy, and demonstrate the ability to access support services and resources provided by ERAU to ensure their success. Students will gain the knowledge to effectively use Blackboard for their coursework, and to employ various statistical techniques using SPSS and research methods to common aviation research problems. Additionally, course objectives will reflect the responsibilities of doctoral students as they become members of The Academy, critical thinking and life transformation, scholarly research and writing seminar, time management and organization, forming a cohort of doctoral scholars at ERAU, and ethics in research. Students will have the opportunity to present their goals and objectives, and initial thoughts about their intended research areas.

DAV 702  Residency Seminar II  2 Credits

This seminar course will focus on the selection of appropriate and significant research problems for doctoral dissertations. Students will gain additional knowledge of elements of research, including selecting, validating and managing dissertation topics; conducting literature reviews; research design; and statistical methods. Case reviews of published dissertations will be conducted with emphasis on relevancy and importance in the aviation body of knowledge. Students will have the opportunity to present a preliminary proposal on a research topic of interest. Students will gain an understanding of the qualifying exam process and strategies for successful completion of the exam. Prerequisite: DAV 701.

DAV 703  Residency Seminar III  2 Credits

This seminar should be taken at or near the end of all course work. The seminar will focus on the dissertation prospectus. Students will present a summary of their preliminary literature review, their research plan, and their research question(s). Students will also function as mentors for other residency students enrolled in DAV 701 and DAV 702. Prerequisite: DAV 702.

DAV 704  Residency Seminar IV  0 Credits

Students will function as mentors for other students enrolled in DAV 701, DAV 702 and DAV 703. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair.

DAV 711  Foundations of Aviation  3 Credits

This course will explore the origins of aviation including certain events, developments, milestones, concepts and activities that have helped shape the modern world of aviation. To present the evolution of aviation, its structures, values and cultural impact; to examine the growth of aviation knowledge; and to discuss how these factors affect modern day practices.

DAV 712  Aviation Safety Management Systems  3 Credits

This course provides an in-depth study of Safety Management Systems (SMS) including safety risk management (i.e., hazards, risk, and controls); positive safety culture; quality management principles; reactive, proactive, and predictive safety management tools and methods; safety assurance; SMS implementation; forensic versus proactive safety management; and proactive airline safety programs, including data sharing issues.

DAV 713  The Economic Environment of Aviation  3 Credits

Economic applications to the aviation industry including the economics of an airline and how economic problems are analyzed. Demand analysis and its relation with price and economic conditions. Costs and supply and the interaction of demand. An in-depth examination of the economic aspects of the air transportation industry, with microeconomic analysis applied to decision making in the airline, general and corporate aviation, and airport businesses. Topics include: basic economics of air transport supply and demand; demand forecasting; cost drivers; network structures and strategies; ratemaking; yield, revenue and capacity management; regulatory issues; political influences; unique economic characters of international commercial aviation; capitalization and credit facilities; economic and structural analytical tools and models.

DAV 714  The Legal Environment of Aviation  3 Credits

This course will examine established national and international law and regulations affecting the aviation industry. Emphasis will be placed on the administrative law process, its rulemaking authority, associated laws, and judicial review. Aviation professionals will be introduced to the legal aspects of labor relations, tort liability, contract obligations, and property issues as they relate to aviation operations and decision making. The course will also look at the global impact of treaty law pertaining to passenger rights, cargo, foreign immunity, aircraft registration, and negligence liability.

DAV 715  Human Factors in Aviation  3 Credits

This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of the origins and current state of human factors in the aviation industry. Each module in this course will present students with fundamnetal instruction on core human factors concepts as well as include practical exercises to demonstrate the application of these concepts in the aviation doman (e.g., cockpit crew, air traffic control, aviation maintenance, spaceflight operations). Prerequisite: None.

DAV 716  Management of Systems Engineering  3 Credits

This course addresses the fundamental principles of engineering management in the context of systems engineering and explores issues related to effective planning, scheduling and assessment of technical progress, and identifying the unique challenges of the technical aspects of complex engineering systems and systems of systems, and the ability to manage them in the aviation domain. Focusing on applications in aviation, key topics include systems engineering methods and standards; concept definition, design and development; interface definition; requirements development and management; system architecture development; schedule analysis and management; risk assessment, systems integration; system-of-systems resilience; and verification and validation. The course also covers an examination of processes and methods to identify, control, audit, and track and manage the evolution of system characteristics throughout the system life cycle. Aviation-oriented areas of concentration will also include strategic management, organizational transformation, and organizational environments attendant to the management of systems engineering operations or projects.

DAV 721  Quantitative Research Methods in Aviation  3 Credits

This course provides an in-depth study of quantitative research methods and their integration with mixed methods research including the underlying philosophical and methodological schools of thought that form the foundation for the statistical analyses to test the hypothesis. Multiple worldviews and approaches to knowledge creation are examined. Course foundation techniques focus on the analysis of published research methods that employed statistical techniques. Students will create and manipulate databases; perform exploratory data analysis; interpret and present data graphically; test probability distributions and variances; generate random numbers; perform variable transformation; run statistical models; and make statistical inferences. The students will study the following statistical tests: tests of independence, regression, correlation, and analysis of variance. SPSS GradPack is required. Prerequisite: Introduction to Inferential Statistics.

DAV 724  Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis - Data Mining and Modeling  3 Credits

This course develops knowledge and skills of advanced quantitative data analysis through research applications of data mining and statistical modeling approaches. Major topics include the data mining process, data mining techniques, structural equation modeling approach, confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation modeling.
Prerequisites: DAV 721 and DAV 726.

DAV 725  Research Methods  3 Credits

This course develops the student?s understanding of the essential research methods used in social science research, including how to both choose and implement those methods. Major topics include research method selection, data collection techniques, instrumentation, sampling, ethical considerations, reliability, validity, data treatment plan, presenting results, and interpreting findings.
Prerequisites: DAV 721.

DAV 726  Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis  3 Credits

This course develops understanding and skills of quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques in the social sciences, when to use what technique, how to perform the data analysis, and how to interpret results. Major topics covered in this course include: differences between quantitative and qualitative data analysis, data analysis technique selection, major steps of the data analysis process, multivariate data analysis techniques, qualitative data analysis techniques, and reporting and interpreting results.
Prerequisites: DAV 721.

DAV 732  Aviation Organizational Dynamics  3 Credits

This course develops the student's understanding of the multi-faceted aviation organizational dynamics that interact within the global marketplace. In this course students will analyze current theory in organizational dynamics, ethics, leadership, group behavior, interaction with the global aviation environment, organizational adaptation, and the lifecycle process. The theories of organizational dynamics will be evaluated and applied to aviation organizations.

DAV 733  Globalization and the Aviation Environment  3 Credits

This course facilitates students in understanding the theory and practice associated with the operation of an airline or corporate flight department in a global setting. The increasing globalization of the aviation environment offers enormous opportunities and presents many pitfalls. Understanding how an airline or corporate flight department functions in a global environment is critical to be able to optimize activities to adapt an airline or corporate flight department to meet future trends in the global environment.

DAV 734  Operations Research & Decision-Making  3 Credits

This course develops the student's understanding of modeling and decision making theory as well as historic operational decisions and their consequences. The theory, formulation, solution techniques and sensitivity analysis of optimization problems includes linear, goal, integer, network flow and dynamic programs. Additional decision tools covered are project management, queuing theory, simulation, and decision models such as analytical hierarchy process. Software packages will be employed.

DAV 735  Current Practices and Future Trends in Aviation  3 Credits

This course develops the student's understanding of the current state of the global aerospace industry and its probable future evolutions. It identifies potential applied research studies and other opportunities that may result in significant improvements in short-term and long-term aviation-related advances. Sample activities include identifying national governments? roles in defining the future of aviation; appraising and projecting probable impacts that the global industry will experience as technologies advance and markets emerge and evolve; and examining industry involvement in technological innovations, the political decision-making process, and the role that the academic community has in supporting the modernization of the global airspace system.

DAV 736  User-Centered Design in Aviation  3 Credits

In this course, students will examine important user-centered design theories, principles, and practices, and demonstrate their application to guide the design of advanced aviation technologies (e.g., cockpit displays, crew stations, air traffic management systems, etc.). Specific emphasis will be placed on designing for situation awareness, which is critical for ensuring aviation safety and successful human performance outcomes. Students will be required to complete a design project that synthesizes the concepts presented throughout the course and promotes students' critical thinking and problem solving skills. The design project will provide students with an opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills in user-centered design to address a real world design challenge in the aviation domain.
Prerequisites: DAV 715.

DAV 737  Topics in Safety Management Systems  3 Credits

Safety Management Systems (SMS) in the aviation workplace in both ground and flight operations will be explored from both philosophical and pragmatic perspectives. The course will address SMS approaches set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Emphasis will be placed on exploring various research topics of concern for purposes of enhancing understanding of SMS and for constructing a concise and informative, professional publication or presentation
Prerequisites: DAV 712.

DAV 801  Qualifying Examination  0 Credits

The qualifying exams tests the student's mastery of core and specialization subject matter of the program. The exam will be conducted over a two-day period. Questions on the exam are prepared and subsequently graded by a committee of the program faculty with the oversight and approval of the department chair. The exams will be graded for course subject mastery which will include organization of the response, clarity of thought, depth of understanding, accuracy of information presented, and quality of writing. The student will be admitted to candidacy status upon successful completion of the qualifying exam, and will be enrolled in DAV 901 in the subsequent semester.

DAV 899  Special Topics in Aviation  1-3 Credit

This course allows the student to be assigned a directed study in an area of interest to the student and the faculty advisor. The student must develop a detailed proposal and present it to the faculty advisor for approval. This course may be repeated with different subject matter and with approval from the faculty advisor.

DAV 901  Dissertation Research 1  3-9 Credit

The student prepares a proposal for a detailed research study, has that proposal approved by the Executive Committee, is assigned a dissertation committee, completes the proposed study, and defends the completed draft in a dissertation oral examination. The topic of the dissertation is original, significant to the field of aviation, grounded in the existing literature, and doable by one person. The dissertation is a systematic exploration of a topic from problem statement through analytic procedures and methodology to findings and conclusions. A minimum of 18 hours of dissertation credits are required. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.

DAV 902  Dissertation Research 2  3-9 Credit

The student prepares a proposal for a detailed research study, has that proposal approved by the department chairperson, is assigned a dissertation committee, completes the proposed study, and defends the completed draft in a dissertation oral examination. The topic of the dissertation is original, significant to the field of aviation, grounded in the existing literature, and doable by one person. The dissertation is a systematic exploration of a topic from problem statement through analytic procedures and methodology to findings and conclusions. A minimum of 18 hours of dissertation credits are required.

DAV 903  Dissertation Research 3  3-9 Credit

The student prepares a proposal for a detailed research study, has that proposal approved by the department chairperson, is assigned a dissertation committee, completes the proposed study, and defends the completed draft in a dissertation oral examination. The topic of the dissertation is original, significant to the field of aviation, grounded in the existing literature, and doable by one person. The dissertation is a systematic exploration of a topic from problem statement through analytic procedures and methodology to findings and conclusions. A minimum of 18 hours of dissertation credits are required.

DAV 904  Dissertation Research 4  3-9 Credit

The student prepares a proposal for a detailed research study, has that proposal approved by the department chairperson, is assigned a dissertation committee, completes the proposed study, and defends the completed draft in a dissertation oral examination. The topic of the dissertation is original, significant to the field of aviation, grounded in the existing literature, and doable by one person. The dissertation is a systematic exploration of a topic from problem statement through analytic procedures and methodology to findings and conclusions. A minimum of 18 hours of dissertation credits are required.

DAV 905  Dissertation Research 5  3-9 Credit

The student prepares a proposal for a detailed research study, has that proposal approved by the department chairperson, is assigned a dissertation committee, completes the proposed study, and defends the completed draft in a dissertation oral examination. The topic of the dissertation is original, significant to the field of aviation, grounded in the existing literature, and doable by one person. The dissertation is a systematic exploration of a topic from problem statement through analytic procedures and methodology to findings and conclusions. A minimum of 18 hours of dissertation credits are required.

DAV 906  Dissertation Research 6  3-9 Credit

The student prepares a proposal for a detailed research study, has that proposal approved by the department chairperson, is assigned a dissertation committee, completes the proposed study, and defends the completed draft in a dissertation oral examination. The topic of the dissertation is original, significant to the field of aviation, grounded in the existing literature, and doable by one person. The dissertation is a systematic exploration of a topic from problem statement through analytic procedures and methodology to findings and conclusions. A minimum of 18 hours of dissertation credits are required.

DAV 907  Dissertation Research 7  3-9 Credit

The student prepares a proposal for a detailed research study, has that proposal approved by the department chairperson, is assigned a dissertation committee, completes the proposed study, and defends the completed draft in a dissertation oral examination. The topic of the dissertation is original, significant to the field of aviation, grounded in the existing literature, and doable by one person. The dissertation is a systematic exploration of a topic from problem statement through analytic procedures and methodology to findings and conclusions. A minimum of 18 hours of dissertation credits are required.

DAV 908  Dissertation Research 8  3-9 Credit

The student prepares a proposal for a detailed research study, has that proposal approved by the department chairperson, is assigned a dissertation committee, completes the proposed study, and defends the completed draft in a dissertation oral examination. The topic of the dissertation is original, significant to the field of aviation, grounded in the existing literature, and doable by one person. The dissertation is a systematic exploration of a topic from problem statement through analytic procedures and methodology to findings and conclusions. A minimum of 18 hours of dissertation credits are required. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission.