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ASCI 605 : Methods and Procedures for Aviation/Aerospace Research

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Methods and Procedures for Aviation/Aerospace Research
This course encompasses an explanation of methodology and data analysis procedures associated with aviation/ aerospace research. Included in the course is the study of current aviation and industry related research and problem solving methods, including techniques of problem identification, hypothesis formulation, design and use of data-gathering instruments, data collection, and methods of data analysis and presentation. Research and technical reports appearing in professional publications and archives are examined as exemplars of the use of statistical terminology, computations and reporting methods. A formal capstone project proposal, designed to address a problem in the students area of study will be developed and presented by each student as a basic course requirement.

This course is designed to support students in preparation for research during their studies for a MAS degree and applying research methodologies after graduation. The use and application of qualitative and quantitative analysis in an aviation/aerospace environment is the focus of these research methodologies. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate these skills through exercises and the development of a Graduate Capstone Project proposal introducing the key aspects that are required to produce an accepted proposal. Specifically the student will be expected to: (1) develop comprehension of scientific methods, including appropriate research methods, sources of information, the processes of collecting and analyzing data, techniques used for preparing and presenting reports in formats acceptable to instructors and other professionals; (2) critical review of data from both first hand and second hand sources to support or argue against a hypothesis. (3) acquire problem exploration and research skills and knowledge applied to identifying and solving problems, drawing conclusions, and making recommendations; (4) develop and prepare a formal, written Capstone Project Proposal.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Differentiate in writing the principal steps involved in conducting research given a current aviation/aerospace, appropriate industry, or area of specialization-related problem.

2. Select and apply a research methodology suitable for determining robust conclusions related to a research question.

3. Select, apply and determine statistical conclusions applicable for solving research questions and hypothesis.

4. Prepare a research plan designed to investigate an appropriate aviation/aerospace or degree program outcome related topic.

5. Develop a specific problem relating to a program outcome, a statement of the significance of the problem, a review of related literature and research, a testable hypothesis, and a reference section suitable for a comprehensive examination question/individual or group project.

6. Produce a timing plan for a research project to reflect dates, parallel tasks and availability of resources.

7. Analyze data using descriptive and inferential statistical procedures.

8. Assess the outcomes from research, including the possible implications of the expected findings, and the impact of unexpected conclusions.

9. Write research findings in accordance to APA format.

10. Develop a formal written AVIATION/AEROSPACE CAPSTONE PROJECT PROPOSAL that will allow students to demonstrate they have met each aspect of their applicable Program Outcomes. The proposal and presentation must reflect the degree of professionalism expected of a graduate student in the aviation/aerospace industry.

11. Demonstrate familiarity with the literature and research resources of ERAU and other research libraries, to include a variety of media such as books, journals, web-based information, electronic databases, and video and audio collections, referenced through electronic or catalogue search and retrieval.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
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Dr. Ian McAndrew - 4/1/2015
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