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ASCI 615 : Aviation/Aerospace Accident Investigation and Analysis

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Aviation/Aerospace Accident Investigation and Analysis
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.

A comprehensive study of the elements of aircraft accident investigation is essential to continued improvements in aviation safety programs. This course is designed to ensure that the student has a detailed comprehension of the need for safety programs, the vital role management plays in safety, the relationship of human factors in mishaps, an awareness of identifying risk and problem areas before an accident occurs, and familiarity with the accident investigative process and evaluation of casual factors.

Upon course completion, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate the methods of collecting, preserving, and reconstructing accident scene data (e.g., explain the major elements of accident scene photography).

2. Discuss and apply legislation and regulations governing accident reporting, recovery, jurisdiction and investigation.

3. Explain and apply the composition and role of the initial response or “go” team

4. Describe and differentiate the roles and responsibilities of the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, Military Agencies, and others for the conduct of aircraft accident investigations.

5. Describe and discuss problems associated with conducting crash site investigations.

6. Identify and discuss the methods, techniques, and procedures involved in aircraft accident investigation.

7. Demonstrate witness interview techniques.

8. Analyze the elements of accident scene safety.

9. Understand and apply investigative techniques associated with three phases of crash survival (impact, egress, and environment).

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

10. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter (effective July 1, 2013).

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
Input Grading Item100

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
Dr. Katherine A. Moran - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kent Anderson - 3/1/2015
Dr. Ian R. McAndrew - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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