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ASCI 618 : Aviation/Aerospace Safety Program Management

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Aviation/Aerospace Safety Program Management
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.

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. Understand the relationship between safety management and other quality management standards. This course will familiarize graduate students with the information applicable to organizational accident prevention and development of accident prevention programs with an emphasis on the key elements of Safety Management Systems. The focus is on the influence of "management" in carrying out Safety.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Describe, compose, analyze and apply the principles and theories of key Safety Management System elements, with an effective safety policy and a major influence towards program ownership; to include responsibility, accountability, and the commitment of management.

2. Demonstrate and explain the risk management process and its application of safety assurance to allow monitoring and measurement of safety performance, through the use of audits and surveys to identifying hazards, assessing their impact, and mitigating or removing the hazard for continuous improvement process of the program.

3. Explain and illustrate effective safety promotion and its application to provide a foundation for a sound safety culture through which safety programs are managed and integrated across the functional entities of the whole organization, with emphasis on training, communication, and participation.

4. Identify and describe safety team member positions, typical roles, job description, responsibilities, personnel requirements and functions of personnel involved in the safety management process and an effective safety program.

5. Describe the basis of major management theories and techniques that have influenced the practice of safety management programs in aviation, and describe current examples of safety management programs and variants in aviation today.

6. Identify measures of safety performance which can be used to evaluate the performance of persons involved in the various safety-functional roles.

7. Identify and describe the nature and scope of agencies that enforce safety and health legislation and related compliance operations.

8. Describe and understand the key principles in the development of an integrated aviation safety program to include: incident/accident investigations and reporting systems, safety audits and inspections, performance criteria and evaluation programs, job safety analysis, and trend analysis programs.

9. Develop communication techniques and training requirements to encourage employees, supervisors, and managers in the use of safety reporting, safety action, and voluntary reporting programs to reduce risk to employees, customers, and assets.

10. Identify and apply appropriate research methodologies and data analysis for graduate level problems related to course subject matter

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

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

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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
Michael Millard - 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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