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TRAN 490 : Transportation Science Capstone Course

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Transportation Science Capstone Course
The Transportation Science Capstone Course is the culminating effort of the student's entire learning experience. The student will complete a project that provides significant evidence of experience in transportation studies. Students will work with designated faculty members to formulate, develop, and complete the transportation project. The completion of the Capstone Course is designed to document significant evidence that Program 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 as the final course of the program.

The goal of the Transportation Science Capstone course is to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate they have met Program Outcomes. Students will work on an individual project that is aligned with Program Outcomes. Projects will require extensive research that supports the project and Program Outcomes. Students are required to present and defend their project.

Program Outcomes 1 – 7 are the General Education Core Competency Outcomes

1. Critical ThinkingThe student will show through a variety of mediums the knowledge at a synthesis level to define and solve problems within professional and personal environments.

2. Quantitative ReasoningThe student will demonstrate the use of digitally-enabled technology (including concepts, techniques and tools of computing), mathematics proficiency and analysis techniques to interpret data for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions and solving associated problems.3. Information LiteracyThe student will conduct meaningful research, including fathering information from primary and secondary sources and incorporating and documenting source material in his or her writing.

4. CommunicationThe student will communicate concepts in written, digital and oral forms to present technical and non­ technical information.5. Scientific LiteracyThe student will be able to analyze scientific evidence as it relates to the physical world and its interrelationship with human values and interests.6. Cultural LiteracyThe student will be able to analyze historical events, cultural artifacts, and philosophical concepts.7. Life Long Personal GrowthThe student will be able to demonstrate the skills needed to enrich the quality of life through activities which enhance and promote lifelong learning.Program Outcomes 8 - 17 are the Core Program Outcomes for the BST degree program.Core Outcomes8. Air Transport SystemThe student will identify and apply the fundamentals of air transportation as part of a global transportation system, including the technological, social, economical, and political aspects of the system as they applies to passenger and cargo operations and management.9. Highway SystemsThe student will demonstrate and discuss the characteristics of commercial, public, and private vehicles, as well as road and highway infrastructure, and the factors that lead to differences in the economics, pricing, and operations of the various forms of highway transportation and evaluate each method where used.10. Rail SystemsThe student will apply the operational, economic, and regulatory characteristics of rail vehicles and rail right-of-ways for the movement of people and freight, to identify the advantages and potential of rail to the transportation system as a whole.11. Marine SystemsThe student will apply their knowledge of the characteristics of marine vessels and the waterways on which they operate, as well as the economics, regulatory considerations, maritime and international laws, to evaluate the role of marine transport systems in the efficient transport of passengers and cargo.12. Pipeline SystemsThe student will demonstrate and justify the economics and regulatory aspects of pipelines, to include the movement of liquids, gases, slurries, and other bulk materials, as well as the various environmental and land use issues related to the construction and operation of pipelines.13. Strategic Intermodal Alliance outcomeThe student will demonstrate, through comparisons and analysis, an evaluation of the physical, economic, and regulatory aspects of intermodal transportation alliances at a local, national and international level.14. Transportation LegislationThe student will discuss and recall the evolution and development of federal transportation legislation including highway, air, railroad, maritime, transit, and pipeline, including funding mechanisms and past and present underlying problems. A critical review of applicable international treaties and conventions is included.15. Transportation and the EnvironmentThe student will identify and describe the challenges of developing and maintaining an effective and efficient transportation system while mitigating the negative environmental impacts, to include economic, regulatory, legal, political, and energy consumption considerations.16. Transportation Safety and SecurityThe student will relate and recommend improvements for safety and security issues pertaining to transportation networks, vehicles, people, and facilities, as well as the construction and design of operational and managerial criteria for the defense of people and property.17. Urban Transportation and City PlanningThe student will analyze city planning as it relates to meeting the needs of transporting people, goods and cargo. Evaluation will include examples of best and worst city practices and historical, technological and environmental influences. Students will assess city development, urban transportation public and private, motorized and non-motorized, as well as identifying the complex relationships between transportation and land use within the urban environment to evaluate existing and proposed designs.

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
GUIDELINES: Students register for the TRAN 490 Transportation Capstone Course the same as other courses. Students may work with any approved delivery modality to facilitate course completion. Students will complete the project as a requirement of the course. Student registrations may dictate which delivery option is available. The proposal for the project must specifically address how each applicable Program Outcome will be met. The proposal must list a detailed explanation of the project. Project: The project subject will be determined at the beginning of the term. Project size and structure will be determined by the faculty member. The faculty member will guide the development, focus and scope of the project. The project must be comprehensive, relevant and address all Program Outcomes. The project proposal must be submitted to the instructor no later than the end of Week 2. After review by the instructor, the proposal is submitted to the Department of Aeronautics for review/approval. Feedback from the Department will be accomplished within five (5) working days of receipt. The proposal must demonstrate: • The student understanding of the PO. This should be as simple as one sentence in which the student explains his or her understanding of the PO. • How the student will demonstrate his or her understanding of the PO as specifically related to the student’s project topic. • What information and data the student expects he or she will require to successfully accomplish objective (above) for each PO. • From what sources the student expects he or she will be able to obtain the information to successfully accomplish objective (above) for each PO. The project, in its’ entirety, will address all Program Outcomes. Individual Projects should be of sufficient length as to fully develop the project and address all elements of the Program Outcomes. Projects are expected to be 18-24 pages in length, depending on the project. Further guidance will be provided by the instructor. The final project is due no later than Week 7. A presentation of the project will be conducted no later than Week 8. A rubric is provided to faculty and students for grading the project. In order to provide consistent grading and assessment of outcomes, the rubric should not be changed or modified, unless approved by the Chair of the Department of Aeronautics, Undergraduate Studies. After the project has been graded by the instructor, the completed project and grading rubrics will be forwarded to the Department of Aeronautics for review. The purpose of the review is to provide oversight to the overall process, ensuring continuity and consistency. The review will also provide an opportunity to collect assessment data. The completed project and grading rubrics will also be sent to imaging for archiving into the records. The instructor will provide constructive feedback to the student that includes the grading rubrics and specific comments regarding the project and presentation.
Orin Godsey - 7/1/2015
Dr. Larry Jenkins - 7/1/2015
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 7/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 7/1/2015
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