Students register for the SFTY 691 Graduate Capstone Course the same as other courses. Students may work with any approved delivery modality to facilitate course completion.
Students will complete either the project or the comprehensive examination as a requirement of the course. Student registrations may dictate which options are available.
The proposal for the project or comprehensive exam must specifically address how each applicable Program Outcome will be demonstrated. The proposal must list each question or a detailed explanation of the project and each member’s role within the project if a group project is selected.
The project option, either group or individual, will be determined at the beginning of the term. Project size and structure will be determined by the faculty member. A group project should be 3-5 students per project. Exceptions must be approved by the Department of Aeronautics Graduate Studies Chair or the MSOSM Program Chair.
The faculty member will guide the development, focus and scope of the project. The project must be comprehensive, relevant, include statistical analysis with a structured methodology and address all applicable Program Outcomes, including a discussion as to how ethical, moral, responsible and accountable practices and performances will be completed.
The project proposal must be submitted to the faculty member and Department of Aeronautics Graduate Studies for review no later than the end of Week 2. Review and feedback of the proposal by the department will be accomplished within five (5) working days of receipt.
The proposal must:
Define the objective and scope of the project to include statistical analysis techniques and research methods.
Explain how the project will support the student’s demonstration of all applicable Program Outcomes.
Define the role of each project member (if group project option is selected).
Address all Program Outcomes.
Group projects should be of sufficient length, dependent on group size, to fully develop the project and address all aspects of the applicable Program Outcomes. Projects are expected to be no less than 20 pages per individual. Further guidance will be provided by the faculty.
The final project is due no later than Week 7. A defense of the project will be conducted no later than Week 8. Each member of the group, if applicable, will contribute to the defense.
For the Group Project, a statement of individual performance by each member of the group must be included in the final project, as well as a peer review.
After the project has been graded by the instructor, the completed project and grading rubrics will be forwarded to the department for review.
The instructor will provide constructive feedback that includes the grading rubrics and specific comments regarding the project and defense.
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 Department of Aeronautics Graduate Studies Chair or the MSOSM Program Chair.
Comprehensive Examination Option:
The comprehensive examination is an individual effort that includes the development of comprehensive examination questions and an in-depth research and statistical analysis effort to answer those questions.
The faculty member will guide the student in developing five (5) comprehensive examination questions that allow the student to demonstrate mastery of all Program Outcomes. Faculty have the option to replace two (2) of the student developed questions with two (2) questions of their own or from a question pool developed by department faculty. Subsequently, a total of five (5) questions that thoroughly address Program Outcomes 1-6 are developed / provided to be researched and answered by the student.
The final comprehensive examination questions to be researched and answered must be submitted to the faculty member and Department of Aeronautics Graduate Studies for review no later than the end of Week 2. Review and feedback of the proposal by the department will be accomplished within five (5) working days of receipt. The comprehensive examination should be of sufficient length, normally not less than 10 pages per question, as to fully develop each question and address all elements of the applicable Program Outcomes. Further guidance will be provided by the faculty.
The completed comprehensive examination is due to the faculty member no later than Week 7. A defense of the exam to the faculty will be conducted no later than Week 8.
After the comprehensive examination has been graded by the instructor, the completed exam and grading rubrics will be forwarded to the department for review.
The instructor will provide constructive feedback to the student, which includes the grading rubrics and specific comments regarding the comprehensive examination and defense.
A rubric is provided to faculty and students for grading the comprehensive examination. In order to provide consistent grading and assessment of outcomes, the rubric should not be changed or modified, unless approved by the Department of Aeronautics Graduate Studies or the MSOSM Program Chair.
The comprehensive examination / project and associated grading rubrics will be forwarded to the Department of Aeronautics Graduate Studies 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.
At the completion of the course, a copy of the comprehensive examination/project and the grading rubrics will be placed in each student’s file for future reference.
See Grading System section below.
Incomplete grades are not offered for the SFTY 691 Graduate Capstone Course. If the project is not completed within the term registered, the faculty member must post an “F” grade or an “IP” (in progress) grade. The “IP” grade requires the students to enroll in SFTY 691C the following term at the cost of one credit hour. If the student does not satisfactorily complete the project by the end of the SFTY 691C term, an “F” grade will be recorded in the original 691 section. Only one SFTY 691C course is available.
Institutional Review Board
The University fully complies with the policy on the use of human subjects as required by the Public Health Service (PHS) (45 CFR 46 as revised). Any proposal involving human subjects, as defined by 45 CFR 46, requires approval by the University Institutional Review
Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects. Any capstone student who plans to conduct research using human subjects must contact their faculty member to obtain approval in accordance with University policy.
SFTY 691 must be taken as the final course in the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management program. With approval from the appropriate Dean, a student may undertake SFTY 691 in parallel with one final course only, as long as RSCH 665 and RSCH 670 have been successfully completed.
Written and oral communication, as well as computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.