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ASCI 357 : Flight Physiology

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Flight Physiology
This course explores aero-medical information. Topics include causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment of flight environment disorders. Altitude effects, spatial disorientation, body heat imbalance, visual anomalies, and psychological factors are included as they relate to pilot performance and survival effectiveness.

The purpose of this course is to: (1) Acquaint the student with the importance of physiological and factors involved in flight and (2) instill an appreciation of the requirements necessary to survive in the flight environment.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Understand the human anatomy in relationship to how the body functions in the flight environment.

2. Identify the basic anatomy of the eye, the types of vision and the problems night vision poses. Recognize the limitations of visions, day and night and the problems visual illusions present to the pilot.

3. Identify the characteristics of the atmosphere, the pressure changes occurring in the body. Identify the four types of hypoxia, and list the symptoms and corrective actions for hypoxia, trapped gas and evolved gas disorders.

4. Identify the relationship between the function of human hearing and dangerous noises. Recognize the effects of noise and vibration on human performance. Identify the methods of preventing hearing loss.

5. Recognize the mechanisms of orientation and how they relate to flight. Given various illusions, visual, proprioceptive and vestibular, recognize their effects on the aviator.

6. Identify the causes and effects of self-imposed stresses and thermal stress on the human body.

7. Recognize what circadian rhythm is, and its effects on the aviator. Identify the relationship between sleep deprivation and fatigue. Identify the ways one has of coping with jet lag.

8. Identify the types of G forces, their characteristics and effects on the human body.

9. Identify the factors and complications involved with an in-flight medical emergency and post-crash survival.

10. Identify the medical standards, the elements of the certification process and waiver process as referenced in FAR Part 67.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

11. Interpret the importance of psychology in the flight environment and evaluate the nature of decision making in flight.

12. Understand the concepts of the gas laws and how they affect the body in the flight environment.

13. Analyze the causes and effects of environmental stress

14. Discuss acceleration physiology.

15. Evaluate the importance of Crew Resource Management and understand the relationship between human factors and cockpit automation.

16. Discuss the importance of health maintenance in the flight environment.

17. 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
Donald Delorey - 3/1/2015
Mr. Scott Burgess - 3/1/2015
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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