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Master Safety Science (MSF)

Courses

MSF 530  Arcrft Accident Investigation  3 Credits

An examination of investigation as it pertains to aircraft accidents from the perspectives of the administrative, regulatory, and practical field investigation aspects. Emphasis will be on the evidence-gathering, preservation, and processing phases of accident investigation. An overview of organizations that conduct and participate in investigations, and an analysis of their roles in those investigations will be completed. Use of a laboratory will provide practical field experience. Research into investigative concepts and techniques will be an integral part of the course.

MSF 580  Ind Hygiene & Envrnmntl Prtctn  3 Credits

A study of the role and responsibilities of an industrial hygienist employed in technical industries. The course reviews the application of methods for the identification, evaluation, and control of industrial hygiene and environmental hazards encountered in the aviation and other workplaces. Specific hazards to be addressed include noise, vibration, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, thermal conditions, pressure, chemicals, airborne contaminants, and biological substances. Engineering and non-engineering controls as well as regulatory requirements will also be covered.

MSF 600  Quantitative Methods  3 Credits

This course is a survey of quantitative methods pertinent for safety practitioners. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, the idea of statistical significance, the distinction between parametric and nonparametric statistics, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and epidemiology. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.

MSF 601  Ergonomics  3 Credits

This course is a survey of the role of ergonomics in the design of the physical workplace and work tasks. The subject will be approached from the perspective of basic science, including musculoskeletal anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics. The remainder of the course will cover techniques for the identification and control of musculoskeletal disorders.

MSF 602  Human Factors  3 Credits

This course is a survey of the basic science behind understanding human information processing capabilities and limitations. This includes the role of humans as part of systems, human information processing, the visual and auditory systems, psychophysics, signal detection theory, information theory, human error and human reliability analysis, human motor capabilities, and task analysis.
Prerequisites: MSF 600.

MSF 603  Occupational Safety  3 Credits

This course provides a broad overview of occupational safety. It begins with an exploration of the history of the subject, moves through the OSH Act, workers compensation, safety program development and management, and finally addresses a series of specific hazards. These hazards include machine guarding, material handling equipment, fall protection, fire protection, building design, and lighting. The application of safety and health management principles to the management of complex technical industries including aviation/aerospace are covered using scenario evaluations to determine OSHA compliance, accident/injury data evaluation and analysis, and OSHA log completion.

MSF 605  Industrial Hygiene Measurement  3 Credits

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct basic industrial hygiene surveys. Hands-on laboratory experience is provided for the students, starting with equipment calibration and ending with completing a field-sampling project. Particulate sampling for both total and respirable, gravimetric analysis, gas/vapor sampling with tubes and impingers, dosimeters, use of direct reading instruments and detector tubes, are all covered. The fundamentals of sample analysis are presented. Case studies are presented to emphasize the strategies used to select sampling locations, times, and individuals.
Prerequisites: MSF 580.

MSF 606  Cntrl Mthds Occptnl Sfty Hlth  3 Credits

This course studies the methods commonly used by OSH professionals to control aviation and industrial workplace exposures to health and safety hazards. The most commonly used control for industrial health hazards is industrial ventilation, so this control method is studied in detail, with students learning to complete basic ventilation system designs and to evaluate moderately complex designs. Students may also learn to use ventilation system testing equipment to verify that a system is working as designed and to troubleshoot a system that is not working properly. The proper use of and the potential failure modes associated with personal protective equipment are evaluated. In addition, measurement and control methods for noise and vibration are examined through a series of lectures and class projects.

MSF 607  Epidemiology  3 Credits

Epidemiology is a set of heuristics and quantitative methods used to analyze the distributions of conditions (including, but not limited to, diseases) in populations to infer the causes of those conditions. This course is a survey of epidemiological methods with an emphasis on occupational applications.
Prerequisites: MSF 600.

MSF 609  System Safety  3 Credits

This course is a survey of the techniques important in the practice of system safety. Topics include: system safety management, a survey of mathematics and probability (including probability distributions), networks, simulation, decision analysis, and hazard analysis.
Prerequisites: MSF 600.

MSF 610  Industrial Security  3 Credits

This course will intensively focus on the various aspects of business intelligence and industrial security as they apply to complex and technical industries. Of prime concern are risks, threats, and countermeasures. Topics include intelligence theory and intelligence operations; foreign and domestic organized crime; industrial espionage; riots and disasters; terrorism; sabotage; hijacking; internal security; cybercrime; legal and ethical issues; de facto and regulatory roles of local, regional, and national governments, international agencies, and nongovernmental organizations; social and cultural factors; strategic planning and investment vulnerabilities; and physical, operations, communications, and personnel securities.

MSF 611  Case Studies in Safety  3 Credits

This course will include a series of case studies that illustrate the role of human characteristics, behavior, performance, and preference in the failure of simple and complex systems. The case studies will be drawn from many domains, including aviation, transportation, manufacturing, process industry, construction, agriculture, consumer products, retail, public safety, communications, medicine and rehabilitation, and sport and recreation. Students will be given the opportunity to use system analysis and design techniques to evaluate common failure modes and explore the conditions conducive to system success or failure.

MSF 612  Research Methods  3 Credits

This course will emphasize research methodologies leading to the development of research problems. The course will discuss problem and sample selection, data collection, and literature review.
Prerequisites: MSF 600.

MSF 613  Aviation Safety  3 Credits

This course is a study of the aviation system as it relates to human factors and safety. The application of human factors to aviation is inextricably connected with safety. The worldwide aviation system will be covered with an emphasis on managing safety through regulatory guidelines, industry initiatives, and airline crew operations. Human factors topics will include psychological and physical implications for error management.

MSF 614  Safety Ethics  3 Credits

Safe practices in any workplace require good decisions from the managing safety professional. Many of the decisions to be made are of a technical nature based on the good practices of that profession. Others, though, have a foundation in responsible relationships with other people whether they are colleagues, supervisors, or customers. These foundations have a central element of professional ethics or morality and will have a significant impact on the safety environment.

MSF 630  Aircraft Accident Analysis  3 Credits

A critical analysis of selected aircraft accidents that involves extensive field work, teaming, a thorough investigation, detailed examination, group-process discussions, and decision making. Each team of student investigators will produce a professional report that includes the facts, the scenario, and an analysis of all potential factors, findings, and recommendations. Identification of accident prevention measures as a product of the analysis process is stressed. Identification and analysis of available and future loss-prevention technologies will be completed.

MSF 635  Adv Aircraft Survivability  3 Credits

Entails a detailed analysis of the aircraft accident environment with particular emphasis on survivability factors. Explores factors and forces that cause injury and examines the injury-role played by impact forces and occupiable space compromises. Examines crashworthiness and delethalization technologies and concepts with a focus on the best ways to protect occupants during a crash. Selected aircraft accidents will be used as case studies. An in-depth review of basic kinematics and development of injury-related information will be completed.

MSF 655  Airline & Ops Safety Mgmnt  3 Credits

This course addresses the application of safety management principles and techniques to the management of airline operations and safety. Topics include hazard identification, accident/incident investigation, flight safety, cabin safety, ground safety, and emergency response programs. Regulatory requirements and airline standards as well as accident prevention strategies are included throughout the course.
Prerequisites: MSF 600.

MSF 675  Aviation Maintenance Safety  3 Credits

A study of the aviation maintenance safety practices, procedures, and policies in use throughout the aviation industry. Includes the role of maintenance safety in relation to the overall safety management program in the organization. Case studies of maintenance-related accident prevention and loss control scenarios. The influence and role of the regulatory and compliance agencies in aviation maintenance safety.

MSF 680  Integrated Safety Ops Capstone  3 Credits

Study of management theory, integrated arrangements, common constraints, developmental level, essential guidelines, staff liaison, project improvement, effectiveness audits, and collaboration needed to ensure success of the safety function. May include a written document on a safety topic, which exposes the student to the technical aspects of writing. This course is included in the MSSS curriculum to provide the student with the opportunity to study how the various domains of the safety and health occupation are integrated into a single program.

MSF 685  Aviation Security  3 Credits

This course will intensively focus on the various aspects of business intelligence and industrial security as they apply to aviation and to aviation safety. Of prime concern are risks, threats, and countermeasures. Topics include intelligence theory and intelligence operations; foreign and domestic organized crime; industrial espionage; riots and disasters; terrorism; sabotage; hijacking; internal security; cybercrime; legal and ethical issues; de facto and regulatory roles of local, regional, and national governments, international agencies, and nongovernmental organizations; social and cultural factors; strategic planning and investment vulnerabilities; and physical, operations, communications, and personnel securities. Readings, lectures, discussions, and case studies will be supplemented by team exercises resulting in security plans addressing risks, threats, countermeasures, and evaluative mechanisms.

MSF 686  Emergency Preparedness  3 Credits

This course is designed to increase the students knowledge of emergency response procedures, safety and health hazards, and enforcement issues for industry. Topics include a thorough discussion of scope, application, definitions, and other related standards; elements of an emergency response plan; training requirements; the incident command system; medical surveillance; and post-emergency response. Major elements involved in disasters and emergencies, preparedness planning, systems use, and attention to essential human services, with emphasis on community action and the development of successful, cost-effective strategies for implementing emergency and mitigation plans.

MSF 690  Graduate Research Project  1-3 Credit

A written document on a safety topic, which exposes the student to the technical aspects of writing. This course is included in the MSSS curriculum to provide students with the opportunity to pursue a project of special interest, but not to the level of a thesis. This is a required course for those students who choose not to write a thesis.
Prerequisites: MSF 600 and MSF 612.

MSF 691  Graduate Capstone Course  3 Credits (3,0)

The Graduate Capstone Course is the culminating effort of the student's entire learning experience. The student will complete a project or comprehensive examination that provides significant evidence of experience in safety science studies. Students will work with designated faculty to formulate, develop, and complete the safety science project or examination. The completion of the Capstone Course is designed to document significant evidence that the Program Outcomes have been met, and provides the student confirmation of experience to show to current and prospective employers. The Capstone Course will be taken at the end of the student's degree program.

MSF 696  Internship in Safety Science  1-3 Credit

Temporary professional or industrial work appointments made available to students enrolled in graduate programs at the University. An internship provides graduate students with an opportunity to extend their academic endeavors through the application of the theories and philosophies studied in the classroom to specific professional activities common to the workplace. They are academic/professional activities coordinated by the University between offering organizations and a graduate student.

MSF 699  Spec Topics in Safety Science  1-3 Credit

Students may elect to perform a special, directed analysis and/or independent study in an area of particular interest. A detailed proposal of the desired project must be developed and presented to the center director or department chair for faculty review and recommendation at least three weeks prior to the end of registration for a term.

MSF 700  Thesis  1-6 Credit

A written document on a safety topic supervised throughout its preparation by the students thesis committee, which demonstrates the students mastery of the topic and is of satisfactory quality for publication.
Prerequisites: MSF 600 and MSF 612.