Safety Science (SF)

Aerospace and Occupational Safety Courses

SF 201  Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces the student to the field of safety and covers basic health, safety, and regulatory issues that apply to aviation and non-aviation business in the United States. Included is a comprehensive health and safety overview of legislative development and enactment of appropriate statutes, regulations, and laws. This course also provides an introduction to hazard recognition, reporting, analysis, and control used in risk management and accident prevention. Additional topics include accident investigation; safety data statistics; ergonomics; security and emergency preparedness; safety culture; aircraft systems; air traffic control; and workers' compensation. This course reviews theories, applications, and practices of the field of safety.

SF 205  Principles of Accident Investigation  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an introduction to the process required for the investigation of accidents. Topics will include different methods of accident investigation, such as root cause analysis and Management Oversight Risk Tree (MORT), among others. Further topics will include filing appropriate accident reports and applications of corrective actions.
Prerequisites: SF 201 or SF 210.

SF 210  Introduction to Aerospace Safety  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides an introduction and overview of the theories, concepts, applications, and practices of the field of aerospace safety. This course is designed for the beginning aviation safety student and covers topics such as human factors, mechanical factors, accident investigation, safety programs, and safety statistics.

SF 299  Special Topics in Safety  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in aviation or non-aviation safety topics.

SF 315  Environmental Compliance and Safety  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines matters associated with health and safety relating to the environment including air, water quality and sanitation. Areas of concentration include hazardous materials, their storage, handling, and transportation. Additional study includes waste management and cleanup as well as a detailed study of environmental laws, regulations, and protection of workers involved in activities associated with hazardous material activities.
Prerequisites: SF 201 or SF 210.

SF 320  Human Factors in Aviation Safety  3 Credits (3,0)

This course focuses on the major human causative agent in aircraft accidents: the human being. Emphasis is placed on the psychological and physiological factors that enhance the accident probability. Included is a detailed analysis of ergonomics (human engineering) and its influence in aviation design.

SF 325  Human Factors and Ergonomics I  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an introduction to cognitive and physical ergonomics. Topics will include musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology, anatomy and physiology of the perceptual system, and basic introduction to perception, experimental psychology, and cognitive psychology. Applications will include design of both the physical and cognitive interfaces with the work environment.

SF 326  System Safety  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will emphasize the specialized integration of safety skills and resources into all phases of a systems life cycle. Topics will include qualitative and quantitative tools and techniques for system analysis and design applied to accident analysis, prevention, and mitigation.
Prerequisites: SF 210 PSY 226 or MA 222.

SF 330  Aircraft Accident Investigation  3 Credits (3,0)

A detailed evaluation of the methods and procedures involved in aircraft accident investigation. The organization, duties, and procedures of the Aircraft Accident Board are analyzed. The student explores procedures for determining accident causes through analysis for such elements as the function and techniques employed by the trained accident investigator and the role of the specialized laboratory. Analyses are also made of reporting procedures and the all important follow-up work designed to avoid similar or related aircraft accidents.
Prerequisites: SF 201 or SF 210.

SF 335  Mechanical and Structural Factors in Aviation Safety  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the influence that design, manufacturing, metallurgy, and maintenance have on aircraft accidents. A detailed analysis of the failure process will be conducted. Additional topics include stress and design loading, fatigue, corrosion, and the envelope of operation.
Prerequisites: SF 330.

SF 341  Safety and Security of Airport Ground Operations  3 Credits (3,0)

This innovative course discusses general aviation airport ground operations, particularly from the pilot and ramp worker perspectives. Focus will be on increasing awareness of airport operations and improving airport safety by creating an enhanced awareness of rules, policies, procedures, and potential hazards that affect the safety and security of aircraft, crew, passengers, and others within the airport ground operations environment. Specific topics include aircraft marshaling procedures, airfield security issues, ground vehicle operations, and accident/incident response and reporting.

SF 345  Safety Program Management  3 Credits (3,0)

A study of the principles of the development and management of an effective safety program. The philosophy and historical development of major concepts are examined with particular emphasis on areas of special concern in organizational accident prevention. Students analyze the influence of morale, education, and training, the role of the supervisor, and other substantial program elements of value to the safety manager.
Prerequisites: SF 201 or SF 210.

SF 350  Aircraft Crash and Emergency Management  3 Credits (3,0)

Theory, practices, and techniques utilized in the response phase of aircraft crashes and emergencies are examined. This course is designed as a "real world" introduction to the field of emergency response at the CFR agency level, the airport response and administration levels, and the related and associated entities involved in aircraft mishaps.
Prerequisites: SF 201 or SF 210.

SF 355  Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines principles associated with industrial hygiene. Topics include recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards related to noise; vibration; ionizing and non-ionizing radiation; thermal conditions; chemicals; airborne contaminants; cumulative trauma; and biological substances. These subjects will be discussed in relation to all regulatory requirements using engineering and non-engineering controls for reducing or eliminating health hazards in the workplace.
Prerequisites: SF 201.

SF 375  Propulsion Plant Investigation  3 Credits (3,0)

A technical course in aircraft reciprocating and turbine engine fundamentals and relevant accident investigative procedures. Areas of study include basic construction and design with emphasis on major sections, components, and their mechanical relationships. Powerplant systems and system mishap investigation is also covered and includes fuel, lubrication, ignition, and start systems. A study of propeller basics and investigative techniques is also included. On-site field investigation as well as engine teardown/disassembly procedures are presented.
Prerequisites: SF 330.

SF 399  Special Topics in Safety  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in aviation safety.

SF 405  Applications in Industrial Hygiene  3 Credits (3,0)

This course advances and expands on the concepts discussed in SF 355 and emphasizes the measurement and evaluation of workplace health hazards. Design and regulatory compliance of environments in office settings and manufacturing environments are addressed. Students develop and/or evaluate industrial hygiene programs for selected industries.
Prerequisites: SF 355.

SF 410  Design of Engineering Hazard Controls  3 Credits (3,0)

This course addresses the application of scientific and engineering principles and methods to achieve optimum safety and health through the analysis and design of processes, equipment, products, facilities, operations, and environments. Subjects will include product design, plant layout, construction maintenance, pressure vessels, and transportation vehicles and systems. These subjects will be discussed in relation to all regulatory requirements
Prerequisites: SF 201 or SF 210.

SF 415  Human Reliability and Safety Analysis  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will emphasize an understanding of probability and human reliability as an important technique in safety analysis. Topics will include qualitative and quantitative tools and techniques for human reliability analysis applied to accident analysis, prevention, and mitigation.

SF 420  Analysis of Observational Data  3 Credits (3,0)

Methods for the analysis of observational data are primarily drawn from the discipline of epidemiology. This will include a set of heuristics and quantitative methods used to analyze the distributions of events (diseases, crashes, fatalities, etc.) in populations to infer the causes of those events. This course is a survey of these quantitative methods with an emphasis on occupational applications. Topics will include rates, standardized mortality ratios, methods of assessing agreement, case-control studies, cohort studies, recognizing and assessing causes of error, and advanced techniques in observational data analysis.

SF 425  Human Factors and Ergonomics II  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an extension of Human Factors and Ergonomics I and will provide greater depth in such topics as biomechanics, work physiology, ergonomics field methods, psychophysical methods, signal detection theory, information theory and human error/reliability.
Prerequisites: SF 325.

SF 435  Aircraft Crash Survival Analysis and Design  3 Credits (3,0)

An in-depth analysis of the accident environment with particular emphasis on the protection of occupants. The injury mechanisms and causes will be analyzed, as will the physics and kinematics of the impact sequence. The intent of the course is to familiarize the student with what can be done to minimize the effects of an accident.
Prerequisites: SF 201 or SF 210.

SF 440  Design of Engineering Hazard Controls II  3 Credits (3,0)

This course covers all relevant standards and regulations related to construction together with the development and implementation of construction safety programs. OSHA Standards 29 CFR 1926 and work methods design will serve as a basis for this course.

SF 445  System Safety in Aviation  3 Credits (3,0)

This course entails the specialized integration of skills and resources in all phases of the life cycle of a given system in furtherance of accident prevention. Its heritage is systems engineering and management theory but it is amplified to include modern safety practices derived from numerous disciplines. Accordingly, this course reviews the development and implementation of system safety technology in aviation, both civil and military. Students will acquire an understanding of how accident prevention is designed into an aircraft under development, evaluated and enhanced during flight test, and ensured or otherwise controlled during operational use. This learning is juxtaposed with other elements of the total aviation system.
Prerequisites: SF 201 or SF 210.

SF 462  Health, Safety, and Aviation Law  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces the student to the legal issues and concerns confronting the health and safety industry. Included is an overview of the historical legal precedence established for the aviation industry, as well as a comprehensive examination of laws, regulations, and legislation that govern the actions and authority of the health and safety professional. This course also provides an introduction to the governing bodies and associations that are tasked with setting the legal standards by which the industry must operate, including the scope and level of their authority.
Prerequisites: SF 201 or SF 210.

SF 475  Senior Project  3 Credits (3,0)

This course requires senior-level students to conduct research in a safety-related topic of his or her choosing under the direction of a faculty member.

SF 499  Special Topics in Safety  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in aviation or non-aviation safety topics.