Aeronautical Science (ASCI)

Courses

ASCI 509  Advanced Aerodynamics  3 Credits (3,0)

In this course, students will examine current flight applications and problems. Specifically, this includes transonic, supersonic, and hypersonic aerodynamics, principles of aircraft stability and control, and operational strength considerations. Emphasis is placed on the applications of the rapidly changing technological innovations in aerodynamics and the solutions to the problems created by these advances.

ASCI 511  Earth Observation and Remote Sensing  3 Credits (3,0)

U.S. and International solar system exploration programs are reviewed and related to the current and proposed Earth-research projects. Examination of these research programs will be structured towards defining problems related to environmental changes and resource exploration. Formatted research data from Earth-resource satellites and EOS sources will be used for demonstrating specific research techniques, exploration methods, and economic and social elements of exploration.

ASCI 512  Space Mission and Launch Operations  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces the student to launch, mission operations, and facilities for manned and unmanned missions at U.S. and foreign sites. Satellite and spacecraft launch facility system discussion covers safety, meteorology, communications, and tracking, as well as navigation and control systems. Examples of mission control, operations, and systems include spacecraft project descriptions and control site operations. U.S. mission operations will include NASA, DoD, and commercial space operations and launch sites. Legacy spacecraft operations including the Space Shuttle (STS) and Russian Soyuz are examined along with future commercial space transportation programs.

ASCI 513  Space Habitation and Life Support Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course addresses the problems related to space-flight induced changes in the major body systems that need to be solved in this decade, to develop countermeasures for maintaining the health of crewmembers on long duration space operations. Physiological elements of zero gravity environment, radiation hazards, and protection measures are explored, along with physical and chemical closed-loop life support systems for long duration space missions. More elaborate life support systems for larger manned missions and colonies are outlined for further student development.

ASCI 514  Computer-Based Instruction  3 Credits (3,0)

This course addresses the design, development, and evaluation of instructional software as it applies to the aviation/aerospace industry. Students are offered practice in the systematic design of computer-based instruction, with emphasis in tutorials, drill and practice, and simulation. CBI lessons are developed using available authoring systems.

ASCI 515  Aviation/Aerospace Simulation Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

The course focus is on a comprehensive examination of simulation in modern aviation/aerospace that includes history, state-of-the-art, and current research and development. Discussions focus on the extent and impact of simulator application throughout the industry and the effects on training costs and safety. Topics range from basic design principles to flight crew training for initial qualification, continuation and currency purposes. The course emphasizes implementation of training that is transferable from simulated to real world environments. Systems simulators to the simulation models used in management, flight operations, scheduling, or air traffic control, are examined in detail.

ASCI 516  Applications in Crew Resource Management  3 Credits (3,0)

In this course, students examine the common concepts of crew resource management (CRM) as developed by major air carriers and explore the theoretical basis of such training. Topics such as supervision of crewmembers, counseling, manner and style, accountability, role management, and use of simulators and computer-based instruction will be studied. Each student has the opportunity to become knowledgeable in a specific area of CRM by assisting in the development of a CRM research document as part of the course.

ASCI 517  Advanced Meteorology  3 Credits (3,0)

A graduate-level treatment of major topics in meteorology with an emphasis on aviation weather hazards. Topics include, but are not limited to: atmospheric structure and circulation, atmospheric kinematics and thermodynamics, mid-latitude and tropical cyclones, convective and non-convective weather features, local wind phenomena, and fundamental concepts in weather analysis and forecasting. Students will also be introduced to the use of numerical weather prediction products in weather forecasting. Assignments and projects will focus on conducting basic atmospheric analysis and forecasting using internet-based weather data and forecasting products, and provide the student with practical experience in making informed weather-sensitive decisions.

ASCI 530  Unmanned Aerospace Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course offers a conceptual approach to overall system design of unmanned aircraft and spacecraft systems, including remotely operated and autonomous unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned space systems. Course will include the concepts of communication systems, payload systems, control stations and related systems, vehicle specific systems, and support systems. The requirements for system architecture development and conceptual level assessment of major system elements will be examined as they relate to use in industry. The major system elements will be evaluated from a systems engineering perspective to include consideration for cost and weight estimation, basic aircraft performance, safety and reliability, lifecycle topics, vehicle subsystems, and system integration.

ASCI 531  Robotics and Control  3 Credits (3,0)

The purpose of this course is to analyze the concepts of modeling, design, planning, and control of robotic systems. The student will evaluate robotics and control design decisions specific to unmanned systems, including remotely operated and autonomous unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned space systems. Course topics include robotics foundations in kinematics, dynamics, control, motion planning, trajectory generation, programming, telemetry, sensor integration, remote operation, and design. Course applications include task and motion planning for utilization within unmanned system technology.

ASCI 550  Aviation Education Foundations  3 Credits (3,0)

This course assists in developing contexts and concepts in which educational problems and issues may be understood, particularly the role of aviation in education. Emphasis is placed on aviation education and its historical and philosophical foundations.

ASCI 560  Advanced Rotorcraft Operations  3 Credits (3,0)

The course introduces the complexities of rotary wing flight systems and the advancements made to overcome them. The unique problems facing an organization involved in rotorcraft operations are studied, from the initial inception of a program to the government rules and regulations, environmental and noise considerations, special landing and take-off facilities, flight and maintenance ratings, and techniques of control. Special consideration is given to the unique problems and issues facing such rotorcraft operations as police, medical evacuation, forestry service, and corporate aviation.

ASCI 601  Applications in Space: Commerce, Defense, and Exploration  3 Credits (3,0)

The scientific, military, and commercial interests in international and domestic space programs are examined throughout the history of space flight. The needs of commercial space endeavors and methods of expanding space technology into manufacturing are contrasted to the importance of scientific exploration, and the requirements of military space operations. The justification, development, and costs of scientific exploration programs, defense-related projects, and commercial endeavors are used to study the evolution of space missions and the development of future programs.

ASCI 602  The Air Transportation System  3 Credits (3,0)

Air Transportation is a complex and rapidly evolving industry that plays a substantial role in global and national economies and in efforts to improve environmental quality and promote sustainable development. Major components include the human, technological, environmental and operational aspects of airports, airspace, air traffic management, aircraft and aircraft component manufacturing and design, airlines, and other airspace users. This course is foundational for the Master of Science in Aeronautics degree and focuses on the complex global air transportation system infrastructure, it?s strengths and vulnerabilities, and the influences by and impacts to global and national economies, environmental sustainability, and technological advancement.

ASCI 604  Human Factors in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry  3 Credits (3,0)

This course presents an overview of the importance of the human role in all aspects of the aviation and aerospace industries. Emphasis is on issues, problems, and solutions of unsafe acts, attitudes, errors, and deliberate actions attributed to human behavior and the roles supervisors and management personnel play in these actions. Students examine the human limitations in the light of human engineering, human reliability, stress, medical standards, drug abuse, and human physiology. Discussions include human behavior as it relates to the aviator's adaptation to the flight environment, as well as the entire aviation/aerospace industry's role in meeting the aviator's unique needs.

ASCI 606  Global Air Traffic Control and Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to examine the management concepts related to technology, collaboration, and innovation in Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Air Traffic Management (ATM). Topics covered include Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP), governance restrictions, regulatory capabilities, ATM systems, sustainable infrastructure, and environmental impacts. The implications on managers of ongoing air navigation improvement programs of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Member States (SESAR in Europe; NextGen in the United States; CARATS in Japan; SIRIUS in Brazil, and others in Canada, China, India, Asia, Pacific, Africa and The Russian Federation) are analyzed.

ASCI 609  Aircraft Maintenance Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course features a detailed analysis of commercial air carrier and general aviation aircraft maintenance that includes regulation, organization and structure, capabilities and limitations, maintenance levels, inspection and reporting requirements, and prevention and correction inspections. Case studies of typical and unique maintenance scenarios are utilized. A major course objective is to heighten awareness of the critical interface of maintenance with flight, supply, and training activities.

ASCI 611  Aviation/Aerospace System Safety  3 Credits (3,0)

This course emphasizes the specialized integration of safety skills and resources into all phases of a systems life cycle. Accident prevention, beginning with systems engineering together with sound management, are combined in this course to enable students to fully comprehend their vital roles in preventing accidents. The total program, from basic design concepts through testing, maintenance/systems management, and operational employment, is fully examined and evaluated.

ASCI 612  Aviation/Aerospace Industrial Safety Management  3 Credits (3,0)

The course focus is on the modern work setting from an aviation and aerospace safety and health point of view. An analysis of the history of industrial safety leads the student to an understanding of why and how aviation/aerospace industrial safety management evolved into an advanced discipline. The roles of and interactions between government, corporation, safety management and the worker, in the dynamic, economy-driven environments of aviation and aerospace, are central themes.

ASCI 614  Advanced Aviation/Aerospace Curriculum Development  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will investigate the traditional manner of curriculum development and then proceeds to prepare an instructional framework for a variety of aviation and aerospace instructional programs. The course focuses on instructional strategies and delivery modalities, as well as the impact of social forces, in aviation/aerospace educational environments. Systematic approaches to planning, designing, implementing and evaluating curriculum development will also be explored.

ASCI 615  Aviation/Aerospace Accident Investigation and Analysis  3 Credits (3,0)

This course covers all aspects of the aircraft accident investigation process starting with preparation for investigation through report writing. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of human factors connected with flight and support crews activities in aviation operations. The course provides students with knowledge of the process of investigating accidents and incidents in an aviation organization. A critical analysis of selected aircraft accidents and an evaluation of causal factors are covered.

ASCI 616  Transportation Security  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will focus on Transportation Security Administration regulations covering aviation, railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline transportation. Requirements for all modes of transportation will be covered, with emphasis on aviation security. Personnel and the technology needed to provide a safe and secure environment for airports and airlines will be discussed. Advanced security technology and its use to significantly increase the level of security in transportation will be covered.

ASCI 617  Airport Safety and Certification  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides a review and analysis of all Federal regulations applicable to safe conduct of airport operations. The requirements for airport certification are covered as well as airport environmental protection and occupational safety compliance. Day-to-day safe operations are emphasized.

ASCI 618  Aviation/Aerospace Safety Program Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course covers the essential skills and methodology needed to plan and manage an effective aviation safety program. Emphasis is placed on understanding the principles of risk management, and the principles, tools, and techniques used in a Safety Management System. Methods to achieve enhanced safety, moving beyond mere compliance with regulatory requirements are studied.

ASCI 620  Air Carrier Operations  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an overview of air carrier operations from the viewpoints of the cockpit flight crew, cabin crew, operational specialists, managers, and dispatchers. Topics include airline history, organization, crewmember requirements, training programs, duty time, aircraft airworthiness, dispatch, flight operations, and maintenance. Air carrier operational problems, both domestic and internationally since deregulation and 9/11, will be explored.

ASCI 623  Aircraft Design and Development  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an overview of aircraft design and development. Included are vehicle mission, the requirements directed by economics, commercial operator requirements and requests, military and defense considerations, and research and developmental processes needed to meet vehicle requirements. Aviation and aerospace manufacturing organizations and techniques are addressed to include planning, scheduling, production, procurement, supply, and distribution systems. Aviation and aerospace maintenance systems from the built-in test equipment to the latest product support activities are explored.

ASCI 624  Global Aviation Leadership: Critical Decision Making in Air Traffic Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to give students in Air Traffic Management (ATM) a practical and comprehensive understanding of leadership theories and practice applicable to ATM as well as critical decision-making processes. These processes are in government and industry organizations supporting Air Traffic Management, Airport Management, Human Factors, and Safety Systems globally. Knowledge of the operational aspects of NextGen, SESAR and other international air navigation system components such as WAAS, ADS-B and PBN-OPD as they apply to ethical and moral responsibilities will be analyzed.

ASCI 625  The Role of Airports in Global Air Traffic Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the aspects of Global Air Traffic Management systems that are directly linked to airports. Airports are tangibly the beginning and end of aircraft movements within air traffic management systems. Knowledge of the operational aspects of NextGen, SESAR and other international air navigation system components such as WAAS, ADS-B and PBN-OPD that are owned, operated or occur on airport properties are critical concepts of air traffic management. The course also evaluates the influences of NextGen and other international modernized air navigation systems on airport operations management with regards to facilities, local ATC, airport tenants, airline operations, environmental impacts and community relations programs.

ASCI 626  Air Traffic Control Human Factors  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to examine the psychological, physiological, and ergonomic capabilities of humans as related to Air Traffic Control (ATC). The performance limitations of air traffic controllers will also be examined to assess how these limitations are impacted by different variables in the ATC environment. This course will also investigate how human factors can result in human error, but at the same time be used to bring about strategies that can enhance efficiency, effectiveness, and safety to mitigate human error in ATC.

ASCI 634  Aviation/Aerospace Psychology  3 Credits (3,0)

This is a survey course that covers the primary areas of interest in aviation psychology. Topic areas may include the effects of alcohol on performance, aviation safety and accident investigation, cockpit and air traffic control automation, display and control issues and design, personnel selection, task analysis, workload assessment, training research and development, scale development methodologies, crew resource management, and other areas of current interest. The topic areas change periodically depending on the focus of the current research environment.Prerequisites: MSHF Capstone Option: MSHF 606, MSHF 612, MSHF 618, MSHF 624, RSCH 665, RSCH 670/ MSHF Thesis Option: MSHF 606, MSHF 612, MSHF 624, RSCH 665, RSCH 670.

ASCI 637  Unmanned Aerospace Systems Operations and Payloads  3 Credits (3,0)

This course focuses on the operational and payload capabilities of unmanned systems, including remotely operated and autonomous unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned space systems, under a variety of mission standards. Operational course content includes typical software and hardware installations, launch and recovery procedures, normal and emergency procedures, and the appropriate selection of payload based upon mission requirements. Students will research current and future payloads and sensor systems utilized in unmanned aircraft and space systems. An exploration of multi-mission payload applications and requirements, including state-of-the art, secure uplink and downlink telecommunications, signals intelligence, precision geo-location, airborne cellular network, and software-defined communications relay will be conducted.

ASCI 638  Human Factors in Unmanned Aerospace Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to present an overview of the importance of major human factors issues associated with unmanned systems, including remotely operated and autonomous unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned space systems operations across a variety of platforms employed in both commercial and military operations. Emphasis will be placed on the differences and commonalities between occupied and unoccupied systems, with a focus on the human factor issues encountered by individual unmanned operators (pilots and sensor operators) as well as UAS teams. Students will become familiar with human factor issues surrounding unmanned launch, recovery, long duration operations, fatigue, human performance, Ground Control Station (GCS) design, use of automation, Situation Awareness (SA), Crew Resource Management (CRM), integration into the National Air Space (NAS), attitudes and perspectives of both government agencies and public entities, use of technology to compensate for no-pilot-onboard, and regulatory issues and solutions. Discussions of human capabilities and limitations as it relates to safe and effective operation of unmanned aircraft and space systems in a variety of commercial and military operations will be included.

ASCI 641  Production and Procurement Management in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry  3 Credits (3,0)

The systems life cycle approach is examined as it relates to production and procurement of general aviation aircraft, business and commercial aircraft, and/or air carrier aircraft. The efficient and effective production and procurement of the resources required to support an aircraft throughout its life cycle from (a) conceptual design; (b) preliminary system design; (c) detail design and development; (d) production and/or construction; (e) utilization and maintenance support; and (f) retirement and disposal are addressed. The role of the Federal Aviation Administration pertaining to the aircraft certification process, including maintenance support, is also considered.

ASCI 642  International Aviation Policy  3 Credits (3,0)

This course addresses international management and aviation policy through the examination of major trends and issues challenging the aviation manager. Cross-cultural situations are evaluated from the perspective of interpersonal relationships in a diverse domestic and foreign environment, and in the context of evolving global trends. Strategic planning and negotiation are examined by defining the major tasks involved in organizing for international aviation, such as designing the organization and staffing. Managing workforce diversity is examined from culture-based and comparative perspectives, along with the function of control through the examination of effective control systems for overseas operations that ensure environmental interdependence through social responsibility and ethical behavior.

ASCI 643  Management of Research and Development for the Aviation/Aerospace Industry  3 Credits (3,0)

The types and sources of aviation/aerospace research and development are analyzed, with a focus on the structure and interrelationship of the industry, educational institutions, and other organizations. Sources and methods of funding, specification determination, the relationship of research and development to procurement and production, and the regulatory factors affecting progress from the initial development to production of the aircraft and components are examined. Concepts of motivation and management as applied to research scientists and engineers will be studied as well as procedures for promoting optimum creativity concurrently with efficient operations.

ASCI 644  Integrated Logistics in Aviation Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course centers on elements of a modern integrated logistics system. The organizational structure, inventory management, principles of warehousing, traffic management, international logistics, and quality management principles as they apply to logistics are key elements. The impact of just-in-time systems and quality management principles on physical distribution and their relationship with integrated package and cargo carriers, advancements in intermodal transportation, and the deregulation of the transportation industry are probed. The characteristics of system design to meet requirements of reliability, maintainability, and supportability are examined, as is the economic feasibility of a logistics system, including Life-Cycle Cost Analysis methods. The explosion of computer technology and its effect on electronic data interchange capability as they influence logistics policies and practices are explored. The use of computer software to solve logistics problems is introduced.

ASCI 645  Airport Operations and Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course focuses on management and operation of public use airports. Topics covered include traffic forecasting, sources of revenues and expenses, management of passenger and cargo terminal buildings, ground handling of passengers and baggage, ground access systems, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Regulations dealing with airport operations. Current problems with environmental impact, land-use planning and control, airport capacity and delay, public relations, airport finance, airport privatization, liability, and economic impact are discussed.

ASCI 646  Airline Operations and Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an integrated study of airline operations and functions. Domestic and international regulation of air carriers and the industry's changing structure due to alliances and globalization are addressed. Airline economics, airline marketing and pricing, computer reservation and revenue management systems, fleet planning and scheduling, aircraft maintenance, aircraft finance, labor relations, organizational structure, and strategic planning are studied.

ASCI 654  Adult Teaching and Learning Techniques  3 Credits (3,0)

The major instructional strategies used in education with particular emphasis on higher education and adult learning are the core of this course. Multiple approaches as they relate to academic disciplines and grade levels are studied. The unique "cockpit classroom" environment will be discussed and evaluated.

ASCI 660  Sensation and Perception  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines how the human senses transform stimulus patterns of physical energy into the neural codes that become our perceptions of the world. This class will address advanced issues in human information processing with specific regard to the physical and psychological variables associated with sensory and perceptual phenomena. Topics include vision, audition, smell, taste, touch, balance, and phenomena common to all sensory modalities, such as feature enhancement, inhibition, adaptation, and stages of neural coding. While all the senses will be covered, special attention will be paid to the visual and tactile senses.

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

The Master of Science in Aeronautics Capstone Course is the culminating effort of the student's entire learning experience. The student will complete a project or comprehensive exam that provides significant evidence of experience in aviation and aeronautical studies. Students will work with designated faculty to formulate, develop, and complete the aviation/aerospace project or exam. The completion of the Capstone Course is designed to document significant evidence that all 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.
Prerequisites: RSCH 665 and RSCH 670.

ASCI 699  Special Topics in Aeronautical Science  1-3 Credit (1-3,0)

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 Program Chair and Department Chair of the degree program being sought for faculty review and recommendation at least three weeks prior to the end of registration for a term.

ASCI 700A  Thesis I  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is the first of a two course sequence (ASCI 700A and ASCI 700B) to complete the degree program through the accomplishment of a thesis. The student will propose and begin to develop a written document on an aviation/aerospace topic, supervised throughout its preparation by the student's Thesis Committee. The document is intended to demonstrate the student's mastery of the topic and be of satisfactory quality for publication. Following satisfactory performance within this course, the student will continue on to ASCI 700B for the completion and submittal of the thesis.

ASCI 700B  Thesis II  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is the second of a two course sequence (ASCI 700A and ASCI 700B) to complete the degree program through the accomplishment of a thesis. The student will complete their thesis under the supervision of the student's Thesis Committee. The document is intended to demonstrate the student's mastery of the topic and be of satisfactory quality for publication. Following satisfactory performance within this course, the student will be permitted to graduate from the program.
Prerequisites: ASCI 700A.