Aeronautical Science (ASCI)

Courses

ASCI 110  Introduction to Space Flight  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides the student with a background in the major aspects of space flight. Topics covered include the history of space flight; propulsion theory; orbital mechanics fundamentals; space transportation operations; U.S. space policy; and present and future commercial, industrial, and military applications in space.

ASCI 121  Private Pilot Operations  5 Credits (5,0)

This course develops the aeronautical knowledge required for certification as a Private Pilot with an Airplane Single Engine Land rating. Topics include; regulations, safety, pre-solo operations, cross-country planning, airspace, chart use, communications, weather, performance, weight and balance, aerodynamics and decision-making. ASCI 121L is a Co-requisite for Dual Enrollment Students only.

ASCI 121L  Airmen Knowledge Test Preparation  1 Credit (0,1)

This course supports the aeronautical knowledge testing preparation required as part of the certification for the appropriate FAA certification or ratings. Students are introduced to airman's knowledge testing (AKT) employed by the FAA and are also exposed to the electronic testing software and testing procedures.
Corequisites: ASCI 121.

ASCI 185  Introduction to Flight  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the basics of aerodynamics, aircraft performance, VFR cross-country navigation techniques, weather reports and forecasts, Federal Aviation Regulations, elements of resource management, and safe flying practices.

ASCI 199  Special Topics in Aeronautical Science  1-3 Credit (1-3,0)

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in general aviation. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and approval of department and program chairs. May be repeated with a change of subject. Special topics courses involving flight training are offered in selected areas for the purpose of gaining proficiency in required pilot operations for various certificates and ratings.

ASCI 202  Introduction to Aeronautical Science  3 Credits (3,0)

An introductory course in aeronautical sciences that provides students an orientation in aviation topics appropriate to Aeronautical Science degree programs. Subjects include: the aviation profession, the science of flight, safety, security and human factors; aviation resources; the aviation environment; and meteorology.

ASCI 221  Introduction to Flight Physiology  3 Credits (3,0)

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and topics of flight physiology. The course will explore basic anatomical systems, physiological effects on the human body such as vision and hearing, atmospheric effects, physical stressors, and physiological challenges to flight operations, including disorientation, loss of situational awareness, hypoxia, decompression, impairment and incapacitation.

ASCI 254  Aviation Legislation  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the evolution of federal civil aviation regulations in the United States. Students will examine the past and present problems prompting regulation of the industry, the resultant safety, legislation, airport development, funding legislation and international aviation legislation.

ASCI 260  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is a survey of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and systems, emphasizing the military and commercial history, growth and applications of UAVs. Course will include basic acquisition, use and operation of UAVs with an emphasis on operations.

ASCI 299  Special Topics in Aeronautical Science  1-3 Credit (1-3,0)

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in general aviation. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and approval of department and program chairs. May be repeated with a change of subject. Special topics courses involving flight training are offered in selected areas for the purpose of gaining proficiency in required pilot operations for various certificates and ratings.

ASCI 309  Aerodynamics  3 Credits (3,0)

Students are provided with an opportunity to explore incompressible flow airfoil theory and wing theory. Topics center on calculation of stall speed, drag and basic performance criteria, configuration changes, high and low speed conditions, special flight conditions, and an introduction to compressible flow.
Prerequisites: MATH 112 or MATH 142 or MATH 143 and PHYS 102 and RSCH 202.

ASCI 310  Aircraft Performance  3 Credits (3,0)

This course explores the performance of airplanes powered by reciprocating, turboprop, and/or jet turbine and turbofan engines. Topics studied include stability and control, weight and balance, and performance charts and graphs.
Prerequisites: MATH 112 and PHYS 102 and RSCH 202.

ASCI 315  Unmanned Aerial Systems and Operations  3 Credits (3,0)

This course chronicles the development of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and their role in the aviation industry, as well as an increased awareness of the importance of UAS in modern commercial and military operations. This course chronicles the development of UAS, their operations and applications. An analysis of UAS is covered, including structural and mechanical factors, avionics, navigation, flight controls, remote sensing, guidance control, propulsion systems, and logistical support. Operations of UAS include an examination and analysis of their integration with commercial and military airspace, air traffic control and civilian/federal air and ground operations. The course will also look at past, current and future applications of UAS operations, with an emphasis on commercial applications.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 316  Operational and Business Aspects of Unmanned Aerial Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will prepare the student to differentiate the applicable needs of civil aviation for UAS. It will examine each of the particular needs and address how to implement the UASs to fill that need within the constraints of the current national airspace and federal aviation regulation restrictions. Particular attention will be given to skill sets and tools used to mitigate restrictions and to create a flight operation that can successfully employ UASs.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 317  Rotorcraft  3 Credits (3,0)

This course traces the historical development of rotorcraft and introduces the many unique aspects of rotorcraft operations. Rotorcraft operations are examined from the operations, management, and maintenance perspectives. Included are rotorcraft operations and airworthiness regulations, airspace and facilities requirements, and environmental considerations. Uses of rotorcraft to include military and civilian applications are studied. Rotorcraft design, manufacturing, materials, systems, and the variations in rotor configuration are topics of study.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 318  Unmanned Aerial Systems Robotics  3 Credits (3,0)

This course prepares students to integrate robotic technology into the hardware and software regimes of unmanned aviation. It will include examinations of control and system programming in the context of specific missions through guided discussions, simulation and the operation of actual unmanned aircraft robotic systems.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 320  Commuter Aviation  3 Credits (3,0)

This course acquaints the student with the development, administrative policies, and operational factors peculiar to commuter aviation, especially since passage of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. The impact of mergers and acquisitions, profiles of passenger and cargo carrying commuters, and analysis of commuter successes and failures are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the establishment of a new commuter airline, which includes market and financial analysis, the company plan, aircraft selection and acquisition, route structure and timetable, marketing strategy and pertinent regulatory requirements. The course culminates in a formal proposal soliciting for venture capital to start a commuter airline.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 322  Aircraft Inspection and Scheduled Maintenance Programs  3 Credits (3,0)

The curriculum within this course provides an in-depth study of aircraft inspection programs and scheduled maintenance processes. National and international regulations governing aircraft inspection and maintenance are evaluated. Inspection program requirements are examined including processes such as pre-flight, post-flight, hourly, calendar, cycles, annual, progressive, and phased inspections. Types and techniques involving non-destructive inspection are explored. Industry practices in managing scheduled maintenance requirements are studied including aircraft reliability, life cycle management, and trend analysis.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 327  Aviation Work Force Management in a Global Environment  3 Credits (3,0)

The curriculum within this course focuses on management of multicultural workforces in relationship to the aviation industry. Topics include the role of cultural diversity, organizational socialization, and aviation maintenance operations leadership. Also provided is an in-depth study of aviation labor relations, unions, grievance procedures, and conflict resolution. Principles of social responsibility and ethics in the management of a multi-cultural workforce are also presented.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 357  Flight Physiology  3 Credits (3,0)

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.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 378  Helicopter Flight Environments  3 Credits (3,0)

During this course, the student obtains the foundation for helicopter operations in terrain flight and in varying environmental conditions. The student will be introduced to aspects particular to helicopter flight as it pertains to adverse weather and day and night environments specifically pertaining to take off, cruise and landing. Emphasis will be placed on understanding principles of flight close to the Earth and hazards both natural and man-made. Additional emphasis will be placed on helicopter flight in and around mountains, snow, desert and overwater operations. The student will be exposed to visual references and how to adjust perceptions to maintain safe, low-level flight in and around hazardous conditions present in commercial helicopter operations. By the end of the course, the student will have sufficient knowledge to understand the concepts necessary for employment in the commercial helicopter industry. Prerequisite: FAA/military helicopter pilot certificate or course listed.
Prerequisites: ASCI 317 and RSCH 202.

ASCI 388  Helicopter Flight Planning  3 Credits (3,0)

During this course, the student obtains the foundation for FARs as they relate to flight planning and navigation for various operations. The student will be able to use regulatory and operational considerations used in helicopter flight operations. Remote location operations and low level flight and navigation procedures will be studied closely. Cargo planning for internal and external operations nodes during near-ground operations will be discussed. By the end of the course, the student will have sufficient knowledge to understand the concepts necessary for effective flight planning and operation in the commercial helicopter industry. Prerequisite: FAA/military helicopter pilot certificate or course listed.
Prerequisites: ASCI 317 and RSCH 202.

ASCI 399  Special Topics in Aeronautical Science  1-3 Credit (1-3,0)

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in general aviation. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and approval of department and program chairs. May be repeated with a change of subject. Special topics courses involving flight training are offered in selected areas for the purpose of gaining proficiency in required pilot operations for various certificates and ratings.

ASCI 401  Airport Development and Operations  3 Credits (3,0)

Managerial problems of small- and medium-size airports and fixed base operations are examined, with emphasis on federal, state, and local obligations; leases; internal guidelines; and community relations.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 404  Applications in Aviation/Aerospace Law  3 Credits (3,0)

Applications in Aviation/Aerospace Law explores the chronological development, federal and state regulatory functions, and rights and liabilities of pilots, maintenance personnel, aircraft manufacturers, and airport and aircraft operators. Students will examine case histories, liens and security interest in aircraft, as well as international conferences, bilateral and multilateral agreements, and criminal statutes. Students will also examine the legal aspects of unmanned aerial systems and operations, as well as space commercialization.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 406  Airborne Law Enforcement  3 Credits (3,0)

Airborne Law Enforcement covers the historical and modern issues that shape present day airborne law enforcement organizations. Students will study how airborne law enforcement impacts the criminal justice system. Additionally, operational issues, including management of airborne law enforcement units will be studied. Aviation laws and civil/criminal laws that effect airborne law enforcement operations will also be covered. Students will review pilot and crew duties along with aircraft selection and emerging technologies that impact present day airborne law enforcement organizations. The role of airborne law enforcement in preventing and responding to terrorist threats is also reviewed. Safety issues, as they apply to airborne law enforcement, will also be studied.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 410  Unmanned Systems Sensing Technology  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides an overview of the technology and concepts used to remotely gather information about an unmanned system's operating environment. Students will examine the fundamental concepts and methods of sensing systems including the type, format, and capabilities of sensors; component and system integration; use cases; challenges and issues; and emerging concepts. Attention will be given to tools and methods used to support development, configuration, and application of sensing systems. Students will gain hands-on experience through complex mission planning assignments and guided discussion.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 412  Corporate and Business Aviation  3 Credits (3,0)

The course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the operation of a corporate flight department, value of management mobility, aircraft and equipment evaluation, maintenance, flight operations, administration, and fiscal considerations.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 416  Aviation Maintenance Management: A Global Perspective  3 Credits (3,0)

The curriculum within this course provides a comprehensive examination of maintenance policies, procedures and practices employed in the management of aviation maintenance programs in a global, multiorganizational industry. Emphasis is placed on all aspects of maintenance management, including organizational management, planning, forecasting, cost control, reliability, flight scheduling, and safety.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 424  Maintenance Repair and Overhaul in Aviation  3 Credits (3,0)

The curriculum within this course provides an in-depth analysis of the requirements, policies, and procedures necessary for the operation of a Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) organization. Topics include; airline maintenance operations, engineering, and maintenance. Also included is the repair of structures, systems, and aircraft components. Furthermore, the curriculum explores MRO financing, domestic and off-shore operations, regulatory requirements, logistics, supply chain support, human resources and industry oversight.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 428  Advanced Helicopter Systems and Functions  3 Credits (3,0)

During this course, the student will study the principles and functions of advanced helicopter systems with an emphasis on automatic flight control systems and associated pilot interface mechanisms, power and rotor systems, avionics, environmental systems and structures. Prerequisites: FAA/military helicopter pilot certification or courses listed.
Prerequisites: ASCI 317 and ASCI 388 and RSCH 202.

ASCI 429  Advanced Technologies in Design and Production of Aircraft Structures & Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

The curriculum within this course explores advanced technologies used during the design, production, and certification of aircraft structures and systems. Topics include an analysis of structural materials, including advanced composites and alloys, and an in-depth examination of the design and production of automated systems utilized throughout the aircraft. Examined are national and international aviation regulations and airworthiness standards governing the design, production, and certification of aircraft structures and systems.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 433  Aviation Logistics and Supply Chain Management  3 Credits (3,0)

The curriculum within this course focuses on concepts and application of logistics and supply chain management utilized within the aviation maintenance industry to increase efficiency in production and maintenance. The curriculum examines the logistics support from Maintenance Repair Operators (MRO) and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) in aviation maintenance operations. Topics include; international collaboration and strategies to improve customer relationships and operational effectiveness within the dynamic aviation maintenance industry.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 438  Advanced Helicopter Operations  3 Credits

During this course, the student will obtain the foundation for advance and specialized commercial helicopter operations. The student will be introduced to specific areas of flight operations such as Long Line, EMS, Electronic News Gathering, Corporate, Off-Shore, and Federal and Municipal Law Enforcement. Emphasis will be placed on developing a safe and competent pilot who is adequately prepared for flight operations in these areas, and can assume the duties of any managerial position. The student will receive training in standard operating, safety and training procedures, aircraft selection, operating and capital budgets, aircraft purchasing and leasing agreements, and an understanding of maintenance requirements to include maintenance tracking, spare parts inventory, and record keeping. By the end of the course, the student will have sufficient knowledge to understand the concepts necessary for employment in the commercial helicopter industry.
Prerequisites: ASCI 317 and ASCI 388 and ASCI 378 and RSCH 202.

ASCI 490  Aeronautical Science Capstone Course  3 Credits (3,0)

The Aeronautical Science Capstone Course is the culminating effort of the student's entire learning experience. The student will complete a project that provides significant evidence of experience in aviation and aeronautical studies. Students will work with designated faculty members to formulate, develop, and complete the aviation/aerospace aviation project. The completion of the Capstone Course is designed to document significant evidence that 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 as the final course of the degree program.
Prerequisites: RSCH 202.

ASCI 499  Special Topics in Aeronautical Science  1-3 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in general aviation. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and approval of department and program chairs. May be repeated with a change of subject. Special topics courses involving flight training are offered in selected areas for the purpose of gaining proficiency in required pilot operations for various certificates and ratings.