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Master of Science in Aeronautics (MSA)

Courses

MSA 508  Advanced Airport Modeling  3 Credits (3,0)

A study of advanced airport and airspace planning to support day-to-day operations, resource allocation, and strategic analysis. Emphasis is put on the use of computer software to create working airport and airspace models to solve common airport and airspace operational problems. Airport and airspace background material and procedures will be covered in supplemental lectures. Total Airport and Airspace Modeler (TAAM) software will be used as the primary planning and analysis tool. TAAM is the most advanced and comprehensive interactive software available for this type of analysis. Students are taught how to use the TAAM software on a UNIX-based SUN workstation. To accomplish this task, students will be divided into research teams for purposes of developing a simulation and conducting the group object portion of the course. Each team will be assigned a project of completing a realistic working simulation model of an actual airport, which they will then use to solve an operational problem.

MSA 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.

MSA 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.

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

This course addresses the problems related to spacefligh tinduced changes in the major body systems that need to be solved in this decade, to develop countermeasures for maintaining the health of crew members 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.

MSA 514  Computer Based Instruction  3 Credits (3,0)

This course addresses the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of web/computer-based training (W/CBT) as it applies to applications in the aviation/aerospace industry. The course offers practice in the systematic design of computer-based instruction with emphasis on tutorials, drill and practice, and simulation. W/CBT lessons are developed using available authoring systems.

MSA 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.

MSA 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.

MSA 518  Online Learning Environment  3 Credits (3,0)

This course focuses on what is required to develop an online learning environment that is realistic to the end user. The student will develop a thorough understanding of the hardware and software required to develop and display an online environment. This course is designed to be an elective offered within the MSA Education Specialization. This course discusses the theory and practice involving an online learning environment. It explores models of online learning environment (OLEs) as applied to the aviation/aerospace industry. Students will investigate the theoretical, conceptual, instructional, and technical framework of implementing and using this environment. Online Learning Environment is designed to help students become proficient in educational cyberspace. Topics include overview of online learning environments, how people learn, applying the multimedia principles; use of words and graphics rather than words alone, applying the coherence principle; adding interesting material can hurt learning, applying the personalization principle; use conversational style and virtual coaches, personalization principle one; use conversational rather than formal style, design practice in e-learning, practice principle one: interactions should mirror the job, psychological reasons for job-relevant practice, evidence for the benefits of practice, learning together on the web, learning control versus program control, the effectiveness of learner control in e-learning and asynchronous learning interactions.

MSA 520  Introduction to Air Traffic Control Tower  3 Credits (1,2)

This course is required as part of the MSA ATM Track 2 Program. This course provides students with a fundamental knowledge of VFR tower operations in the U.S. air traffic control system and develops content knowledge in the following areas: control tower equipment and operating positions; the airport traffic area; navigation aids; airspace; VFR traffic patterns; controller/pilot phraseology; aircraft taxi instructions; control of vehicle movement; interagency communications and intra-facility coordination; federal aviation regulations; notification and handling of emergency aircraft; flight progress trip marking; aircraft recognition and characteristics; wake turbulence and its effects on arriving/departing aircraft; VFR and IFR ATC procedures; runway incursions; using ATIS; NOTAMs; and criteria for runway selection. The course also provides essential information that is useful for pilots and other aviation professionals. Students are required to research an aviation topic on ATCT operations in the NAS.
Prerequisites: AT 305.

MSA 521  Professional Pilot Operations I  1 Credit (1,0)

In this course the student will demonstrate knowledge of professionalism as it pertains to the FAA certified private pilot. The student will attain FAA certification as a private pilot with airplane single engine land ratings and will complete a project or other deliverable demonstrating an understanding of professionalism as a private pilot.
Corequisites: AS 121 and FA 121.

MSA 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.

MSA 532  Professional Pilot Operations II  1 Credit (1,0)

In this course the student will demonstrate knowledge of professionalism as it pertains to the FAA certificated instrument pilot. The student will, depending on their flight track; attain either as FAA instrument rating on their private pilot single engine certificate or an FAA multi engine and instrument rating on their private pilot certificate. The student will complete a project or other deliverable demonstrating an understanding of professionalism as an instrument rated private pilot.
Prerequisites: MSA 521 Corequisites: AS 221 and FA 221.

MSA 533  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.

MSA 534  Application of Unmanned Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course prepares students to understand the application of unmanned systems and their respective elements and technology to the operational domains, including atmospheric, exo-atmospheric, ground, and maritime environments. It includes applications, business cases, selection criteria, limitations and constraints, and ethical, safety, and legal considerations. Students will research, appraise, and recommend unmanned system tasking, environmental operational requirements, and system collaboration opportunities.

MSA 535  Current Issues in Unmanned Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course requires students to examine state-of-the-art technologies and issues that affect the unmanned systems industry. Through tailored discussions and written deliverables, students will demonstrate knowledge of current topics to include regulation, systems development, systems integration and systems applications. Other topics may be examined at the instructors discretion based on the current state of industry.

MSA 538  Legal and Regulatory Issues in Unmanned Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines legal and regulatory policies and issues affecting the growth and operational feasibility of unmanned systems. The evolution of federal law regulating the use of unmanned systems will be examined to determine how past, present and future policies or laws will influence operations within the industry. Students will examine how administrative law process functions and how unmanned systems stakeholders participate in the process. Students will examine various legal issues that impact the unmanned systems industry from various perspectives (e.g., operators, government regulator, industry, local governments).

MSA 540  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, its strengths and vulnerabilities, and the influences by and impacts to global and national economies, environmental sustainability, and technological advancement.

MSA 543  Professional Pilot Operations III  1 Credit (1,0)

In this course the student will demonstrate knowledge of professionalism as it pertains to the FAA certificated commercial pilot with airplane multi engine ratings. The student will attain an FAA commercial pilot certificate with airplane multi engine land ratings. The student will complete a project or other deliverable demonstrating an understanding of professionalism as a commercial multi engine pilot.
Prerequisites: MSA 532 Corequisites: AS 321 and (FA 321 and FA 323) or (FA 324 and FA 326)

MSA 545  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.

MSA 547  Leadership and Critical Decision Making in the Aviation Industry  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines practical leadership skills and applications for aviation leaders. Students will understand the complexity of effective leadership, the source of knowledge about leadership in aviation organizations, and the limitations of this knowledge Through the use of case studies in Air Traffic Management, Aviation Logistics, Aviation Maintenance and Aviation Production and Procurement, students will analyze leadership in aviation, critical decision making concepts and apply learned concepts to resolve problems in the industry.Goals: This is a graduate-level course in the Master of Science in Aeronautics degree program. This course is designed to give students in the Air Traffic Management Aerospace Operations and Aerospace Management, and other related specializations a practical and comprehensive understanding of leadership theories and practice as well as critical decision making processes that can be applied in government FAA organizations and the aviation/aerospace industry.

MSA 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.

MSA 552  Introduction to Research Methods and Statistical Analysis  3 Credits (3,0)

An Introduction to Research Methods and Statistical Analysis is designed to provide graduate students with a foundational overview of quantitative and qualitative inquiry and research methods. The course will provide an overview of the important concepts of research design, data collection, statistical and interpretative analysis, and final report presentation. Special emphasis is placed on the selection of appropriate methodologies for a variety of problem solving situations. Students will gain foundational prerequisite knowledge and skills to perform the basic computations associated with descriptive, parametric and non-parametric inferential statistics including: scales of measurement, variability, central tendency, z tests, t tests, correlational testing, analysis of variance (AVOVA), and post-hoc methods.

MSA 554  Project Management in Aviation Aerospace  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the concepts and principles of project management in the aviation/aerospace industry. It addresses the ten knowledge areas of project management: integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, procurement, and stakeholders. Process areas of initiation, planning, execution, control, and closure of projects are studied. Emphasis is placed on strategies for developing projects in an aviation/aerospace environment. Project management software is utilized as appropriate.

MSA 562  Situation Awareness and Performance in Aviation/Aerospace  3 Credits (3,0)

This course surveys the theories and practical applications of situation awareness in dynamic environments, with an emphasis in aeronautics and aviation. Situation awareness is a fundamental construct impacting error and safety in performance. Measurements of situation awareness and human performance are explored. Ways to improve situation awareness and performance, as well as human factors issues that can interfere with situation awareness and human performance will be discussed. Models of training for situation awareness are presented. The role of the human, as an individual and team member, is examined as it relates to a socio-technical environment.

MSA 590  Graduate Seminar  1-3 Credit

A study of the most current advancements in a particular field of study as determined by the instructor of the course. The course has a different topic each term depending on the varied interests of the students, the graduate faculty, or the research requirements of the Aeronautical Science department.

MSA 599  Special Topics in Aeronautical Science  1-6 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.

MSA 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.

MSA 605  Research Methods and Statistics  3 Credits (3,0)

Research Methods and Statistics is a study of current aviation research methods including techniques of problem identification, hypotheses formulation, research design, and data collection and analysis. The interpretation of research articles that appear in professional, peer-reviewed publications are examined and used as models for the Graduate Research Project, or the thesis. An overview of statistical methods will be provided and a formal research proposal will be developed by each student as a basic course requirement. Prerequisites: Demonstrated knowledge of college-level mathematics, English writing skills, introductory statistics, basic computer operations, as well as library and computer-based research.

MSA 608  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 crew 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 casual factors are covered.

MSA 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.

MSA 610  Applied Aviation Safety Programs  3 Credits (3,0)

This course covers the U.S. proactive voluntary programs that are part of the Federal Aviation Administration-National Aeronautics and Space Administration (FAA-NASA) integrated safety research plan, as well as the voluntary aviation safety information sharing in the air carrier industry. Air Traffic Control (ATC) performance monitoring programs such as the Performance Data Analysis and Reporting System (PDRS) and the Air Traffic Safety Action Plan (ATSAP) complement programs such as Flight Operations Quality (FOQA) and Aviation Safety Action Plan (ASAP), which compile air carrier data. Programs used by carriers such as the Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) and Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA) address discovered threats and add to the synoptic review. Organizational safety includes the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program (VDRP). Confidentiality and protection of the data, as codified in Part 91 for ASRS and later in Part 193, are integral to the success of the programs.

MSA 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 the student 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.

MSA 613  Airport Operations Safety  3 Credits (3,0)

A study of airport operations safety as applied to day-to-day operations. A review and analysis of all federal regulations applicable to operations and safety are conducted.

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

This course will investigate the traditional manner of curriculum development and then proceed to prepare an instructional framework for a variety of aviation and aerospace instructional programs.

MSA 617  En route Radar Operations  3 Credits (3,0)

This course expands on the skills, knowledge, and abilities the student has acquired in previous ATC classes. This course presents more demanding and complex traffic scenarios that require higher level performance and decision-making skills and prepares the student for initial training in any ATC specialization. Students will also gain an appreciation for the challenges of implementing large-scale changes in the National Airspace System. Upon successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate the knowledge and technical aptitude required for entry-level qualification as an air traffic control specialist. Students will demonstrate their ability to research, analyze, prepare, and present a paper in class that addresses a problem or question derived from the FAA's National Airspace System Capital Investment Plan. Problems will be analyzed through assignments and discussion.

MSA 618  En route Non-Radar Operations  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces students to the non-radar procedures and minima prescribed in FAAH 7110.65 and builds upon knowledge gained in prerequisite courses, all in a simulated environment. Training includes the vertical, lateral, and longitudinal separation of aircraft in the departure, en route, and arrival phases of flight. Phraseology, strip marking, instrument and visual approaches, and the coordination procedures necessary to complete these functions are included in the simulated ATC scenarios. Students will demonstrate their ability to research, analyze, prepare, and present a paper in class that addresses a problem or question derived from the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS).
Prerequisites: AT 305 and AT 401 and MSA 617.

MSA 619  Airport Certification and Operations Safety  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.

MSA 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.

MSA 621  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.

MSA 622  Corporate Aviation Operations  3 Credits (3,0)

The establishment and operations of a corporate flight department are examined along with the procedures and techniques generally accepted as standards by professional corporate flight operations. Included is a practical view of the corporate aviation mission of management mobility and use of the resources available to accomplish it.

MSA 624  sUAS Operational Planning and Safety Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course builds upon previously attained small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) operational knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA)s within the context of performing effective planning and management for graduate level applied research. It includes comprehensive review and application of sUAS planning and management concepts, topics, and techniques in real-world scenarios featuring team exercises; environmental, platform suitability, and safety analysis; use of interactive modeling and simulation tools; and regulatory compliant live sUAS operation. Students will gain further sUAS operational exposure and practical experience to address common challenges, analyze options, determine feasibility of plans, and implement a final operational plan featuring appropriate application of safety risk management and analytical operational planning.With the successful completion of this course a student can expect to further demonstrate appropriate application of KSAs, while mastering comprehension of key factors supporting productive, purposeful, responsible, and legal operation of sUAS.

MSA 625  Unmanned Systems Interoperability and Control  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides a detailed examination of the technologies, processes, and concepts associated with unmanned systems interoperability and control. The student will examine and evaluate scalable unmanned system command, control, and communication (C3): including elements and components; interfacing and processing; human factors; operational controls and interactions; situational awareness; teaming; infrastructure; and major considerations. Course applications include identifying current unmanned system interoperability and control issues; recommending strategies or solutions to address issues; and evaluating appropriate system elements, components, or technology to support unmanned system application and tasking. This course prepares students to better understand the implications and capabilities associated with unmanned system control configurations, including mechanisms to support optimized system functionality.

MSA 628  Data Analytics for Aviation Safety  3 Credits (3,0)

Proactive use of data analytics to identify operational hazards and risks to accidents in aviation; identification of data sources such as data for accident investigation and flight safety databases; applications of flight data management software to analyze and depict flight profiles, techniques for processing, analyzing, and interpreting various types of aviation-related data, such as FOQA, and the potential use of various data for predictive safety; intervention recommendations based on data analysis.
Prerequisites: MA 540.

MSA 632  Unmanned Systems Command, Control, and Communications  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides a detailed examination of the command, control, and communication (0) of unmanned systems. The student will examine and evaluate elements and components, interoperability, human factors, operator controls and interactions, situational awareness, teaming, supervisory control, infrastructure, and considerations associated with C3 Course applications include identifying currentunmanned system C3 issues, recommending strategies or solutions to address issues, and evaluating appropriate C3 elements, components, or technology to support unmanned system missions and tasks.

MSA 635  Unmanned Systems Operational Configuration  3 Credits (3,0)

The purpose of this course is to explore unmanned system configuration optimization in support of task-oriented operation in unique and remote environments, adhering to established standards and regulatory requirements. Students will analyze functional requirements and operational limitations to evaluate available technology and process suitability for optimized task completion. Throughout the course, students will identify critical system elements and components and address real-world operational challenges.

MSA 636  Advanced Aviation/Aerospace Planning Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

Planning and decision-making techniques and strategies used in the aviation industry are emphasized. The types and sources of data needed for decisions about route development and expansion, fleet modernization, and new markets are examined. The methods of collecting, analyzing, and applying the data through computer applications, modeling, heuristic, value theory, and payoff tables are studied. The limitations and problems associated with strategic planning are discussed.

MSA 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.

MSA 638  Human Factors of 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.

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

The evolution of an air carrier aircraft from design concept to delivery is examined from the perspectives of the purchaser, manufacturer, component manufacturer, operator, and certificator/regulator. The study of the process begins with demand analysis and continues through purchase contracting, manufacturing, marketing, certification, pre-delivery activities, and introduction into service.

MSA 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.

MSA 644  Integrated Logistics Support in Aviation/Aerospace  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is a study of the 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. The economic feasibility of a logistics system, including a life-cycle cost analysis, is explored. 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.

MSA 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 "flight deck classroom" environment will be discussed and evaluated.

MSA 661  Human-Computer Interaction  3 Credits (3,0)

This course discusses the importance of good interfaces and the relationship of user interface design to human-computer interaction (HCI). Topics include interface quality and methods of evaluation; interface design examples; dimensions of interface variability; dialogue genre; dialogue tools and techniques; user-centered design and task analysis; prototyping and the iterative design cycle; user interface implementation; prototyping tools and environments; I/O devices; basic computer graphics; and color and sound.

MSA 662  Statistical Analysis for Aviation/Aerospace  3 Credits (3,0)

This course includes the review, design, planning, analysis, and statistical interpretation of data from the aviation/aerospace industry. Students will build on statistical theory and learn advanced techniques that can be applied to problem solving, research analysis, and numerical interpretation of data from the aviation/aerospace industry. Students will learn to identify parametric and non-parametric statistics, develop correlation methods for linear and non linear data, and statistical significance testing between samples and within samples. Students will undertake projects using computer programs for data that is derived or given. Statistical results will be presented in tabular, graphical, and numerical formats in accordance with the American Psychological Association style of writing.

MSA 670  Research Methods in Aviation/Aerospace  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to equip students with the theoretical techniques and skills needed to identify, apply, and solve qualitative and quantitative aviation/aerospace research problems. The course introduces the need for non-numerical data analysis and how part of a methodology can allow for in depth analysis of complex issues and relationships. Sampling and data gathering in a systematic manner is incorporated into research methodologies. The use of numerical analysis on qualitative data is covered to result in significance solutions and recommendations.
Prerequisites: MSA 662.

MSA 672  Systems Integration in Aviation/Aerospace  3 Credits (3,0)

This course examines the fundamental principles of systems integration in the context of aviation/ aerospace applications. It explores issues related to effective planning, scheduling and assessment of technical progress, identifying the unique challenges of complex engineering systems and the ?systems of systems? concept, and the ability to manage them in the aviation/aerospace domain. Key topics include systems integration methods and standards; concept definition, design and development; interface definition; requirements development and management; system architecture development; schedule analysis and management; risk assessment; system-of-systems resilience; and verification and validation. Prerequisite: MSA 662.
Prerequisites: MSA 662.

MSA 691  Graduate Capstone Research Project  3 Credits (3,0)

The Master of Science in Aeronautics Capstone Course is a culminating effort of the student's entire learning experience in the MSA degree. It is a written document on an aviation/aerospace topic that exposes the student to the technical aspects of writing. This course is included in the MSA curriculum to provide the student with the opportunity to research 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. Students will work with designated faculty to formulate, develop, and complete the aviation/aerospace project. The completion of the Capstone Course is designed to document significant evidence that all Program Learning 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: MSA 662 and MSA 670.

MSA 696  Graduate Internship in Aeronautical Science  1-3 Credit

The Master of Science in Aeronautics (MSA) Internship is designed to give graduate students the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills, and aptitude gained at Embry-Riddle in a professional environment while gaining real-world experience. The Internship incorporates professional experience with required weekly progress reports and a formal final report. The Internship allows the student to use an MSA Program Coordinator and Career Services approved internship (MSA 696) as a graduate course. In this option, MSA 696 (1-3 Credits) is combined with a corresponding Special Topics course (MSA-699, 1-2 Credits) in order to give the student a total of 3 Credits for this graduate course option.

MSA 699  Special Topics in Aeronautical Science  1-6 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.

MSA 700  Thesis  1-9 Credit

The Master of Science in Aeronautics Thesis is a culminating effort of the student's entire learning experience in the MSA program. It is a written document on an aviation/aerospace topic supervised throughout its preparation by the student's Thesis Committee. The Thesis demonstrates the student's mastery of the chosen topic and the research and results are of sufficient quality for publication.
Prerequisites: MSA 662 and MSA 670.