Safety (SF)

Aerospace and Occupational Safety Courses

SF 520  Occupational Health and Safety Foundations  3 Credits (3,0)

Graduate foundational course for students interested in occupational health and safety (OHS). This course covers public health principles in the context of OHS; and it provides key concepts in OHS. In addition to technical areas, the course will cover Responsible Conduct of Research, specific competencies in communication, leadership, and management, and interdisciplinary team building.

SF 530  Safety, Health and Environmental Legislation, Litigation & Compliance  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is a survey of the complex regulatory and legal settings surrounding occupational safety, health and environmental management. Occupational safety, health and environmental regulations, and how they affect industry, legal responsibility, and accountability; ethical considerations in and external to the organization; and the international environment and how it may affect projects are all examined.

SF 540  Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to increase the student's knowledge of disaster preparedness and emergency response procedures, safety and health hazards and controls, and enforcement issues. Topics include elements of an emergency response plan, training requirements, the incident command system, medical surveillance, and post emergency recovery. Major human services are covered.

SF 550  Fire Safety Management and Disaster Response  3 Credits (3,0)

Essentials of fire protection and prevention in the context of safety, health, and environmental management. Fire behavior and combustion, including fire chemistry, fire dynamics, and concepts related to the development and spread of fire. Fire prevention methods, fire detection systems and fire protection including control systems, fire suppression, and extinguishment. How organizations can engage in an all-hazards emergency management approach to fires and other disasters.

SF 560  Industrial Hygiene and Physical Hazards  3 Credits (3,0)

Recommended approaches to the health effects, measurement methods, regulations, and control technologies related to physical hazards, including temperature extremes, noise, vibration, lasers, non-ionizing radiation (RF, microwave, IR, visible, and UV), and ionizing radiation.

SF 570  Fire Safety Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to teach the essentials of fire protection and prevention in the context of safety, health, and environmental management. The course will provide an introduction to fire behavior and combustion to include fire chemistry, fire dynamics, and concepts related to the development and spread of fire. The course will also address fire prevention methods, fire detection systems, and fire protection including control systems, fire suppression, and extinguishment. Lastly, the development of fire safety programs will be addressed, along with emergency action plans and response.

SF 580  Environmental Protection for the Safety, Health and Environmental Manager  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and techniques used by the safety, health and environmental manager to protect workers, the community and the environment from environmental hazards; to facilitate a strategic approach to environmental conservation and sustainable business practices; and, to comply with EPA, OSHA and state and local regulations. Prevention and mitigation of environmental problems will be paramount in the course, but management techniques and programs focused on containment and clean-up of spills and releases will also be addressed.

SF 590  Hazard Control Methods in Occupational Safety and Health  3 Credits (3,0)

This course focuses on the application of scientific, engineering and technical principles and methods used to identify, evaluate and control workplace safety and health hazards. Hazard elimination and engineering controls are emphasized in the course. General industry topics, such as the following, are addressed: job safety analysis; inspections and audits; facility design, layout and maintenance; machine safeguarding; walking and working surfaces; materials handling; production operations; and, occupational health hazards and controls.

SF 599  Special Topics in Safety  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics.

SF 600  Occupational Safety and Health Management  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides a broad overview of occupational safety. It begins with an exploration of the history of the subject, moves through the OSH Act, worker compensation, safety program development and management, and finally addresses hazards and controls. The application of safety and health management principles to the management of complex technical industries is covered.

SF 611  Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology  3 Credits (3,0)

This course addresses the technical concepts and application of industrial hygiene and toxicology as it pertains to preventing occupational illnesses. Topics include the recognition of occupational health hazards, hazard evaluation through screening and sampling, and the prevention and control of occupational health hazards in order to mitigate occupational illnesses. The course also prepares the student to select, interpret, and apply federal and state occupational health and safety laws and regulations.

SF 619  Human Factors and Ergonomics  3 Credits (3,0)

This course emphasizes the role of human factors in workplace and work task design with emphasis on complex technical industries. Topics include traditional material such as anthropometry, control/display design, visual and auditory acuity, and their importance in work design, circadian rhythms, and their implications for work design and shift work, psychomotor skills, and learning and memory. Also included are concepts of physiological aspects in ergonomics and the anthropometric principles in workspace and equipment design.

SF 620  Evaluation of Chemical Hazards and Analytical Methods in Industrial Hygiene  3 Credits (3,0)

Concepts and techniques related to the evaluation of occupational exposures to gases, vapors, and aerosols. Emphasis on operating mechanisms and practical aspects of industrial hygiene air-monitoring equipment, characterizing exposure distributions and developing sampling strategies.

SF 630  System Safety Programs  3 Credits (3,0)

This course emphasizes the specialized integration of systems engineering and sound management practices into all phases of a system's life cycle, to achieve acceptable risk, given the confines of operational effectiveness and fiscal responsibility. Hazard recognition, assessment and risk mitigation strategies and resources are applied to systems from conception and design phases to operational and disposal phases, as a means to minimize legal risk and maximize safety and health.

SF 640  Industrial Hygiene Sampling and Analysis  3 Credits (3,0)

Environmental physical, chemical and biological contaminant exposure assessment for regulatory compliance and epidemiologic risk estimation for public health. It focuses on theory, equipment use, instrumentation, methodologies, and strategies used for measuring and analyzing environmental contaminants, including chemical, physical and biological agents. Emphasis is placed on air monitoring, dermal, surface, noise, soil, and water contaminant sampling and data analysis.

SF 691  Graduate Capstone  3 Credits (3,0)

The Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management Graduate Capstone Course is the culminating effort of the student learning experience. The student will identify an occupational safety and health research problem; complete a thorough review of the scholarly literature; formulate and test hypotheses or research questions; collect and appropriately analyze qualitative or quantitative data; and interpret and report research findings, using scientific judgement to improve the field of occupational safety and health or provide solutions to an occupational safety and health problem. The Capstone Course will be taken at the end of the degree program.
Prerequisites: SF 611 SF 530 SF 540 SF 570 SF 580 SF 590 SF 600 SF 619 and SF 630

SF 700A  MSOSM Thesis I  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is the first of a two course sequence, SF 700a and 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 Occupational Safety and Management topic, supervised throughout its preparation by the Thesis Committee. The document is intended to demonstrate the student's mastery in a topic of Occupational Safety and Management and be of satisfactory quality for publication. Following satisfactory performance within this course, the student will continue on to SFTY 700b for the completion and submittal of the thesis.

SF 700B  MSOSM Thesis II  3 Credits (3,0)

The goal of this course is for students to complete their thesis work to critique an issue, explore an idea, or solve a problem through a process of developing and/or applying current Occupational Safety and Management and industry related research methods, including problem identification, hypothesis formulation, and interpretation of findings. The student will finish their thesis work to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in an Occupational Safety and Management topic relevant to the specific degree sought, and to contribute original research to the already existing body of scientific knowledge through the development of their thesis document.