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Safety Science (SF)

Aerospace and Occupational Safety Courses

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

This course introduces the basic health and safety concepts associated with a typical workplace, the home and community. The course provides an overview of health and safety, and the historical perspective regarding the development of safety and health from prior to the Industrial Revolution to the present day. This survey course is intended to introduce students to the broad spectrum of safety and health that includes public health, home safety and workplace safety.

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

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

SF 299  Special Topics in Safety  1-6 Credit

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

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

This course examines matters associated with health and safety relating to the environment including air, water quality and sanitation. Areas of concentration include hazardous materials, their storage, handling, and transportation. Additional study includes waste management and cleanup as well as a detailed study of environmental laws, regulations, and protection of workers involved in activities associated with hazardous material activities.
Prerequisites: SF 201 or SF 210 and COM 221.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An examination of design, manufacturing, metallurgy, and maintenance as to the influence each has on aircraft accidents. A detailed analysis of the Failure Process is conducted with additional topics that include: design, loading, stress, fatigue, corrosion, and the envelope of operation.
Prerequisites: SF 330 and COM 219.

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

This course will introduce the aviation professional to the potential safety and security hazards which are inherent in airport ground operations. Focus will be on complying with the Federal Aviation Regulations and Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations as they pertain to airport operations. Ground operations of both a commercial and general aviation airport operations area will be studied for compliance. Techniques to be studied include the use of Safety Management Systems, Airport Certification Manuals, airport emergency plans, human factors design of organizational defenses, security barriers and safeguards, risk hazard assessment, use of personal protective equipment, wildlife management and bird strike mitigation, and collection and analysis of safety data. Specific topics will include; ground vehicle operations, airfield terminal procedures, airport movement areas, airport emergency plan preparation and execution (AEP), security of airside operations, and accident investigation of ramp accidents and reduction of individual risk factors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SF 399  Special Topics in Safety  1-6 Credit

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

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

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

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

This course addresses the application of engineering principles, administrative controls and the use of personal protective equipment to achieve optimum safety and health through the identification and analysis of hazards, including processes, equipment, products, and facilities. This course is designed to have the student qualify for the OSHA 30 hour General Industry card through OSHA?s Outreach Program.
Prerequisites: SF 201 or SF 210 and COM 221.

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

This course will emphasize an understanding of probability and human reliability as an important technique in safety analysis. Topics will include qualitative and quantitative tools and techniques for human reliability analysis applied to accident analysis, prevention, and mitigation.
Prerequisites: PSY 226.

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

This course has students exposed to methods of data collection and analysis largely based on methodologies drawn from the discipline of epidemiology. This includes a set of heuristics and quantitative methods used to analyze the distribution of events (injuries, illnesses, accidents, etc.) and their relationship to the workplace. This course is a survey of those quantitative methods with an emphasis on occupational applications to safety management.
Prerequisites: SF 201 or SF 210 and MA 222 or PSY 226.

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

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

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

This course addresses the application of engineering principles, administrative controls and the use of personal protective equipment to achieve optimum safety and health through the identification and analysis of hazards and risks, including processes, equipment, products and facilities. This course is designed to have the student qualify for the OSHA 30 hour Construction card through OSHA?s Outreach Program.

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

TThis course emphasizes the specialized integration of safety skills and resources into all phases of a system's life cycle. Accident prevention, beginning with systems engineering together with sound management, are combined in this course to enable the student to fully appreciate 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.
Prerequisites: SF 201 or SF 210 and COM 221.

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

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

SF 499  Special Topics in Safety  1-6 Credit

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