Aviation Safety – AVIA 300

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/15/2023

Course Description

This course provides the student with a detailed introduction into aspects of aviation safety, risk management, and the associated components of pilot psychology, human factors and accident trends, factors and analysis. Students will explore and develop their identity as an aviation leader as it relates to safety.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Safety is important in every aspect of aviation, and pilots and maintainers are an integral part of creating a culture of safety in their aircrafts and organizations. Considering this, the aviation student must learn all aspects of safety and understand how different agencies work together to lower accident rates.

Course Assignment

Textbook Readings, Presentations, External Websites, and Videos

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussion: Class Introductions

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will post a video introduction of himself or herself and then reply to two other classmates. The visual presentation must include a 5-minute maximum recorded presentation. Each reply must contain at least 150 words, including a question or a relevant follow-up response to guide the discussion. (CLO: A, B, C, F, H, I)

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences and a chance to share thoughts with other students. After reading each prompt, the student will post a thread of 500 words minimum. In addition to the thread, the student will post replies of 250 words minimum to two (2) other students’ threads. At least 2 scholarly sources are required for the initial thread. Acceptable sources are course readings, Bible, and peer-reviewed journal articles. At least 1 biblical principle must be integrated. (CLO: A, B, C, F, H, I)

Book Report Assignment

The student will write a report with a 2-page body on either the FAA Risk Management Handbook OR the FAA Operator’s Manual: Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance. A biblical support for the topic is required. The report must use current APA format and include a title page and a reference page that cites the Handbook or Operator’s Manual and any additional sources, if utilized. (CLO: A, B, C, F, H, I)

Crew Resource Management (CRM) Case Study Assignment

The student will read one of the accident reports found in the assignment instructions and write a 1-page case study paper in current APA format. After reading the report, the student will identify at least 1 CRM problem/issue that led to the crash, then suggest a CRM solution from the textbook reading/videos and recommend the best solution that should have been implemented to possible avoid future accidents. (CLO: A, E, I)

Reflection/Connecting Paper Assignments (2)

The student will write a 250-word minimum reflection/connect story from his/her work/family life or pull from weekly instructional material with an inspirational, faith-centered theme. Relate a scripture or biblical reference that connects with the story/topic. (CLO: A, F, I)

Final Paper Assignments (2)

Final Paper: Outline Assignment

The student will write a 1 to 2-page outline for the Final Paper. The outline will introduce the topic that the student is writing about for the final paper. The outline will include a title page, the outline, and a reference page (min 3 references, not including the bible). APA format will be followed for the title page and the reference page. The goal is for the reader of the outline to gather a basic comprehensive idea of where the paper will go. (CLO: A, C, E, F, I)

Final Paper: Final Draft Assignment

The student will write a final paper with a 3 to 4-page body on a topic that is related to aviation safety (either on the ground or in the air). This is not an aircraft accident analysis and/or review paper. However, the student may use aircraft accidents as supporting data, but not as main topics. The goal is to explore, research, critically think, and present a topic that the student found interesting in the course material. (CLO: A, C, E, F, I)

Accident Review Assignments (2)

Accident Review: PowerPoint Assignment

The student will submit a PowerPoint presentation based on ONE (1) accident from assignment instructions. The presentation must include a discussion of the pilot’s (Capt/FO) experience, maintenance practices, details of the accident, causal factors, and a professional recommendation for how the crash could have been avoided. The integration of YouTube links and other graphics is encouraged. The presentation will be a minimum of 10 slides. Each slide will include in-text source citations and a reference slide at the end of the presentation in APA format. Any references cited must be formatted according to current APA style.

Accident Review: Reflection/Connect Paper Assignment

The student will also submit a 1-page refection paper which will tie together the accident and faith-centered thoughts with biblical reference and support.

(CLO: A, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)

Quizzes (8)

The student will complete 8 open-book, open-notes quizzes. Six of these assessments will include 25 multiple-choice, multiple-answer, essay, and/or true/false questions. The Quiz: Midterm and Quiz: Final will have 50 multiple-choice, multiple-answer, and true/false questions. Each quiz will be based on the material from the assigned Module(s): Week(s) Learn section. For six of the quizzes, the student will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete each quiz. For the Quiz: Midterm and Quiz: Final, the student will have 3 hours to complete each quiz. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I)