Graduate Safety Analysis – AVIA 574

CG • Section TEM • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 01/27/2022

Course Description

This course includes a survey of advanced safety analysis techniques before and after mishaps. Methods explored will include engineering and forensic investigations, animation recreation, safety reporting, and data aggregation and analysis. Students will be challenged to integrate a Biblical worldview while using various tools to deepen their understanding of safety.

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


Today’s aviation professionals are challenged to know and understand legacy and new methods on the job to promote safety in their organizations. Elementary computer programs such as Excel are useful, but leaders need to understand more advanced tools available to enhance leader decision making.

Course Assignment

Textbook Readings

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion: Class Introductions

The student will complete the Discussion: Class Introductions in a visual presentation format. The visual presentation must include at maximum 5-minute recorded presentation.

Discussions (8)

There are eight Discussions to be completed in this course. The student is required to post one thread of at least 500 words and two replies of at least 250 words to two classmates’ threads. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Essays (7)

The student will research one aircraft accident each week. Considering the chain of events, causal factors, NTSB /FAA findings, the student will write a 2-3 page analysis of the accident, to include at least one recommendation to prevent a similar recurrence in the future. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Safety Analysis Briefing

The student will select a major aircraft accident to analyze. Portraying the role of an investigator, the student will consider all factors that may have caused the accident. The student will present results of the analysis either via an animation product or briefing with 15 PowerPoint slides minimum. (CLO: A, B, D)

Course Reflection Essay

The student will write a minimum 500-word essay reflecting on their experience in this course. (CLO: F)