Safe Fundamental Aeronautics – AVIA 571

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course prepares students to understand safety fundamentals in aeronautics. These skills are applied to optimizing performance to improve systems and safety. Students will be challenged to apply a biblical world perspective to human factors discussed.

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


Aerospace leaders and scholars require a working understanding of safety fundamentals while serving in positions of authority and responsibility to include: Governmental agencies, military branches, airlines, corporate flight departments, the academic community, and other fields.

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 Introduction Video

Discussions are collaborate learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete the Discussion in a visual presentation format. The visual presentation must include at maximum 5-minute recorded presentation.  The student will also reply to 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborate learning experiences. Therefore, there are four 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 word.  (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Essay Assignments (4)

There are four essay assignments in this class.  The student will respond to each assigned essay topic in written form. The essay will contain 2-3 pages of content plus a cover page and reference page.  Submissions should be substantive and self-explanatory, fully addressing the essay prompts.  (CLO: A, B, C, D)

Safety Theory Workshop (STW) Assignments (5)

The Safety Theory Workshop (STW) is a multi-assignment project that will span the duration of the course.  The building-block approach of the workshop mirrors the Capstone Program and is intended to familiarize the student with some of the tools, skills, and techniques needed in AVIA680 and AVIA681 (Capstone courses).

The STW is composed of the following assignments:

Topic Selection Assignment

Each student should focus his/her topic selection on an issue of interest. The issue must be a focus of debate within the last five years. The student will address the problem from multiple points of view and consider all sides of the argument. A theoretical lens of current safety theory will be used to evaluate the problem and suggest recommendations.

This assignment must be in the current APA format. There is no word count; however, be sure to be thorough and complete with each answer. A Title Page and Abstract are not required for this assignment.

Annotated Bibliography Assignment

Once the student has chosen a topic and the thesis statement has been approved by the professor, it is time to begin researching that topic more thoroughly. For this assignment, the student will find a minimum of five scholarly sources (published within the last five years) and one scholarly biblical source (not including the Bible) related to his/her thesis statement. The student should have sources that align (support) with his/her thesis as well as oppose his/her thesis. The sources the student chooses must broaden the student's depth of knowledge and challenge the student's opinions or stance on his/her stated issue or problem.

There is no word count; however, the student must be thorough and complete with each answer/heading. The source summaries should be comprehensive, and the purpose is to assist in writing the STW paper. A Title Page and Abstract are not required for this assignment.

3-Tier Outline Assignment

By this point, the student should have completed an in-depth reading of his/her literature sources and extracted data, quotes, and paraphrases that will be used in the outline. The 3-Tier Outline provides an organized method for structuring a coherent paper and keeping track of the source information that matches the details/notes being collected.

Peer-Review of Rough Draft Assignment

Throughout the academic writing process, the ability to give and receive feedback is important. Providing feedback to the student's peers requires the student to critically think about the assignment’s intention and ensure his/her peer meets the expectations of the assignment. In this course, the student will have the opportunity to review his/her fellow classmates’ work and offer insightful and constructive feedback on a rough draft of his/her STW Paper.

For this Discussion thread, the student will upload the first draft of his/her paper. See the STW Paper Assignment Instructions for the requirements and expectations of this draft. For the reply, the student will read his/her peer’s draft paper and provide feedback within the document by using the New Comment feature under the Insert button on the Word document. The student may also highlight items on the paper and use different color text to help the peer make needed changes. The student should also provide substantive summary feedback at the end of the paper noting what the peer did well and what he/she needs to improve on. After completing the written feedback, the student will submit the paper he/she reviewed as an attachment to his/her written reply to the peer’s Discussion thread. The student will be graded on whether he/she submitted his/her rough draft, how well the student edited the peer’s work, the quality of the student's constructive comments, and the student's summative feedback.

Paper Assignment

The STW Paper is intended to expose the student to the process of writing and applying a literature review to the case study. The development of the literature review should incorporate relevant and informative details regarding the topic, and it should integrate a biblical worldview into the topic. The literature review is an argument for the thesis statement. The student should be aware of personal biases relative to the topic and should not formulate conclusions until all the research is complete. The student will seek to clearly identify, understand, evaluate, and construct potential solutions for the issue under investigation. The student is required to look through a theoretical lens that addresses safety within the topic of study. The lens should be evident in the thesis statement. One additional lens must be from the biblical perspective, integrating a biblical worldview into the narrative. The student should use the 3-Tier Outline as a guide to provide structure for a well-organized final paper.

The STW Paper must be a minimum of 10 pages of text; the goal is 10 to 15 pages of text. The 10- to 15-page text does not include any pictures, charts, or graphs. It also does not include the title page, Table of contents (optional), abstract, reference pages, and appendices. Lengthy quoted passages do not count as part of the 10-page minimum.

Presentation Assignment

Having completed the written portion of the Safety Theory Workshop, the student will construct and record a presentation summarizing the major points, recommendations, and conclusions of his/her research. The student presentation should be designed to inform and convince the audience of the student’s thesis statement. It should include a concise explanation of the major points, recommendations, and conclusions from the written paper. Revisions based on feedback from the STW paper are appropriate, and new information can be included that was not present in the written paper. However, the general form and purpose of the STW Paper should be present.

The presentation should be between 7-12 minutes. A presentation that is shorter than seven minutes will have points deducted. A presentation that is longer than 12 minutes will be cut short and graded accordingly. The time cut will affect the grade since the student may not have time to complete all sections of his/her presentation.

Each student should focus his/her topic selection on an issue of interest.  The issue must be a focus of debate within the last five years.  The student will address the problem from a specific, safety-related, theoretical lens and consider all sides of the argument.  A Biblical lens will also be used to frame the problem within a Biblical worldview.

(CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Quizzes (4)

The student will complete four quizzes in this course. All quizzes will be open-book/open-notes and contain 6-11 questions in varying formats. The allotted time for each quiz is 1 hour.  (CLO: A, B, C, D, F)