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*Note: Suggested supplemental resources and suggested web sites are meant to provide a starting point for research only and are not meant to be all inclusive.
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Students will complete the individual project as a requirement of the course.
The proposal for the project must specifically address how each applicable Program Outcome will be demonstrated. The proposal must list each question or a detailed explanation of the project and each member’s role within the project if a group project is selected. Methodology to include what statistical analysis will be conducted must also be included in the proposal. The student’s program specialization(s) must be identified in the proposal.
The project option, either group or individual, will be determined at the beginning of the term. Project size and structure will be determined by the faculty member. A group project should be 3-5 students per project. Exceptions must be approved by the Aeronautical Department Chair or MAS Program Chair.
The faculty member will guide the development, focus and scope of the project. The project must be comprehensive, relevant, include statistical analysis with a structured methodology and address all applicable Program Outcomes.
The project proposal must be submitted to the faculty member and Aeronautics Department for review no later than the end of Week 2. Review and feedback of the proposal by the Aeronautics Department will be accomplished within five (5) working days of receipt.
The proposal must:
Define the objective and scope of the project to include statistical analysis techniques and research methodologies.
Explain how the project will support the student’s demonstration of all applicable Program Outcomes.
Define the role of each project member (if group project option is selected).
The project must address all core Program Outcomes and applicable Specialization Program Outcomes.
The comprehensive exam/project is the only graded deliverable in this course. It has a value of 1000 points and is scored based on the breakdown below.
90 – 100% A
80 – 89% B
70 – 79% C
0 – 69% F
Evaluation Items & Weights
Overall Project/Comprehensive Exam
Rubric #1 500 pts. (50%)
Core Program Outcomes
Rubric #2 400 pts. (40%)
Specialization Program Outcome
Rubric #3 100 pts, (10%, 5% each if dual specialization)
Total 1000 pts. (100%)
Program Outcomes 1 – 4 are the MAS Core Competency Outcomes.
1. Students will be able to apply the fundamentals of air transportation as part of a global, multimodal transportation system, including the technological, social, environmental, and political aspects of the system to examine, compare, analyze and recommend conclusion.
2. The student will be able to identify and apply appropriate statistical analysis, to include techniques in data collection, review, critique, interpretation and inference in the aviation and aerospace industry.
3. The student will be able across all subjects to use the fundamentals of human factors in all aspects of the aviation and aerospace industry, including unsafe acts, attitudes, errors, human behavior, and human limitations as they relate to the aviators adaption to the aviation environment to reach conclusions.
4. The student will be able to develop and/or apply current aviation and industry related research methods, including problem identification, hypothesis formulation, and interpretation of findings to present as solutions in the investigation of an aviation / aerospace related topic.
Program Outcomes 5 – 12 are the MAS Specialization Outcomes
The student will investigate, compare, contrast, analyze and form conclusions to current aviation, aerospace, and industry related topics in aeronautics, including advanced aerodynamics, advanced aircraft performance, simulation systems, crew resource management, advanced meteorology, rotorcraft operations and advanced aircraft/spacecraft systems.
6 Aviation Aerospace Education Technology
The student will investigate, compare, contrast, analyze and form conclusions to current aviation, aerospace, and industry related topics in education technology, including computer based instruction, simulation systems, education foundations, curriculum development, continuing education, adult teaching and learning techniques, and memory and cognition.
7 Aviation Aerospace Management
The student will investigate, compare, contrast, analyze and form conclusions to current aviation, aerospace, and industry related topics in management, including aircraft maintenance, industrial safety, production and procurement, international policy, research and development, logistics, airport operations, and airline operations.
8 Aviation Aerospace Operations
The student will investigate, compare, contrast, analyze and form conclusions to current aviation, aerospace, and industry related topics in operations, including simulation systems, operations research, rotorcraft operations, communication and control systems, air carrier operations, and corporate operations.
9 Aviation Aerospace Safety Systems
The student will investigate, compare, contrast, analyze and form conclusions to current aviation, aerospace, and industry related topics in safety systems, including systems safety, industrial safety, accident investigation and analysis, transportation security, airport safety and certification, safety program management, and aviation psychology.
10 Human Factors in Aviation Systems
The student will investigate, compare, contrast, analyze and form conclusions to current aviation, aerospace, and industry related topics in human factors, including psychology, sensation and perception, human-computer interaction, memory and cognition, and applied experimental design.
11 Space Studies
The student will investigate, compare, contrast, analyze and form conclusions to current aviation, aerospace, and industry related topics in space studies, including earth observation and remote sensing, mission and launch operations, habitation and life support systems, and applications in space commerce, defense, and exploration.
12 Space Operations Management
The student will understand and be able to apply and solve problems presented to current aviation, aerospace, and industry related topics in space operations, including earth observation and remote sensing, mission and launch operations, habitation and life support systems, and applications in space commerce, defense, and exploration, operations research, information management, advanced planning systems, and production and procurement.
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