Syllabus for AVF-303



Aviation Safety Management examines contemporary safety issues directly affecting the aviation industry. Primary focus is on safety developments and accident prevention strategies. Additional topics include: safety regulations; accident investigation; accident causation models and human factors; various safety developments in the air and on the ground; aviation security; and aviation safety management programs.  



After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Evaluate the various agencies and organizations responsible for overseeing aviation safety.

CO2        Define the role of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the accident investigation process.

CO3        Describe airline safety reporting systems and explain safety reporting requirements.

CO4        Appraise the various air traffic control and aircraft safety developments.

CO5        Evaluate airport safety and security developments.

CO6        Characterize the importance of airline safety programs and the aviation safety management systems.


You will need the following materials to complete your coursework. Some course materials may be free, open source, or available from other providers. You can access free or open-source materials by clicking the links provided below or in the module details documents. To purchase course materials, please visit the University's textbook supplier.

Required Textbook

ISBN-13: 978-129641824


Aviation Safety Management is a three-credit, online course consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, take a proctored final examination, and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Promoting Originality

One or more of your course activities may utilize a tool designed to promote original work and evaluate your submissions for plagiarism. More information about this tool is available in this document.

Discussion Forums

In addition to an ungraded Introductions Forum, you are required to participate in six graded online class discussions, one in each module.  

Communication with your mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online class discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a discussion question and at least two subsequent comments on classmates' responses.

All of these responses must be substantial. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate or your mentor, state and support your position.

You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation, including your use of relevant course information to support your point of view, and your awareness of and responses to the postings of your classmates. Remember, these are discussions: responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, mature, and respectful.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete five written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

Final Project

You are required at the end of the semester to submit a final project in the form of a research paper between 5 and 8 pages in length (1250 to 2200 words). Your paper should address a specific development of your choice related to improving aviation safety including its purpose, historical factors that influenced the development, any applicable regulatory/legal requirements, correlation to the human factor, and any future enhancements.  

The final project will be completed in four steps:


For further details see Modules 2, 3, 4, and 6, and the Final Project area of the course.  

Consult the Calendar for due dates.

Final Examination

You are required to take a proctored, online final examination. This exam requires that you use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the Examinations and Proctors section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course website) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

Online exams are administered through the course website. Consult the Course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.

Final Examination

The final is a closed-book, 2 hour, proctored online exam. The final exam covers all the material in course, Modules 1 through 5, and consists of a series of short essay questions.

Note: For a list of key concepts that may appear on your exam, refer to the study guide available in the Examinations section of the course website.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


To ensure success in all your academic endeavors and coursework at Thomas Edison State University, familiarize yourself with all administrative and academic policies including those related to academic integrity, course late submissions, course extensions, and grading policies.

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