Introduction

This course provides an introduction and overview of the theories, concepts, applications and practices of the field of aerospace safety. This course is designed for the aviation safety student and covers topics such as human factors, mechanical factors, accident investigation, safety programs and safety statistics. This course is comprised primarily of sophomore and junior level students. It is a required course for the Aviation and Occupational Safety major and a required course for other minors within the department. This course is one of two introductory level Safety survey courses offered by the department. Accordingly, considerable student diversity in both backgrounds and educational goals are represented in present enrolment. Providing a dynamic, interactive introduction to the subject matter can serve to enhance total program enrollment, a major goal of the department. Use of the hybrid methodology increased student comprehension of the course topics thereby providing a better foundation for subsequent coursework in the department.

Rationale for the Implementation

In addition to meeting the existing learning objectives of SF 210, it was hoped that the implementation would increase student engagement with the course material through a design that necessitated a more active learning approach than was presently accomplished in the lectureonly model. Additionally, as a function of the hybrid methodology, it was hoped that the implementation would foster an increased degree of self-reliance in the students - formed through activities that require their investigation, research, and problem solving skills. The original format used a three-semester hour conventional stand-up lecture presentation of the course material with three texts and a final examination to assess learning. These were accompanied by a student presentation on a safety subject worth 20% of the total grade. Although student reviews of the course with this instructor and others were positive in the traditional format it was apparent that more could be done to improve student engagement as well as the acquisition and retention of the course outcomes.

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