Aviations Case Study
8.3 Case Study
As a graduate student, you are expected to attain a high level of research and writing ability. One comprehensive research project, which demonstrates achievement of the course learning outcomes, is required for successful completion of this course.
For this requirement, identify an existing or potential injury or illness problem within a particular aviation/aerospace population or work environment. The “Case Study” is due in Module 8 and constitutes 30% of your final course grade. The parameters are eight to twelve pages of text, adherence to proper grammar and the current APA style guide, and citation of a minimum of five reputable scholarly and/or scientific sources in addition to the course text. Wiki sources are not permitted. Research should demonstrate critical thinking and application and your decisions/rationale must be justified/supported with evidence. Your case study should include the following:
1. Abstract – The abstract is a descriptive, but brief summary of your case study. Keep it simple and avoid unnecessary detail. An effective abstract highlights the main points of the case study.
2. Introduction – Your introduction must provide the reader with the focus and intent of the case study. The introduction should clearly state the context of the report, the problem/issues you are studying/researching, the factors involved (e.g. stakeholders, timelines, underlying issues) that are considered, recommendations, and support for your recommendations.
3. Methodology – Your methodology defines the process you use to retrieve data and collect information. Methods could include procedures, materials, participant, interviews, survey, observations, publication research, and other forms of research. If applicable, include materials, procedures, and participants.
4. Literature Review – A literature review is a collection of all of the scholarly writings about your research topic. The literature review is the area of the report where you will discuss the connection between this collection or network of scholarly writings and your research topic.
5. Findings/Discussion of Findings – In this section, clearly state the results of the research and discuss the relationship between your research findings and the application of the workplace or population studies. This is not a just a summary of your results, but rather a well-structured synthesized comprehensive discussion linking the literature to your results to prove the validity of your results and make judgements based on the evidence.
6. Conclusions/Recommendations – In this section, provide a detailed explanation of recommendations. Here you are providing a proposed solution to the identified problem/issue. Discuss how the recommendation can be carried out and the benefits of the recommendation. Close with a concrete discussion summarizing the important components of the report.
Required content components for the Case Study
Identify hazards in a specified population or workplace:
1. Identify at least one existing or potential injury or illness hazard within a particular population or work environment.
2. The population or workplace you select should be associated with the aerospace/aviation industry. You may opt to research populations or workplaces associated with your current or past position, an aerospace/aviation industry in which you are familiar, or with which you have an interest in researching to greater depth.
3. Specify the injury/illness, problem, or potential problem within your selected population or workplace. Topic examples:
o Ergonomic hazards for baggage handlers, flight attendants, or medevac nurses
o Hazardous materials or bloodborne pathogens exposure for aircraft accident investigators and airport rescue fire fighters (ARFF)
o Radiation exposure to commercial pilots
o Stress disorders in air traffic management
o Hazardous materials exposure to aircraft refuelers
o Fatigue in aircraft maintenance shiftworkers
o Struck-by hazards on airport aprons
o Thermal hazards for ARFF, or military flightline personnel
Scope & Magnitude:
1. Address the scope and magnitude of the problem by researching scholarly literature, federal or national statistics, and industry resources. Is this problem locally, nationally, and/or globally systemic?
2. Provide specifics associated with mortality, morbidity, epidemiology of the problem, social consequences, economic consequences, direct and indirect costs associated with accidents, etc.
Hazard & Exposure:
1. Based upon the scholarly literature, occupational safety and health guidelines and resources, and literature from the text, thoroughly describe the hazards and exposures that are responsible for the injury/illness problem or the hazards and exposures that create a potential for injury/illness.
2. Detail how the are harmful or injury producing? If you are addressing a health problem, is the exposure chronic, acute, or both? Are there exposure limits?
3. Detail causal and contributory factors, and relate these factors to accident causation theories and models as portrayed in the research literature or within the course text.
1. Demonstrate the significance of the hazard by using hazard analysis methods and tools, as discussed in the scholarly literature and within the text, to determine the severity and likelihood of injury/illness.
2. What controls are currently in place to prevent injury/illness?
3. Do these controls conform with the hierarchy of controls?
4. Based on the scholarly literature, how effective are these controls? With regard to controls and injury/illness prevention, are there existing standards or regulations?
5. Illustrate the significance of proactive vice reactive measures.
6. Prioritize risks and establish control protocols.
Due Module 3 – In Discussion Activity 3.2, you will describe the workplace and/or population you will analyze in your Case Study, from a systems perspective. This initial discussion will be foundational to the Case Study Introduction.
Due Module 4 – In Discussion Activity 4.2, you will briefly describe existing or potential hazards you are analyzing, the means by which you are assessing these hazards, and initial thoughts as to how these hazards are or should be mitigated through engineering and/or administrative controls. The intent is to share ideas, resources, best practices, and things to consider, amongst your peers.
Due Module 8 – For this final phase, you will submit your case study to your instructor through Turnitin. Turnitin is the plagiarism-detection software used by Embry-Riddle. Save your file using the following naming convention: Lastname_Firstname_activity number_activity description. Do not use punctuation or special characters. Acceptable file types include: .doc and .docx. Familiarize yourself with the assignment rubric to ensure your submission meets the grading standard. Please read these instructions for information on accessing the rubric for assignments that have Turnitin enabled. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.