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Systems Engineering For Safety - COM00001M

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Claire Ingram
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Semester 1 2023-24

Module aims

This module is an introduction to the technical and organisational aspects of systems engineering, focusing on early lifecycle systems analysis and modelling (i.e. systems concepts, requirements and architectures). It intends to present systems engineering principles which are applicable to a range of critical engineering systems (e.g. control systems, platforms, systems of systems and autonomous and configurable systems). In particular, it focuses on the early consideration of, and tradeoffs between, technical as well as economic attributes such as safety, maintainability, cost and time-to-market in the context of key organisational challenges related to technology readiness and process maturity.

Module learning outcomes

  • Explain the scope and nature of systems engineering in the context of high safety risk industries
  • Identify and assess the interaction between systems engineering and economics
  • Describe the role and importance of organisational aspects of systems engineering in the development life-cycle in the context of high safety risk industries
  • Describe the principles of, and issues concerning, systems requirements, architectures, modelling, trade-offs, design rationale and product lines as well as emerging concepts in systems engineering related to adaptive systems
  • Participate in requirements definition, architecture design, trade-off analysis and system modelling


Task Length % of module mark
Open Assessment
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Open Assessment
N/A 100

Module feedback

Individual written feedback is provided via the online feedback system.

Indicative reading

*** G Pahl, W Beitz, K Wallace, L Blessing, F Bauert, Engineering Design a Systematic Approach, Springer Verlag, 1995

*** Sanford Friedenthal, A Practical Guide to SysML: The Systems Modeling Language, Morgan Kaufmann, 2011

***, Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge, INCOSE publications

*** L Cohen, Quality Functional Deployment, Addison Wesley, 1995

*** M A Jackson, Problem Frames, Addison Wesley, 2001

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