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System Safety Assessment - COM00052M

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Mark Nicholson
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

This module aims to cover the analysis and assessment phase of the system safety engineering life-cycle for a proposed product or service. It does so by considering the inputs to this phase, the qualitative and quantitative analysis techinques that can be employed within this phase and the outputs from this phase in terms of evidence into the safety case regime. It also considers the changing assessment requirements as more integrated and complex systems are developed.

Module learning outcomes

  • Explain the role of system safety assessment throughout the safety lifecycle

  • Correctly apply a range of system safety assessment techniques such as FMEA, FTA, RBD, Markov and understand their strengths and limitations.

  • Select appropriate analysis techniques for particular situations

  • Assess the implications of the results of system safety analysis

  • Critically evaluate performance of system safety assessment by others


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. There will be a general feedback on the answers I was expecting and individual feedback on how well you did for each question.

Indicative reading

**** JD Andrews & TR Moss, Reliability and Risk Assessment, Professional Engineering Publishing, 2006

**** Nureg, Fault Tree Handbook, Nureg, 1981

*** O'Connor, Practical Reliability Engineering 5th ed, Wiley, 2012

*** A. Elsayed, Reliability Engineering, Wiley, 2012

*** Carl S. Calson, Effective FMEAs, Wiley, 2012

** N. Singpurwalla, Reliability and Risk: Bayesian Perspective, Wiley, 2006

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