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Through Life Safety - COM00059M

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

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2023-24

Module aims

This module addresses the safety issues that arise after system deployment including:

  • Safe management of operational systems
  • Procedures required to maintain the safety of systems when maintenance or modification is required.
  • Safety monitoring and advanced safety monitoring.

Module learning outcomes

  • Compare equipment and operational safety cases
  • Describe the relationship between equipment and operational safety cases
  • Review operational procedures for safety implications
  • Describe and participate in processes for the maintenance of ALARP in operation
  • Plan data collection using information from the design safety case
  • Describe the role and different levels of health monitoring in operational safety
  • Describe and participate in analysis of operational data for safety
  • Identifying and discuss issues relating to multiple organisations interacting in a safety programme
  • Describe and participate in the application of the principles of obsolescence and change management
  • Describe and participate in the application of techniques for accident modelling
  • Critically compare techniques for accident modelling
  • Explain the role of emergency planning in through life safety
  • Discuss the state of the art and future directions in Through Life Safety


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

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment 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

**** Barry Turner, The Organizational and Interorganisational Development of Disasters, Administrative Science Quarterly, 1976

*** Sidney Dekker, Just Cluture, Ashgate, 2007

*** Charles Perrow, The Next Catastrophe, Princeton, 2007

*** Diane Vaughan, Challenger Launch Decision, Chicago, 1996

*** Leveson, Nancy, et al., Applying STAMP in accident analysis, Nasa Conference Publication, NASA, 2003

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