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Online CPD course

System Safety Engineering in Design & Development Organisations

7 - 25 June 2021 (3 weeks, part-time, online)

Refresh, consolidate and extend your skills and knowledge of the principles, concepts and techniques of system safety engineering, safety assurance, risk management and safety critical system engineering.

"This is a well-executed course with interesting and clearly articulated material. I will be recommending to my Head of Department that all safety engineers would benefit from this, no matter how long they have been doing the job."

This new online course is designed for professional engineers and engineering managers, from early-career to more experienced individuals.

It provides a rich awareness of the individual and organisational responsibilities for system safety and the key engineering and management activities that are undertaken during development projects.

Delegates will learn how to discharge their responsibilities effectively and efficiently through an engaging programme of lectures, individual exercises and group work. 

Course details at a glance

  • Dates and duration: 7 - 25 June 2021 (3 weeks, part-time)
  • Delivery format: Blended online course
  • Number of learning hours: Approximately 45 hours in total (27 hours of self-supported study; up to 18 hours of live exercises and discussion)
  • Technology: University of York Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard); WebEx video conferencing services
  • Live activities: In Week 2, you will take part in nine two-hour long plenaries and group exercises facilitated by presenters from the University of York
  • Offline support: Throughout the duration of the course, you will have access to a discussion board moderated by presenters from the University of York
  • Number of places available on the course: 24
  • Cost: £1,395.00 GBP (VAT exempt)

What you will learn

Self-study materials

Using self-study materials including recorded lectures, slide packs and individual exercises, you will explore a wide range of system safety engineering and management topics, including:

  • Financial, legal / regulatory and professional ethics motivation of system safety engineering
  • Key principles, concepts and terminology of system safety engineering (including the bow-tie model)
  • System & Safety Lifecycles: key safety engineering and assurance activities and their relationship to wider development activities
  • Measurement of Risk (Severity, Probability and Risk) and setting safety requirements
  • Confidence and Confidence Requirements: Safety Integrity Levels (SILs) and Development Assurance Levels (DALs) under different standards.
  • Making Decisions about Risk & Risk Acceptance: ALARP
  • Hazard Identification & Assessment at different lifecycle stages: Checklists, Functional Failure Analysis (FFA) & Hazard and Operability Studies (HAZOP)
  • Consequence Analyses, including Event Tree Analysis
  • Causal Analyses: Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Quantitative Analysis and Data Sources
  • Common Cause & Common Mode Failures: Zonal Hazard Analysis and Particular Risk Analyses
  • Safety Cases & Goal Structuring Notation
  • Human Factors in System Safety
  • Safety Critical Software
  • Operational & Through-Life Safety
  • Organisational View: Safety Management Systems and Safety Plans

Lecturers will be on hand to answer any questions via our online discussion board throughout the duration of the course.

Live Exercises

'Live' group discussions and activities will cover:

  • Accident causes and responsibilities for system safety (Piper Alpha accident)
  • Preliminary Hazard Identification, Checklists and the notion of “Hazard” (Automated Guided Vehicle case study)
  • Event Tree Analysis (Chemical Plant case study)
  • Risk Assessment and ALARP (Aircraft Landing Gear Collapse case study)
  • Functional Failure Analysis (Aircraft Deceleration on the Ground case study)
  • Quantitative Safety Arguments and Data Sources (Power Supply case study)
  • Fault Tree Analysis (Automated Guided Vehicle case study [ revisited])
  • Safety Management, Engineering Ethics and Organisational Safety (Challenger Accident)

All plenaries and group exercises will include a significant amount of time for general questions and discussions about all subjects and materials covered in the course.

Please email the CPD team if you require further information about the content of the course.

How the course is delivered

The course is delivered in a blended online format, which offers you the flexibility to schedule your training around your work and home commitments.

Your learning will consist of supported self-study and ‘live’ group discussion and exercise activities, with generous opportunities for interactive discussions with presenters and other experienced professionals.

The first and the last week of the course are reserved for self-study (recorded lectures and individual exercises), and you will be supported by experienced lecturers via University’s Virtual Learning Environment and shared discussion board.

During the week 14 - 18 June, group exercises and plenaries will be conducted over WebEx video conferencing facility. During that week, attendees will be expected to participate in nine 'live' activities which will each be 1.5 to 2 hours long in duration. From Monday to Thursday during that week, there will be one activity in the morning and one in the afternoon. On the Friday, there will be one activity in the morning.


Book your place

"A very well run course. The presenter was very interesting and kept us all engaged with course material that was relevant to our current roles."

The fee for the course is £1,395.00 GBP per person.

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10% Discount

Book by the 21st May 2021 for a 10% discount.  To redeem your discount, please use the code SCSE10 at check out when booking your place.

Payment Options & Group Bookings

If you wish to pay via purchase order or have a group booking request, please contact the Business and Partnerships Team to discuss your requirements

More about us

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The University of York is an internationally-recognised centre of research, education and industrial training in the engineering, assurance and management of high-integrity and safety-critical systems and services.

Our postgraduate courses, professional training, events and networking opportunities ensure that professionals working in the field of safety-critical systems can meet the ever-changing challenges of their industry.

Find out more about the services we offer to safety engineering professionals


Contact details

The Business & Partnerships Team
Department of Computer Science
University of York

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325500