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System Safety Assessment (SSAS)
This course 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.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Explain the role of system safety assessment in the safety lifecycle;
- Describe and participate in RBD, FMEA, Markov and cause-consequence techniques;
- Describe and participate in fault tree construction;
- Describe and participate in the production and evaluation of fault tree cut sets;
- Describe and participate in the production and evaluation of fault tree quantitative analysis;
- Select appropriate analysis techniques for particular situations;
- Assess the implications of the results of system safety analysis;
- Explain the role of system safety assessment techniques during detailed design;
- Explain the role and issues surrounding system safety analysis in safety arguments;
- Compare manual and automated performance of system safety assessment;
- Discuss the state of the art and future directions in system safety assessment;
- Critically evaluate performance of system safety assessment by others.
Who is the course for?
This course is suitable for:
- Practitioners across all domains including aerospace, military, railway, automotive, civil nuclear, civil maritime, medical devices and healthcare;
- Developers of equipment safety cases during design for software, hardware, procedures, systems and/or platforms;
- Developers of safety cases for operational safety and disposal;
- Reviewers of safety cases within an organisation or as an independent activity;
- Developers and reviewers of changes to existing safety-critical / safety-related equipment and operations;
- Project managers where development of a safety case is a significant element of projects they manage;
- Regulators of safety critical domains.
A basic understanding of system safety terminology and lifecycle via prior learning or industrial experience. It is useful for you to have taken our Foundations of System Safety Engineering course.
If you are unsure about your previous experience, please email the CPD Admissions Team at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can assess your suitability for this course.
How is the course taught?
During your course, you will have full access to the benefits of the York approach, with experienced and knowledgeable lecturing staff on hand throughout the week, as well as the opportunity to gain insights from your industry peers.
During the 2023/24 academic year courses will be taught in a blended format. There will be three days of face-to-face teaching in York, taking place on Tuesday to Thursday of the teaching week. In addition students will be provided with self-study materials totaling some 10 - 15 hours of study time. These will be split between work to be completed before the in-York sessions and materials to be studied afterwards.
During the teaching week there will be a combination of lecture materials and case studies to explore. The case studies give you the chance to work through an example to reinforce your learning from the lectures.
Each course ends with an optional assessed exercise that is undertaken away from the University over 5-7 weeks following the taught element of the module. Each assessment takes approximately 65 hours in addition to the scheduled teaching time, of which we estimate students spend 30 hours undertaking private study plus 35 hours writing up the assessment. All assessed exercises are open (so you won't take an exam in supervised conditions), and comprise a report, case study, or documented piece of software.
If you choose to take the assessment and you pass, your results can count towards the completion of one of our postgraduate awards:
You should apply for your Masters, Diploma or Certificate award after taking no more than 40 credits of modules. All components of your chosen postgraduate award, including modules taken as CPD short courses, must be taken within a five year time period.
When will this course be taught?
The key dates for this course in the 2023/24 academic year are as follows:
Registration closes: 20/11/2023
Preparatory materials released: 04/12/2023
Face-to-face teaching: 12/12/2023 - 14/12/2023
- 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
- Acceptance onto a short course is at the agreement of the course leader. They will want to assure themselves that you have the relevant level of background knowledge. You may therefore be asked to provide a CV detailing your knowledge / experience in particular areas.
- Course fees quoted include all relevant course materials, tuition and examinations, lunch and refreshments.
- A completed booking form with Purchase Order or payment is required no later than one month before the course starts, or immediately for bookings made within one month of the beginning of the course.
- Fees are payable to The University of York.
- Fees are payable to The University of York.
- Payment can also be made by credit or debit card.
We regret that a fee must be charged when confirmed bookings are cancelled or transferred to future dates. In the event of a cancellation, you may nominate a substitute
(acceptance of this substitution is subject to academic and availability conditions). If a suitable substitute cannot be found the following scale of charges will apply:
- 56 days or more before the programme starts ‐ full refund
- 55 days or less ‐ 50% refund
- 28 days or less ‐ 25% refund
- 14 days or less ‐ no refund
Transfers to a postgraduate award
Students who attend any short course(s), and subsequently choose to undertake a full MSc, Certificate or Diploma, will be entitled to some credit of the fees already paid, which can be used towards the cost of the full award. The credit a student is entitled to is calculated as follows:
|Credit % of the fees already paid
You should apply for your chosen postgraduate award after taking no more than 40 credits of modules. All components, including modules taken as CPD short courses, must be taken within a five year time period.
We reserve the right to amend published information.
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