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Gain a system-level perspective and achieve system safety

Learn the fundamentals of system engineering, including the most important phases such as requirements engineering, design synthesis, implementation, verification, validation and disposal, and their impact on safety.

Students in this course are introduced to the basic concepts, terminology and methods of engineering safe technical systems. They will be capable to correctly interpret and define technical safety while exploring the system engineering lifecycle expanded to include the required safety processes and concepts. Participants will comprehend the influence the standards, human factor, security, management, and software has on system safety.

The course gives important insights into influences and success factors on safety, as well as the established risk assessment concepts. Special importance is given to functional safety with the goal to understand the role of safety functions and their application in the system engineering lifecycle relevant to safety. Functional safety is emphasized by the specific roles hardware and software may play in achieving the safety goals.

 Course Highlights:

  • System definition and system boundaries
  • System environment and context
  • Basics of system safety
  • System life cycle versus Safety life cycle
  • Life cycle phases
  • Influence and Success Factors for System Safety
  • Risk evaluation
  • Specification and evaluation of safety functions

Course Benefits:

  • Understand Functional Safety, Safety Functions, and their applications in technical systems
  • Become aware of the importance of system-level design approach with regards to safety
  • Experience with safety terminology
  • Perform basic risk evaluation through risk matrices/graphs and calculations using key quantification

Course Typically Offered: Live Online during Fall and Spring quarter.

Prerequisites:  Students should have basic engineering knowledge in either one of the following disciplines: electrical engineering, computer engineering, or mechanical engineering; a basic probability theory familiarity is also required.

Hardware (required): Computer with Internet connection, working speakers and microphone.

Next steps:  Upon completion of this course, consider taking other courses in the Functional Safety Fundamentals For Automotive Certificate

More information: Contact unexengr@ucsd.edu to learn more about Functional Safety Fundamentals For Automotive and course offerings.

Course Number: EE-40185
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Functional Safety Fundamentals for Automotive