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Learn the most common safety analysis techniques

System Analysis Techniques course gives an overview and classification of methods used to assess the safety of a system. Most common safety analysis methods are laid out and their workflows are described in detail. The methods covered include Preliminary Hazard List (PHL), Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA), Failure Mode and Effect Analysis and its variants (FMEA/FMEDA/FMECA/Fu-FMEA), Functional Failure Analysis (FFA), Hazard and Operability Analysis (HAZOP), Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Event Tree Analysis (ETA).

The course has a high practical dimension, with numerous examples including group work for course participants, which will conduct each method over a practical technical system of choice. The focus of the practical exercises would emphasize the automotive domain, with analysis tackling specifics of hardware and software components in a system safety decomposition and the key quantification including Safe Failure Fraction and Diagnostic Coverage.


Course Highlights:

  • Introduction to safety analysis methods
  • System model analysis
  • Hazard and Operability Analysis (HAZOP) and Functional Failure Analysis (FFA)
  • Hazard analysis
  • Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)
  • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)

Course Benefits:

  • Understand the background of safety analysis methods and the criteria to apply them
  • Select the appropriate method based on their purpose, advantages and disadvantages
  • Grasp the differences between the various methods, their preconditions, and their expected results
  • Apply safety analysis methods on simple examples or small projects

Course Typically Offered: Live Online during Fall, Winter and Summer quarter 

Prerequisites:  Students should have basic engineering knowledge in either one of the following disciplines: electrical engineering, computer engineering, or mechanical engineering. Have taken previously Systems, Functions and Safety course or equivalent experience.

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 to learn more about Functional Safety Fundamentals For Automotive and course offerings.


Schedule for FA22 -- 5 weeks accelerated
Wk1. 3 sessions – Mon-Wed-Fri
Wk2. 4 sessions  -- Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri
Wk3. 3 sessions  -- Mon-Wed-Fri
Wk4. 4 sessions --  Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri
+ 1 session for the exam, Monday wk5

Sessions are from 6 - 7:30 am PST or 3 - 4:30 pm CEST

Course Number: EE-40189
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Functional Safety Fundamentals for Automotive

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