MR8404 - System Safety Engineering and Management


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

Technological systems are becoming increasingly complex with more autonomous functionality making risk analysis and safe operation more challenging. This course addresses fundamental concepts and methods for analyzing, verifying, and ensuring safety in advanced and critical systems. Physical systems are the main focus, but human and organizational factors are also covered.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: After having completed the course, the students shall be able to understand and utilize system safety theory and methods for achieving safe operation of technical systems. They should know state-of-the-art and current challenges in the research area, and adjust this knowledge to their PhD-projects.
Skills: The students shall:
-Understand the content of essential concepts in system safety and systems engineering.
-Be able to utilize methods in system safety theory, including STAMP/STPA and CAST, to analyze and model safe and sustainable technological systems. The central focus will be on systems with autonomous functionality, if relevant for the students participating in the course.
-Be able to develop advanced risk models to be used for dynamic risk control and with integrated machine learning.
-Develop safety and/or maintenance indicators for controlling operational safety.
General competence:
-The students should be be able to write a course paper which forms the basis for a scientific conference article or journal article relevant for the candidate´s PhD-thesis. They should also be able to present and discuss challenges and ideas for further research in the field.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, group discussions, presentations, scientific writing, and self study. Minimum 3 students must register for the course to be taught. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required. The course will be taught in English if English speaking students take the course.

Course materials

A list of relevant reading material will be provided at the start of the course.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Safety, Reliability and Maintenance
  • Operations and Maintenance Management
  • Maintenance and Risk Analysis
  • Operation technology
  • Safety and Reliability
  • Marine Technology
  • Risk Analysis
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Marine Technology



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