MR8404 - System Safety Engineering and Management


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination and Report
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Rapport 50/100
Muntlig eksamen 50/100

Course content

Today´s technological systems are designed and constructed with increasing levels of complexity making it difficult to ensure safety in operation. This course addresses fundamental concepts and methods for developing, verifying, and maintaining safety in 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 should be able to understand and utilize systems engineering and management methods for achieving safe operation of technical systems. They should know state-of-the-art and current challenges in the research area.
Skills: The student should be able to:
-Understand the content of essential concepts in a systems approach, with main focus on the systems engineering process, system operation models, and the relationship between human, technological and organizational factors in safety and maintenance.
-Understand advanced safety and maintenance management, including its integration and implementation.
-Understand methods for system verification and its influence on safety.
-Utilize methods for deriving and evaluating requirements and specifications to system safety and maintenance, including risk assessment and life cycle costing.
-Develop safety and maintenance indicators and means for controlling operational safety performance.
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 to be included in 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.

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2014

Language of instruction: English


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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Marine Technology


Examination arrangement: Oral examination and Report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Muntlig eksamen 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Rapport 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Muntlig eksamen 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Rapport 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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