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Systems Engineering and Functional Safety (for new MSc Sustainable Automotive Electrification)

Introduction

The module details the fundamental principles pertinent to Systems Engineering, Systems thinking and Functional Safety. Beginning with Systems Engineering the module covers the principles and concepts of complexity and systems thinking, Lean engineering, system architecture and model based systems engineering. Moving on to functional safety, and incorporating the systems engineering principles the student covers the safety lifecycle, hazard and risk analysis, system/hardware/software development, and the associated processes including safety and change management, confidence levels and ultimately verification. Learning is reinforced via case studies and practical exercises.

The purpose of the module is to ensure the student is capable of both understanding and following the essential processes in developing complex automotive systems, from understanding the user cases, requirements, specifications through to validation and verification of functional and safe systems. Systems Engineering is the industrial framework for developing complex systems, and functional safety ensure they are safe to use.

Objectives

Upon successful completion participants will be able to;

  • Critically Evaluate the Systems Engineering approach and its practical application in Automotive Engineering
  • Evaluate customer need and interpret requirements in advanced complex systems
  • Systematically define, decompose and cascade requirements throughout complex systems
  • Comprehensively apply functional safety principles in the design of complex automotive applications
  • Critically evaluate the safety life cycle and it's application to automotive systems

Syllabus

The module details the fundamental principles pertinent to Systems Engineering, Systems thinking and Functional Safety. Beginning with Systems Engineering the module covers the principles and concepts of complexity and systems thinking, Lean engineering, system architecture and model based systems engineering. Moving on to functional safety, and incorporating the systems engineering principles the student covers the safety lifecycle, hazard and risk analysis, system/hardware/software development, and the associated processes including safety and change management, confidence levels and ultimately verification. Learning is reinforced via case studies and practical exercises.

Assessment

  • Post Module assignment (70% weighting)
  • Video Presentation (20% weighting)
  • In module online assessment tasks (10% weighting)

Duration

1 week, including 19.5 hours of lectures, 7.5 hours of seminars, 10.5 hours of supervised practical classess