Systems Safety Engineering

Course #SE4101

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


This course introduces the concepts and techniques of systems safety in relation to the design process. Foundational concepts of system safety engineering are presented. Risk is discussed as the medium for quantifying many systems' safety metrics. As a result, students will model accident scenarios to quantify the probability and consequence of the accident. Introduction to specific methods will cover the Systems-Theoretic Accident Model and Processes (STAMP), System Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA), and the hazard analyses in the system safety military standard (i.e., MIL-STD-882E)).


  • OS3180

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Trace the propagation of accidents.
  • Perform an objective causal analysis of an accident including the identification, analysis, and resolution of a hazard.
  • Apply the concepts of risk analysis and communicate the results.
  • Understand common standards and system requirements that are often found in Department of Defense system safety.
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Academic Calendar

  •  06 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter pre-graduation awards ceremony

  •  09 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter last day of classes

  •  13 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter final examinations begin