Singapore University of Social Sciences

System Safety Management

System Safety Management (SFTY440)

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Language: English

Duration: 6 months

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Area of Interest: Science & Technology

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School/Department: School of Science & Technology


This course reviews the development and implementation of the system safety discipline in technical industries, including aviation. “System Safety” entails specialized integration of skills and resources in all phases of the life cycle of a given system in furtherance of accident prevention. Its heritage is systems engineering and management theory but amplified to include modern safety practices derived from numerous disciplines. Students will acquire and understanding of how accident prevention is designed into equipment, processes, and facilities under development, evaluated and enhanced during testing, and assured or otherwise controlled during operational use.

Level: 4
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, This will be administered on-campus.


  • Introduction
  • History of SS
  • Mil Std 882D Introduction: Fundamentals of SS
  • Program management and control: Design/Integration, Evaluation/ Compliance
  • Relationship to product life cycle
  • System Safety and Compliance Safety Compared
  • Statistical Analysis and Safety Management
  • SS tasks & Products
  • Preliminary Hazard Analysis
  • System & Subsystem Hazard Analysis
  • Operating & Support Hazard Analysis
  • Energy trace and barrier analysis
  • Failure modes and effects analysis
  • Fault tree analysis
  • Management oversight and risk tree
  • Emerging Concepts
  • System Safety Analysis Preparation
  • Safety Analysis Presentation

Learning Outcome

  • Apply system safety definitions, principles, and concepts as discussed to a system safety program.
  • Illustrate how the safety precedence sequence is used and its relationship to the phases of the product life cycle.
  • Differentiate and assess the various roles and responsibilities of the members of the System Safety Planning Group.
  • Justify the need for a system safety program and the issues which must be addressed when implementing a program.
  • Explain and evaluate the role of human factors in the system safety discipline.
  • Assess a system’s development and its applicable system safety precepts through its life cycle phases.
  • Apply statistical analysis techniques in Risk Management and risk acceptance decisions.
  • Identify and evaluate hazards using the hazard analysis techniques presented in the course (e.g., Energy Trace and Barrier Analysis, Management Oversight and Risk Tree, Project Evaluation Tree and Event and Causal Factors Charts and accident investigation.)
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