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Title: Safety and Systems Engineering
Short Code: EVA_SSE
ECTS Credits: 2
Organizer Details: ZHAW IAMP

Oral Presentation (25%) /  Case Study Reports (75 %) 

Decision Date: 7 September 2022 
Start Date: 7 October 2022 
End Date: 4 November 2022 
Date Details:

Three full-day workshops plus individual work on case study assignments:
Block 1: 07.10.22
Block 2: 21.10.22
Block 3: 04.11.22


Three full-day workshops (teaching, in-class activities and group work progress meetings; total 24 hours) separated by independent self-study immersion and small group work periods (total 36 hours).

In-class attendance is required and compulsory.



Description (max. 300 characters):

As more and more mechanical systems are being replaced by electronic systems, different procedures are needed to continue to develop safe systems. In this module, students learn how to develop and asses safety-related systems using systems engineering approaches This module provides the basic knowledge for the more specialized modules.

Contents and Learning Objectives:

This course introduces the most important concepts and methods of systems engineering with a special focus on safety related systems.

  • complete safety life cycle
    • concept
    • risk analysis
    • system Architecture
    • requirements for system components
    • implementation (HW/SW)
    • verification and validation
    • commissioning, operation and decommissioning
  • various aspects of system development in general and the development of safe systems in particular
  • requirements, standards, laws
  • overview on verification techniques and methods
  • development processes
  • technical solutions
  • application of what has been learned within a comprehensive case study
Learning Objectives:
  • students can identify the hazards for a socio-technical system and assess the associated risk
  • students know the role of standards for the approval of systems and can work with them
  • students know the basics of systems engineering
  • students know the steps of the safety lifecycle, are familiar with the respective work packages, and can work on parts of them
  • students know different methods and techniques of verification and validation of systems and can apply them
  • students understand that safety is a system property that is achieved by an interdisciplinary team during the development phase based on a case study
Admission: Electrical and Mechatronic Engineers, Computer and Data Scientists, Mechanical Engineers, Systems Engineers

Literature list will be provided


All Workshops are conducted in Winterthur. 
Alternatively, it can also be hold in Zurich at Lagerstrasse.


Dr. Monika Reif

Contact Person E-Mail:
Status: registration open
Specialization: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

Aviation (Avi)

Computer Science (CS)

Data Science (DS)

Electrical Engineering (ElE)

Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Mechatronics & Automation (MA)

Medical Engineering (Med)


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