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Title: Methods for System Analysis
Short Code: EVA_MSA
ECTS Credits: 2
Organizer Details: ZHAW IAMP

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

Decision Date: 3 February 2023 
Start Date: 3 March 2023 
End Date: 31 March 2023 
Date Details:

Three full-day workshops plus individual work on case study assignments:
Block 1: 03.03.23
Block 2: 17.03.23
Block 3: 31.03.23


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):

There are different analysis methods that increase the system understanding and can be used to analyse the failure behaviour and the system behaviour among others. In this course we will explore some of the analysis methods used in industry.

Contents and Learning Objectives:

This course introduces the most important quantitative and qualitative methods of systems analysis with a special focus on safety, reliability and availability.

  • parameters for the system evaluation
  • qualitative methods like STPA (Systems-Theoretic Process Analysis)
  • quantitative basics
  • quantitative methods such as FTA (Fault Tree Analysis), FMEDA (Failure Mode, Affects and Diagnosis Analysis) or Markov models
  • application of what has been learned within a comprehensive case study
Learning Objectives:
  • students can identify useful system parameters to evaluate a system
  • students know different methods of verification and validation of systems and can apply them
  • students know qualitative methods for system analysis
  • students know quantitative methods for system analysis
  • students can work with different tools to prove system parameters
  • students will be able to perform system analysis within a case study
Admission: Electrical and Mechatronic Engineers, Computer and Data Scientists, Mechanical Engineers, Systems Engineers, Aviation 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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