course: Introduction to System Safety Engineering and Management

teaching methods:
lecture with integrated tutorials
computer based presentation
responsible person:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tim Güneysu
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tim Güneysu (ETIT), B. Sc. Jakob Feldtkeller (ETIT)
offered in:
summer term

dates in summer term

  • lecture: Tuesday the 25.05.2021 from 08:00 to 17.00 o'clock
  • lecture: Wednesday the 26.05.2021 from 08:00 to 17.00 o'clock
  • lecture: Thursday the 27.05.2021 from 08:00 to 17.00 o'clock
  • lecture: Friday the 28.05.2021 from 08:00 to 17.00 o'clock


Die Angaben zu den Prüfungsmodalitäten (im WiSe 2020/2021 | SoSe 2021) erfolgen vorbehaltlich der aktuellen Situation. Notwendige Änderungen aufgrund universitärer Vorgaben werden zeitnah bekanntgegeben.
Form of exam:project
Registration for exam:Directly with the lecturer
continual assessment


On completion of this block course, participants will:

  • understand risk, and the factors influencing perception and acceptability of risk;
  • be able to give definitions of safety-related terminology and discuss how the use of terminology varies between countries and industrial sectors;
  • have an understanding of typical safety-critical systems lifecycles and the roles of the major groups of techniques within the lifecycle.


This block course provides an introduction to the basic concepts and principles of system safety, including risk, hazard, accidents, and failure, and techniques for safety analysis and assessment. It also provides a brief overview of related material, such as legal issues, management of safety critical projects, and human factors.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to accidents, hazards and risk;
  • Formal definitions of safety engineering terminology;
  • Legal and moral context;
  • System lifecycles view of safety activities;
  • The concept of Safety Risk and making decisions about risk;
  • Introduction to Safety Cases;
  • Overview of safety analysis techniques;
  • Safety-critical software;
  • Introduction to Safety Cases;
  • Introduction to Safety Management

In the end, participants have to complete an assessment approximately over the next six weeks which results in the final grade for this course.

Students can choose to only do a short assessment, which results in ungraded 2 CP for this course (only as a free elective course), instead of 3 graded CP (as a mandatory elective course).




This course addresses only to master students.

For registration please send an e-mail to by May 02, 2021 at the latest. Since the number of participants is limited registrations are considered on a first come basis..