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SFTY 440 : System Safety Management

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
System Safety Management
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 an 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.

This course is a designated elective for the Minors in Aviation Safety and Occupational Safety and Health. It is designed to familiarize the student with the terms and principles of the system safety discipline. The student will be able to use various hazard analysis techniques to evaluate and identify risks associated with technical industrial systems, including basic aviation systems. The student will also be able to evaluate the effectiveness of the system design in controlling identified hazards.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Apply system safety definitions, principles, and concepts as discussed to a system safety program.

2. Illustrate how the safety precedence sequence is used and its relationship to the phases of the product life cycle.

3. Differentiate and assess the various roles and responsibilities of the members of the System Safety Planning Group.

4. Justify the need for a system safety program and the issues which must be addressed when implementing a program.5. Explain and evaluate the role of human factors in the system safety discipline.

6. Assess a system’s development and its applicable system safety precepts through its life cycle phases.

7. Apply statistical analysis techniques in Risk Management and risk acceptance decisions.

8. 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, and Event and Causal Factors Charts and accident investigation.)

9. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter. (Effective July 1, 2013)

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr. Curt Lewis - 3/1/2015
Mr. Scott Burgess - 3/1/2015
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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