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SFTY 630 : System Safety Programs

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
System Safety Programs
This course emphasizes the specialized integration of systems engineering and sound management practices into all phases of a system's life cycle, to achieve acceptable risk, given the confines of operational effectiveness and fiscal responsibility. Hazard recognition, assessment and risk mitigation strategies and resources are applied to systems from conception and design phases to operational and disposal phases, as a means to minimize legal risk and maximize safety and health.

This course is designed to provide graduate students with the knowledge and techniques to include safety throughout a system’s life cycle and to provide an understanding of risk management and process safety as it pertains to occupational safety and health exposures.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Interpret system safety definitions and explain system safety principles.

2. Formulate an understanding of product development through life cycle phases and the impact of system safety.

3. Perform hazard analyses to effectively identify and evaluate hazards.

4. Recommend risk mitigation strategies to reduce associated risk to an acceptable level throughout the entire life cycle of a system.

5. Evaluate the effects of human factors on system safety and risk management.

6. Prepare a graduate level, quality research paper that produces a system safety program plan for a technical development.7.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
Input Grading Item100

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
Written and oral communication, as well as computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
Topic 1. Basis and Introduction to Risk Identification Est. Hrs. 4 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Introduce the history of systems safety and its evolution. 2. Identify exactly what a system is in the context of systems safety and its importance to the overall operation. 3. Discuss in detail risk identification and how it relates to the reduction of hazards and mishaps. 4. Comprehensively explain why systems safety is more than the design and development phase and includes the life cycle of the system. Topic 2. Safety Analysis and Management Est. Hrs. 5 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Review Safety Systems in various industries. 2. Establish Life Cycles in safety management. 3. Discuss in detail organizational management requirements. 4. Identify common mistakes and recommend resolutions. 5. Analyze how MIL-STD-882 works as the basis for systems safety in design and development of systems for the government Topic 3.Hazard Analysis Est. Hrs. 4 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Review the concepts of Hazard Analysis. 2. Apply Hazard Analysis to everyday and industrial examples. 3. Identify operational support and its role in managing hazards. 4. Analyze a variety of applications using established techniques Topic 4. Process Safety Analysis and Management Est. Hrs. 3 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Evaluate process safety analysis and management. 2. Apply process hazard analysis to industrial/commercial/private scenarios. 3. Perform hazard and operability studies within a systematic framework. 4. Compare techniques that are used in safety analysis and management Topic 5. Risk Analysis and Probability Est. Hrs. 4 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Review the basic concepts of system reliability and redundancy. 2. Establish the fundamental requirements of Fault Tree Analysis and its applications. 3. Critically review a Fault Tree Analysis to assess risk and probability. 4. Determine how Fault Tree Analysis works within a System Safety management Topic 6.Failure Mode Effects Analysis Est. Hrs. 5 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Determine the principles supporting Failure Mode Effects Analysis. 2. Establish the processes and procedures to undertake Failure Mode Effects Analysis. 3. Apply Failure Mode Effects Analysis in an industrial application. 4. Determine how ranking Risk Priority Numbers assists in Continuous Improvement. 5. Investigate how Failure Mode Effects Analysis supports System Safety management Topic 7 System Safety Training and Techniques Est. Hrs. 5 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Introduce the concepts of MORT, ETBA, SCA and their role in system safety. 2. Review data sources for system safety and the need for training. 3. Compare where system safety needs to be supported by these techniques. 4. Apply these techniques to various industries where appropriate Topic 8. Safety Reporting, Procedures and Evaluations Est. Hrs. 5 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Review accident reporting and associated actions. 2. Analyze human factors in system safety programs. 3. Apply system safety procedures to industry scenarios. 4. Discuss how human factors influence safety systems and evaluations. 5. Compare various approaches used internationally for system safety programs Topic 9.Risk Evaluation Est. Hrs. 5 Student Outcomes: The student will be able to: 1. Determine the role of Risk Evaluation in System Safety Programs. 2. Discuss Risk Evaluation Analysis. 3. Apply Risk Evaluations to System Safety Programs
Dr. Ian R. McAndrew - 3/1/2015
Dr. Katherine Moran - 3/1/2015
Dr. Ian R. McAndrew - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
1-6 Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management program, graduates will be able to:

PO 1 – Anticipate, recognize, evaluate, prevent and control workplace safety and occupational health hazards within numerous industries to protect people, property, the environment and organizational operations.

PO 2 – Effectively manage the occupational safety and health function within a variety of industries.

PO 3 – Justify occupational safety and health programs, initiatives and control efforts through the use of business and risk management metrics, by maintaining compliance with applicable standards and regulations or through scientific evaluation of outcomes.

PO 4 – Effectively communicate and interact with persons at all levels within an organization and externally about occupational safety, health and environmental management.

PO 5 – Practice and perform in an ethical, moral, responsible, and accountable manner in all aspects, but especially in the practice of safety.

PO 6 – Identify an occupational safety and health research problem; complete a thorough review of the scholarly literature; formulate hypotheses; collect and appropriately analyze data; and, interpret and report research findings to improve the field of occupational safety and health or to provide solutions to an occupational safety and health problem.

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