Technical systems are becoming increasingly complex - from individual vehicles to large production plants. Industry is increasing its investment in the safety of such systems, to protect humans and the environment and to avoid economic losses. This is where you will make your contribution as a qualified safety expert. Because the Master degree program deals with Safety and Systems Engineering, Risk Management, Project and Process Management and Law and Business Administration. This continuing education is in high demand in industry and has been developed by FH Campus Wien in cooperation with the TÜV AUSTRIA Academy.
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Office hours during the semester
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00 o'clock.
Application period for academic year 2023/24
1st October 2022 to 9st July 2023
tuition fee / semester:
+ ÖH premium + contribution2
1 Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727,- per semester
2 for additional study expenses (currently up to € 83,- depending on degree program and year)
The safety of technical systems goes hand in hand with the safety of man and the environment. This is your basic principle, creating your holistic concept of safety. Your technical background is based on your education and professional activities. On the process and engineering level, system safety and risk management are your be all and end all, directing your thinking and actions. You have an analytical talent which enables you to remain a step ahead of potential dangers and risk. You prefer to be ahead of the pack in terms of tapping into the growing technical field of safety and of implementation of sustainable processes.
FH Campus Wien and the TÜV AUSTRIA Academy have since 2010 been successfully cooperating in the area of practice-oriented training and further education in the field of functional and system safety. With the newly developed Safety and Systems Engineering Master degree program, the two institutions are closing a gap in the educational landscape. FH Campus Wien provides the expertise in research and teaching, whilst the TÜV Austria Academy contributes its extensive know-how on machine and plant engineering. The result is a unique post-graduate education. We offer you the opportunity of pioneering without venturing into uncharted waters. Because the need for safety has long been recognized especially in the Anglo-American realm and it is on the increase in our own environment. Our cooperations with well-known companies such as Siemens AG, ZKW Elektronik GmbH, Tele Haase Steuergeräte GmbH, Thyssen Krupp Presta Hungary Kft. oder die TeLo GmbH, to name but a few, are proof of the successful transfer of know-how to industry. You will as a student be integrated into cross-disciplinary and international "safety network" and will use these valuable contacts for the exchange of experience. Practical relevance is also guaranteed through our Campus Lecture evenings which are open to all and offer contributions by prominent experts.The part-time organizational form will assist you in coordinating your job and your studies.
The Vienna Institute for Safety & Systems Engineering (VISSE) at FH Campus Wien is a pioneer in the field of Safety among central European universities. The VISSE operates as a knowledge platform which, via the degree program, brings together university research, teaching and business practice. The VISSE experts also teach in the new Safety and Systems Engineering Master degree program. To the student this offers a unique opportunity of participating in innovative research and development projects.
The objective of the Project Safety Competence Center Vienna project, for instance, was to develop an integrative safety process which would integrate the requisite norms and standards into a process model. Using the ISaPro® Integrative Safety Process and the ISaPro® Shell Model analysis method based on ISaPro®, hazards may be systematically identified and risks may be limited. Additionally systematic errors will be avoided, which could have a negative impact in particular in the software field
This increases safety and facilitates its verification. You will study this in your degree program and may seamlessly apply your findings in your professional practice.
As an additional benefit under this degree program, we offer you the opportunity of obtaining respected TÜV AUSTRIA CERT GMBH personal certificates. On completing the relevant courses and passing a certification test, you may obtain the "Certified Safety Specialist", "Certified Safety Manager", "Certified Quality Officer" and "Certified Risk Manager" certificates. Certification is directly via the TÜV AUSTRIA Academy. The certification fees are not included in the tuition fees and will be charged separately by the TÜV AUSTRIA Academy.
In the Master degree program, you will be dealing with
You will write your Master thesis in the fourth semester.
A discipline-spanning way of thinking, where especially the interaction between individual disciplines is emphasized, is central to the education. The "Principles of Safety & Systems Engineering" module forms the basis of the Master degree program. The highly interlinked "Project and Process management", "Safety and Risk management" and "Business and management competency" modules are building on this. The "Safety Advanced" module links theoretical knowledge to practice as illustrated in the "Praxis transfer" module and also links to the Master thesis required under the "Scientific competence" module.
- Basic notions of statistics:- Frequentistic approach to probability - Random variables, distributions, expectation and variance - Important Distributions:- Binomial- and geometric (=Pascal) Distribution, - Normal distribution - Poisson- and exponential distribution - Time invariant failures:- Poisson process as time-continuous analogue to the Bernoulli-Process, failure rates and MTBF
Continuous assessment Short written exams on a regular basis. Written final exam (report). Possibly additional oral exam to clarify questions.
Distance Learning, classical black board lessons and additional home studies.
- Methods of systematic hazard identification - Risk analysis and risk assessment - Overview of analysis methods - Inductive, deductive and explorative methods - Qualitative and quantitative methods - Data sources for quantitative methods - Procedures and advantages and disadvantages of methods: - Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA) - Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) - Failure Mode and Effect Criticality Analysis (FMECA) - Hazard and Operability Analysis (HAZOP) - Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) - Event Tree Analysis (ETA) - Cause-Consequence Analysis (CCA) - Layer-of-Protection Analysis (LOPA) - Human Task Analysis (HTA) - Relative Risk Ranking - Comparison of Methods (Advantages and Disadvantages) - Guideline for the Selection of a Suitable Analysis Method depending on the Use Case
Continuous assessment -
- Basics of System Safety - Influences and Success Factors for System Safety - Risk Assessment - Functional Safety - Specification and Evaluation of Safety Functions
Final exam Final exam
Basics of Fault Tolerance - Dependability - Phases of Fault Tolerance Physical Fault Tolerance - Static Redundancy - Dynamic Redundancy - Hybrid methods - Fault tolerance with repair Fault tolerance for information - Channel and Error Models - Basics of Block Codes - Linear Block Codes Temporal Error Tolerance - ARQ procedure - Procedure against permanent errors
Final exam Written exam
- Introduction, basic terms and definitions of human factors. - Psychological basics of perception and cognition; Gestalt theory. - Mental Model, Situational Awareness, Decision Making, Human Error - User Centred Design, Usability Engineering, User Interface Design Process, Human Factors in the Product Design/Project Life Cycle - Social and Cultural Factors, Internationalization-Localization - ROI of Human Factors/Usability Engineering, Cost of Change
Continuous assessment Continuous assessment
- Basics of information security - Terms - Secure software and system development - Operational Security - Information Security Management - Network Security - Access control (authentication, authorization, etc.) - Basics of cryptography - Physical security - Security testing and evaluation - Basics of biometrics - Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery - Security and Psychology - Security Economics - Cybersecurity - Data Protection - Norms and standards in the field of IT security
Lectures with practical examples and exercises
- Crisis: Definition and framework - Crisis team: functions and tasks - The emergency has occurred: From initial measures to follow-up - Scenarios and processes - Human factor: Individuals and groups in stress situations - Crisis communication: Do's and Don'ts in crises - media appearances - preparing and holding a press conference - Formation of a crisis team, situation assessment and evaluation, development and implementation of initial measures, rehearsal of procedures in the crisis team - Practical implementation of crisis communication - Business Continuity Management (BCM) and Critical Incidents (CI)
Final exam Participated with success
The aim of my course is to give an overview of product liability and product safety rules. The students learn the terms and the legal delimitation of the different legal bases such as "prod-uct liability", "compensation", "warranty" and "guarantee". Based on Austrian law, students learn the practical significance of product liability on the basis of individual judgements of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the Supreme Court of Justice of Austria (OGH) and selected national courts of other European countries. Due to the practical relevance of this course, the students will be shown legal peculiarities and "stumbling blocks" and will be provided with instructional aids for coping with product liability crises. Due to the technical background of the students of the Master's programme "Safety and Sys-tems Engineering", the following legal terms, just to name a few, will be discussed o What is the "state of science and technology"? o What is the "state of the art" and what influence do standards and technical rules actually have in product liability? o What does the CE marking mean? In view of the rapid technological developments, the following topics will be discussed with the students: o Product liability and IoT (Internet of Things): Is software a product according to prod-uct liability and is the software developer also liable? o Digitisation: Security of networked products through software updates? o Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) o Robotics: What legal framework does the European Union (EU) plan to establish for (more) safety and liability?
- Definitions and basic terms of systems engineering - Systems theory- System definition and system delimitation - System-Environment Analysis - System-Environment Analysis - Context Analysis - Systems of Systems - System Life Cycle - Requirements Engineering - Design Synthesis - Realization - Integration - Verification and Validation - Supporting - Practical examples
Lecture, literature study and presentations
- Basics and basic structures of technical English - Grammatical peculiarities - Development and expansion of a subject-specific vocabulary - Basic mathematical terms - Describing forms and processes/sequences - Typical idioms and vocabulary of technical documents - Editing technical texts (e.g. extracts from norms and standards)
- Context: Project Phases, Analysis Types and Analysis Methods - Overview of analysis methods and hazard filters - Safety analysis methods in the project process landscape of a project - Application of analysis methods in the life cycle of a system
Introduction Financial Accounting Management Accounting Metrics, Investment and Controlling Case Studies
Lecture with case studies
- Overview of relevant safety standards, such as- IEC 61508 - EN/ISO 13849 and IEC 62061 (Machinery Industry) - IEC 615011 (process industry) - ISO 26262 (Automotive) - ISaPro® - Framework- Problem Space - Model Space - Solution Space - Operation Space - - Processes of the ISaPro®- Management Processes - Engineering Processes - Safety Processes - Support Processes - Weaving the basic practices into the standard ISaPro® processes - Development of the project process landscape - Systematic procedure in the safety-relevant project on the basis of the ISaPvor - The safety case using the example of the Goal Structuring Notation (GSN)- Introduction to the Goal Structuring Notation - Advantages and disadvantages of a graphical notation - Representation of evidence by means of the GSN using the example of ISaPro® - Application and meaning of the standard elements of the graphical notation - Additional elements of the graphical notation for the representation of more complex projects - Safety Assessment- Introduction and basic terms of Safety Assessment - Safety Assessment: Tasks/Process/Roles - Organizational approaches - Planning and preparation - Change description - Operational Services and Environment Description (OSED) - Approaches of different safety assessment procedures: Safety Screening and multi-stage procedures (Safety Achievement Methodology, System Safety of Equipment). - Detailed questions and methods - Types of risk reducing measures - Documentation/Safety Case (Project & Unit SC, Goal Structuring Notation) - Working with suppliers; software aspects - Do's & Don'ts
- Planning and preparation- Develop goals for the presentation - Different presentation styles - Structuring- Structure of an (English) presentation - Presenting complex issues in an understandable and goal-oriented way - Useful phrases for English presentations - Checklist for opening and closing - Dealing with the audience- Establishing rapport - Achieving and maintaining attention - Dealing with questions, objections, interruptions or misunderstandings - Use of media- Tips for Power Point - Differences in the use of visualization aids - Process visualization & description - Answering questions skilfully - Conducting and analyzing a presentation
Continuous assessment • Classroom participation: 25% • Presentations in class & follow-up task: 50% • Moodle platform tasks: 25%
continuous assessment of classroom performance; discussions, pair work, team work; student presentations
- Project Management - Introduction - Processes in technical project management - Interactions between processes and the lifecycles used - Methods of project management - Project planning and integration of relevant other plans (e.g. Safety Plan, QA Plan, CM Plan) - Project-oriented organization - Planning of reviews, audits and assessments - Project organization in the safety-relevant area - Risk management - Project controlling - Project completion - Escalation management - Change Management and Change Control Board
- Process Management – Introduction - Process Maturity Models - Introduction - CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integrated) for Development - (Automotive) SPICE (ISO/IEC 15504 and ISO/IEC 3300x) - Assessments - Maturity Models and Safety
Final exam exam at the end of the course
- ex-cathedra teaching - group work
- Basics of quality management and the 8 principles for achieving quality - Overview of quality, environmental, safety and integrated management systems - Requirements for the quality manager - The process management model of ISO 9001:2008 - Interpretation of the most important requirements of the standard - Structure of a process-oriented quality documentation - Management responsibility, management review - Human resources, infrastructure & working environment - Customer-related processes, procurement & product/DL realization - KVP - Continuous Improvement Processes - Internal & external audits
Lector: DI (FH) Peter Krebs
- Definition and Application of Formal Methods - Comparison between formal and nonformal methods - Formal Specification - Formal Verification - Model Checking
Lecture with exercises
Lector: FH-Prof. Dr. Hans Tschürtz, MSc MSc
- Setting up a safety-critical project in a team - Creation of a technical concept - Creation of technical specifications - Practical implementation - Assurance of process and product quality - Carrying out safety analyses - Carrying out safety assessments/audits - Preparation of a presentation - Presentation of the results to a selected audience
Lector: Florian Wagner, MSc.
- Basics of model driven system and software development - Introduction to MDA (Model Driven Architecture) - Introduction and overview of UML (Unified Modeling Language) diagrams - Introduction and overview of SysML (System Modeling Language) diagrams - Introduction to DSL (Domain Specific Languages) - Introduction to Contract Based Design - Illustration and deepening of the methods by means of examples and practical application of tools (e.g. Eclipse Modeling Framework (ecore), Papyrus, etc.) - Application in ISaPro - Application of safety analyses in the models - ISaPro® (Integrative Safety Process)
Lector: Dr. Reinhard Preiss
- Risk Management Policy - Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle of Risk Management - Framework for technical risk management - Processes for risk identification, risk analysis, risk assessment and risk management - Risk Monitoring - Risk Communication
Lector: Ing. Andreas Dvorak, MSc, DI Walter Sebron
- Introduction to process-oriented management systems - Challenges of Management Systems - Integrated Management Systems - Strategic Management - Introduction to Safety Management - Safety Management Systems - Quality management-based safety management system - Management Responsibilities - Resource Management - Product Realization - Safety systems in operation (risks, ALARP, hazard management, etc.) - Monitoring, evaluation and improvement - Challenges in practical application - Safety management in projects - Hazard and risk management - Safety planning - Safety Case - Safety Risks: Typical pitfalls
Lector: DI (FH) Peter Krebs, DI Dr. Wolfgang Lechner, Christian Loidl, Dr. Reinhard Preiss
Solutions for Mechanics, Hydraulics and Pneumatics - Inherently safe design measures - Mechanical safety principles - Fault exclusion - Solutions for Hydraulics - Solutions from Pneumatics Solutions for Hardware - Reliability of HW - HW-Failures - Failure prevention - HW architecture Solutions for Software - SW safety - Methods for Fault prevention -- Programming language -- Modularisation -- Stateless design -- Static resource allocation - Methods for Fault tolerance -- N-Version Programming -- Recovery Block -- Failure Assertion/Defensive Programming -- Diverse Monitor/Watchdog -- Error Detecting/Correcting Codes Solutions for Process Engineering - Failure probability - Architecture - Design of a SIF
Lecture with examples, practical exercises
Lector: DI Walter Sebron
- Basics of Testing - Verification, Validation, Testing, - Quality Control, Quality Assurance - Static Testing - Dynamic Testing - Black-Box Testing, White-Box-Test - Testing in the Lifecycle - Component Testing - Integration Testing - System Testing - Acceptance Testing - Site Acceptance Testing - Operation Testing during the Maintenance Phase - Evidence for the Safety Case during Testing - Test Management - Test Planning - Test Strategy (Prioritization, Criteria, Intensity, etc.) - Test Concept (Test Planning, Criteria, Intensity, etc.)) - Test concept (test environment) - Test organization - Test specification creation - Test case creation - Metrics data - Test team and their independence in the project - Test methods (regression tests, etc.) - Test reporting - Test tools - Testing and safety standards - Testing in the safety-critical area - Qualification of test tools - Consideration of current developments in the test environment - Test automation - Current development in the test area
Continuous assessment Continuous assessment Work assignments and cooperation
- Reading, editing and evaluating scientific literature - Function and use of citations, scientific communication or language - Research question and hypotheses - Text types: disposition, abstract, introduction/conclusion - Review of scientific texts - autodidactic writing exercises
Lecture by the course instructor, group work, distance learning tasks, peer assessments
- Independent work on a subject-relevant topic at a scientific level under the guidance of a supervisor. - Preparation of the Master Thesis
Final exam Approval of the Master Thesis
Preparation of the Master Thesis
- Accompanying the students in their Master Thesis assignments - Presentation of excerpts from the Master Thesis - Individual interviews and group discussions to reflect on experiences and procedures
Final exam Participated with or without success
Independent preparation for the oral Master's examination
Final exam oral Master's examination
- Presentation of practical examples and handling of R&D by company representatives from the following areas- Automotive - Railway - Air Traffic Control - Mechanical and plant engineering - Process technology - Medical technology and much more - Excursions
Continuous assessment Continuous assessment of classroom performance: 50% Presentation: 50%
Semester datesWinter semester: September to end of January Summer semester: Mid of February to July
Timesblock instruction on weekends (Friday and Saturday, approx. 2 blocks per month)
Language of instructionGerman
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