SWEN326 (2023) - Safety-Critical Systems
This course addresses the concepts, techniques and tools required for developing computer systems that are applicable where safety and reliability is paramount. Topics include: the concepts and principles underlying safety-critical systems & standards (e.g. DO178C and IEC61508); techniques for design validation (e.g. model checking); and implementation techniques for ensuring software correctness (e.g. coding guidelines, testing, static analysis, etc). Practical work will involve the design, implementation, and analysis of simple safety critical applications (e.g. for industrial, embedded and healthcare systems).
Course learning objectives
Students who pass this course should be able to:
- Describe the key principles of safety critical systems and the implications of these for software design and implementation.
- Select and apply appropriate standards and processes to develop safety critical systems, for example IEC 61508 and DO-178C.
- Analyse potential risks, hazards, threats, and failure modes in the designs of safety critical systems.
- Design and construct software following safety critical standards, processes, and design techniques.
- Evaluate system designs and software against safety critical standards.
This course is designed for in-person study, and students are strongly recommended to attend lectures, tutorials and labs on campus. In particular, some assessment items or practical hands-on labs will require in-person attendance, although exceptions can be made under special circumstances.
Queries about any such exceptions can be sent to email@example.com.
Withdrawal from Course
Withdrawal dates and process:
James Quilty (Coordinator)
- 04 886 5329
- AM 228 Alan Macdiarmid Building, Gate 7, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn
- 04 886 3685
- CO 365 Cotton Building (All Blocks), Gate 7, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn
Dr Marco Servetto
- 04 463 5820
- CO 258 Cotton Building (All Blocks), Gate 7, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn
AProf Thomas Kuehne
- 04 463 5443
- CO 233 Cotton Building (All Blocks), Gate 7, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn
This course will be offered in-person. It will also be possible to take the course entirely online for those unable to attend campus, with components made available online.
There will be weekly lectures and individual assignments during whole course. The assignments will build on the material presented in lectures.
Dates (trimester, teaching & break dates)
- Teaching: 27 February 2023 - 02 June 2023
- Break: 10 April 2023 - 23 April 2023
- Study period: 05 June 2023 - 08 June 2023
- Exam period: 09 June 2023 - 24 June 2023
Set Texts and Recommended Readings
There are no required texts for this offering.
Mandatory Course Requirements
There are no mandatory course requirements for this course.
If you believe that exceptional circumstances may prevent you from meeting the mandatory course requirements, contact the Course Coordinator for advice as soon as possible.
|Assessment Item||Due Date or Test Date||CLO(s)||Percentage|
|Assignment 1||27-03-2023||CLO: 1,2,3,4,5||20%|
|Assignment 2||10-04-2023||CLO: 4,5||10%|
|Assignment 3||08-05-2023||CLO: 4,5||10%|
|Assignment 4||22-05-2023||CLO: 4,5||10%|
|Final test||Assessment Period||CLO: 1,2,3,4,5||50%|
Late submissions will incur an automatic penalty of 10% of the final mark per day. Submission between 0 and 24 hours late will be counted as one day late; those betwee 24 and 48 hours late will be counted as two dates late, etc. Any request for an extension must be made to the lecturer in charge prior to the due date.
LATE DAYS POLICY (for Assignments). Each student will have three "late days" which you may choose to use for any assignment or assignments during the course. There will be no penalty applied for these late days. You do not need to apply for these, instead any late days you have left will be automatically applied to assignments that you submit late.
Individual extensions will only be granted in exceptional personal circumstances, and should be negotiated with the course coordinator before the deadline whenever possible. Documentation (eg, medical certificate) may be requested.
Submission & Return
All work is submitted through the ECS submission system, accessible through the course web pages. Marks and comments will be returned through the ECS marking system, also available through the course web pages.
Student submitted work may be used during the formal Engineering NZ re-accreditation visit to VUW scheduled for 2024, as part of the evaluation process for the programme.
Although the workload will vary from week to week, you should expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week on the course to give a total of 150 hours study time for the course.
Communication of Additional Information
All online material for this course can be accessed at https://ecs.wgtn.ac.nz/Courses/SWEN326_2023T1/
Links to General Course Information
- Academic Integrity and Plagiarism: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/students/support/student-interest-and-conflict-resolution/academic-integrity
- Academic Progress: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/students/study/progress/academic-progess (including restrictions and non-engagement)
- Dates and deadlines: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/students/study/dates
- Grades: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/students/study/progress/grades
- Special passes: Refer to the Assessment Handbook, at https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/documents/policy/staff-policy/assessment-handbook.pdf
- Statutes and policies, e.g. Student Conduct Statute: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/about/governance/strategy
- Student support: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/students/support
- Students with disabilities: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/st_services/disability/
- Student Charter: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/learning-teaching/learning-partnerships/student-charter
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- Terms and Conditions: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/study/apply-enrol/terms-conditions/student-contract
- Turnitin: http://www.cad.vuw.ac.nz/wiki/index.php/Turnitin
- University structure: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/about/governance/structure
- The Use of Te Reo Māori for Assessment Policy:
Victoria University values te reo Māori. Students who wish to submit any of their assessments in te reo Māori must refer to The Use of Te Reo Māori for Assessment Policy
He mea nui te reo Māori ki te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika. Ki te pīrangi koe ki te tuhituhi i ō aro matawai i roto i te reo Māori, tēnā me mātua whakapā atu ki te kaupapa here, The Use of Te Reo Māori for Assessment Policy
- VUWSA: http://www.vuwsa.org.nz
Offering CRN: 30042
Prerequisites: NWEN 241, SWEN 225 (or 222)
Duration: 27 February 2023 - 25 June 2023
Starts: Trimester 1