Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Students learn the most essential general properties of dynamic and complex safety
critical systems. The course specifies the problems and development challenges related to managing safety critical systems and deals with the central theoretical approaches to analyzing and developing them. During the course several accident cases are reviewed from the point of view of what they have taught us about safety critical organizations and how to investigate incidents in safety critical systems.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 04.03.2021 - 24.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Osiris Valdez Banda

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Osiris Valdez Banda

Contact information for the course (valid 03.02.2021-21.12.2112):

2020-2021 Spring IV-V

Teacher-in-Charge: Osiris A.
Valdez Banda

without an Aalto ID:
Reiman (Lecturer)

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Human, technical and organizational factors, safety and accident models, new safety
    paradigms, leadership, safety management and safety culture. The course also illustrates the different approaches of managing safety as well as the different types of safety present in modern complex systems.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assignments and lectures.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 22 h, assignment 20 h, individual work 93 h


Study Material
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Glendon, A.I. & Clarke, S.G. (2016).
    Human safety and risk management. Third edition. Boca Raton: CRC Press.;
    Reiman, T. & Oedewald, P. (2008).
    Turvallisuuskriittiset organisaatiot Onnettomuudet, kulttuuri ja
    johtaminen. Helsinki: Edita; Leveson, N. (2011) Engineering a safer world.
    The MIT Press; Hollnagel, E., Paries, J., Woods, D., Wreathall, J.
    (2011) Resilience Engineering in Practice: A guide book. Ashgate.


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Thursdays from 4.3.2021 - 24.5.2021 at 16:15-18:00