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: 03.03.2022 - 26.05.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    Assignments and lectures.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Topics covered in the course:

    Introduction and the basic concepts of safety management
    Basic concepts: From human to organizational factors
    Accident models and organizational accidents
    o Traditional (Swiss cheese model, domino, HazOP, FTA, FMEA)
    o Modern (AcciMap, FRAM, STAMP) 
    Accident cases 
    Safety leadership and organizational learning 
    Safety culture
    The basic principles of safety management 
    Tools of safety management I 
    Future challenges of safety management

    Safety Engineering
    o System Safety Engineering
    o Resilience Engineering

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring IV-V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.