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Curriculum Overview

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Total credit hours: 33
(21 technical hours, 12 leadership/best business practice hours)

Total courses: 11
(nine 3-hour courses and two 3-hour capstone course)

Minimum graduation time: 5 semesters
(approximately 18 months)

Program Launched: August, 2010


TECHNICAL CORE

ASEM 610: Introduction to System Safety - Prevention through Design (This introductory course provides an overview and is required in the first semester.)
  • Basics of hazard analysis and risk assessment
  • Design strategies for life cycles and acceptable, residual risk hierarchy
  • Introduction to probabilistic risk analysis and the safety decision hierarchy
  • Techniques for safety audits, gap analyses, and root cause investigation
  • Management’s roles and responsibilities in system safety management plans

ASEM 611: Hazard Analysis and Waste Elimination (techniques covered in class with assigned exercises; quantitative risk assessment matrices are used)

  • Preliminary Hazard List (PHL)
  • Operations and Support Hazard Analysis (O&SHA)
  • Human Design Hazard Analysis (HHA)
  • Software Safety Assessment (SSA)
  • Introduction to Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)

ASEM 612: Engineering Risk – Assessment, Reduction & Liability

  • Decision Trees
  • Event Tree Analysis & Influence Diagrams (utilizing statistical probabilities)
  • Business Impact Analysis (cost-benefit calculations)
  • Sneak Circuit Analysis
  • Hazard and Operability Analysis

ASEM 613: Human Performance and Engineering Design

  • Solid Mechanics (quantitative, with basic calculus concepts) - Newton's Laws, Vector Resolution and Equilibrium Equations
  • Functional anatomy – structure, function and mechanical tolerance
  • Mechanical work capacity
  • Bioinstrumentation for occupational biomechanics
  • Static and dynamic models in occupational biomechanics

 LEADERSHIP AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT CORE

ASEM 614: Crossroad – Engineering Ethics and Acceptable Risk

  • Why professional ethics?
  • Responsibility in safety engineering
  • Conflict resolution
  • Trust and reliability
  • Risk and liability in engineering

ASEM 615: Leading through Climates of Change

  • Drift into Failure Model (J. Rasmussen)
  • Swiss Cheese Model (J. Reason)
  • The 8-Stage Process to Organizational Change (J. Kotter)
  • Auditing Resilience
  • Discussion Board participation

ASEM 616: Policy Issues in Prevention through Design

  • The regulatory rulemaking process
  • Global harmonization of safety regulations
  • Maritime and transportation safety
  • Business practice policies – taxation, insurance & liability
  • Advocacy vs. Lobbying in shaping public policy

ASEM 617: Crisis Leadership and Safety-Critical Design

  • Introduction to business continuity and crisis leadership
  • Business impact analysis
  • Multilateral continuity planning
  • Project initiation and control
  • Marketing protection

EGR 690: Electrical Systems Safety

  • Education on hazards and risks in the context of electrical mishaps
  • Systems safety engineering approach to manage risks associated with electrical mishaps
  • Case studies from manufacturing, utilities, and healthcare

ASEM 619: Capstone Project - Part 1: Development of an Advanced Safety Engineering and Management Plan (This 3-credit class must be taken in the penultimate or final semester of the ASEM graduate track.)

  • The project must demonstrate mastery of all subject material in the ASEM curriculum
  • The project must be directly relevant to the student's own workplace environment
  • Written documents including proposal, outline, schedule and rough draft of ASEM plan and attachments
  • Oral presentations of material to class and faculty

ASEM 620: Capstone Project - Part 2: Development of an Advanced Safety Engineering and Management Plan (This 3-credit class must be taken in the penultimate or final semester of the ASEM graduate track.)

  • The project must demonstrate mastery of all subject material in the ASEM curriculum
  • The project must be directly relevant to the student's own workplace environment
  • Written documents including final draft of ASEM plan and all attachments
  • Oral presentation of completed project highlights to class and faculty