Theory of safety related computer architectures

Module nameTheory of safety related computer architectures
Type of moduleCompulsory
Learning results,
competencies, qualification goals
The student is able to:
  • evaluate and assess model definitions of safety-related computer architectures,
  • derive and analyse reliability and safety parameters for various architecture models.

Learning results with regard to the objectives of the course of study:
  • Gaining deeper insight into the mathematical and natural science areas
  • Gaining a deeper knowledge about the specific electrical basics
  • Acquiring enhanced and applied subject-specific basics
  • Identifying and classifying complex electro-technical and interdisciplinary tasks
  • Being confident in the ability to use and evaluate analytical methods
  • Being able to create and evaluate solving methods independently
  • Familiarising oneself with new areas of knowledge, running searches and assessing the results
  • Gaining important and profound experience in the area of practical technical skills and engineering activities
  • Working and researching in national and international contexts
Types of courses4 SWS (semester periods per week):       2 SWS lecture
                                                                 2 SWS exercise
Course contentsMathematical models of components and systems, functional block and Markov analysis and calculation of given architecture model descriptions, testing and verification processes
Teaching and learning methods
(forms of teaching and learning)
Lecture, presentation, learning by teaching, self-regulated learning, problem-based learning
Frequency of the module offeringWinter term
Requirements for the
participation in the module
Prerequisites according to examination regulations
Student  workload180 h:   60 h attendance studies
             120 h personal studies
Academic performancesNone
Precondition for the
admission to the
examination performance
Examination performanceWritten or oral exam (120 or 40 min.) or a term paper (15-20 pages)
Number of credits
of the module
6 credits
In charge of the moduleProf. Dr. Josef Börcsök
Teacher of the moduleProf. Dr. Josef Börcsök and his co-workers
Forms of mediaProjector, black board, piece of paper, demonstrations and design work at the PC
Literature references
  • Barlow, R. E., Engineering Reliability, ASA.SIAM 1998,
  • Bitter, P., Technische Zuverlässigkeit, Springer 1977
  • Leitch, R. D., Reliability Analysis for Engineers, Oxford Science Publication 1995,
  • Börcsök, J. Electronic Safety Systems, Hüthig 2004 Neumann, P. Computer Related Risk, Addison Wesley 1995,
  • Goble, W., Evaluation Control Systems Reliability, ISA 1992.
  • Lecture notes (script) can be acquired at the beginning of the lecture
  • More reference literature is going to be recommended in the course
  • Kumamoto, H. and Henley, E. J., Probabilistic risk assessment and management for engineers and scientists, 2nd ed. New York: IEEE Press, 1996.
  • Birolini, A., Zuverlässigkeit von Geräten und Systemen. Springer eBook Collection Computer Science and Engineering. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 1997.
  • Birolini, A., Reliability engineering: Theory and practice, 8th edition. New York NY: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2017.
  • Birolini, A., Reliability engineering: Theory and practice /  Alessandro Birolini, 5th ed. Berlin, New York: Springer, 2007.
  • Schnieder, L. and Hosse, R. S., Leitfaden Safety of the Intended Functionality: Verfeinerung der Sicherheit der Sollfunktion auf dem Weg zum autonomen Fahren /  Lars Schnieder, René S. Hosse, Second edition. essentials. Wiesbaden: Springer Vieweg, 2020.
  • Montenegro, S., Sichere und fehlertolerante Steuerungen: Entwicklung sicherheitsrelevanter Systeme. München, Wien: Carl Hanser Verlag, 1999.

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