ENGG7020 Systems Safety Engineering
Assignment 3: Literature review
Semester 2, 2018
§ To gain knowledge of leading research findings into approaches that can be used to improve the safety of safety-critical systems.
§ To develop skills in literature reviews and preparing written reports.
Prepare a 2000-2500 word review recent research that describes how system safety can be improved with the adoption of new or enhanced approaches that focus on ONE of the following areas:
§ Inherently safe design.
§ Defence in depth.
§ Human factors.
§ Management and governance systems. (e)
You must choose a different topic and use different sources from the one you selected for Assignment
1. Alternative topic areas can be negotiated with the course coordinator.
The report must include the following sections:
§ Introduction explaining purpose of report.
§ Description of research and approaches advocated to improve system safety.
§ Application – at least one example of where the approaches has been applied.
§ Critique of the research and approaches.
§ Recommendations that industry practitioners should consider when choosing whether to apply the approach.
All sources of information must be clearly referenced. Evidence of both breadth and depth of reading is expected in the report. At least one published article or book chapter should be cited for each of the 3-4 techniques on which you focus. Full bibliographic references must be given for each paper.
Due Friday 26th October, 2018 at 4pm. Late assignment will attract a penalty as per ECP details. All written submission will be submitted through TurnItIn.
NOTE: This is an INDIVIDUAL assignment. No two assignments should be the same and TurnItIn will be checking for similarities between assignments. You are encouraged to read the UQ Student Integrity and Misconduct policy (http://ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/3.60.04–student–integrity–andmisconduct) which makes a comprehensive statement about the University’s approach to plagiarism, including the approved use of plagiarism detection software, the consequences of plagiarism and the principles associated with preventing plagiarism.
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This assignment is worth 20% of the overall grade for this course. It will be marked out of 25 marks as per the breakdown is indicated below and then converted to a percentage.
Presentation (3 marks):
Readability, layout, structure, spelling, grammar.
Highly professional report
Consistently high standard of presentation
Good presentation with some presentation faults
Poorly prepared work with major presentation faults
Description of techniques (7 marks):
Sufficient description of the techniques to be readily understood.
Excellent summary of the relevant techniques; concise & to the point; showing depth of understanding
Good descriptions of techniques; showing depth of understanding
Good descriptions of techniques
Generally good description of techniques with significant deficiencies
Seriously inadequate description of techniques
Description of the situations to which the technique is best suited, and/or situations where it is not suitable (5 marks):
The appropriate use of the techniques is clearly articulated.
Excellent summary of the appropriate scope of use of the techniques described (such as problem domain, life-cycle phase, expertise required); excellent coverage of issues; clear & to the point
Good descriptions of appropriate scope; excellent coverage of issues
Good descriptions of appropriate scope
Generally good description of factors with significant deficiencies
Seriously inadequate discussion of suitability of techniques
Description of applications of the techniques (5 marks):
Examples are given of systems to which the techniques have been applied, with lessons learned.
For each technique, brief description of at least one system to which the technique has been applied; the systems are described in sufficient detail to illustrate how safety assurance was improved by the technique; excellent coverage of issues encountered in applying the techniques; clear & to the point
Good discussion of applications of the techniques; excellent coverage of issues
Good discussion of applications of the techniques
Generally good discussion of applications of the techniques, but with significant deficiencies
Seriously inadequate discussion of applications of the techniques
Use of references (5 marks):
Breadth and depth of reading clearly demonstrated through use of references and citations
Excellent use of citations to support lit review; full
bibliographic details given, in appropriate format; evidence of breadth and depth of reading clear
Good use of references; evidence of breadth and depth of reading clear
Good use of references
Significant deficiencies in use of references and/or no evidence of depth of reading
Seriously inadequate evidence of use of references