This module can only be taken as part of the Systems Engineering MSc 

Preparing you to specify dependability and resilience characteristics of systems, and to assess the dependability and resilience of system proposals and implementations as part of the verification and validation review of systems, and as part of the management of existing systems.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:


  • Apply systems thinking knowledge to articulate the dependability and resilience issues associated with particular systems.
  • Analyse the cost, availability and effectiveness of systems given given characteristics of the elements and specify the characteristics of the system elements to provide intended system attributes.
  • Evaluate the contribution of the systems engineering processes and methods to the achievement of dependable and resilient systems.
  • Plan and evaluate the systems engineering methods required to provide dependable and resilient systems.
  • Analyse complex systems properties that enable dependability and resilience to ensure they are appropriately addressed across the life-cycle.

Core content

Unit 1: Foundational concepts

• The concepts of function, failure, fault and defect in the context of reliability, maintenance, maintainability, availability and resilience
• Relationship of availability, reliability and maintainability and systems engineering
• Contracting for availability, reliability and maintainability
• Maintenance strategies to support dependability
• Overview of schools of thought in resilience

Unit 2: Analysis of reliability, maintainability and availability

• Mechanisms of failure and their mathematical description
• Concepts and introductory analysis of:
• Fault Tree Analysis
• Redundancy
• Corrective and preventive maintenance
• Maintenance strategies to provide equipment repair, overhaul and Through Life Support
• Logistic Support and Support Chain
• Integrated Logistic Support process
• Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis
• Level of Repair Analysis
• Health and Usage Monitoring Systems and prognostics

Unit 3: Introduction to resilience

• Overview of resilience
• Relationship of schools of thought in resilience and systems thinking concepts
• Hollnagel; Jackson’s resilience principles; “resilient to …”; managed response to threat
• Distinction between resilience and other disciplines: reliability, security, safety
• The different challenges presented by predicted threat types and unpredicted threat types

Unit 4: Resilience in systems engineering

• Design for resilience through system architecture
• Measurement of resilience: post hoc measures; predictive measures
• Specification for resilience – what needs to be resilient?


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