High Integrity Systems Engineering

Subject SWEN90010 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours, comprising of two one-hour lectures and one 1-hour workshop per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


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Not offered in 2013



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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Email: tmiller@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

High integrity systems are systems that must be engineered to a high level of dependability, that is, a high level of safety, security, reliability and performance. In this subject students will explore the aims, principles, techniques and tools that are used to analyse, design and implement dependable systems. Topics include: an introduction to dependable systems; testing methods for dependable systems; fault tolerant systems; safety critical systems; and validating dependable systems.


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Classify the characteristics of a dependable system and identify these characteristics in domains
  • Apply advanced testing methods to the validation and measurement of system properties
  • Apply a range of techniques to the analysis, design and validation of high integrity systems

  • Project work during semester, expected to take about 36 hours (50%)
  • 2-hour examination held in the examination period (50%)

To pass the subject, students must obtain at least:

  • 25/50 in project work,
  • And 25/50 in the written examination
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have the:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance Proficiency in engineering design
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and a commitment to them
Related Course(s): Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Ph.D.- Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Software Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Software)

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