CSC8201 : The Challenge of Dependable Systems
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Ezhilchelvan
- Lecturer: Dr Stephen Riddle
- Owning School: Computing
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
To introduce the concepts, principles and ethics of dependable systems, including: the notions of security, safety and reliability, the flaws that undermine dependability, the analyses that expose weaknesses, the techniques that can impart resilience, and the arguments that engender trust in a system.
Outline Of Syllabus
1. Components, systems, interfaces, environments, and ethical issues:
trusted vs. trustworthy,
success vs. failure,
safe and secure and reliable.
2. Flaws and weaknesses:
physical deterioration and design inadequacy,
accidental misuse and malicious attack.
3. Concepts and terminology:
faults, errors, failures,
tolerance, resilience, reconfiguration.
4. Hazards and accidents:
safety analysis and integrity levels,
safety culture, management and life-cycle,
risk management and ALARP.
5. Dependability cases:
professional and legal aspects: the safety case and regulation,
arguments, evidence and goal structured notation (GSN),
fault models and hypotheses.
6. Developing critical software:
fault tolerance and self-healing,
testing in all its forms.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||20||1:00||20:00||Lecture follow-up|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||Lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||24||0:30||12:00||Revision for end of semester exam & exam duration|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||12||1:00||12:00||Practicals|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||24||1:00||24:00||Coursework|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||8||1:00||8:00||Background reading|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.
This is a very practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by practical classes. Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled practical classes.
Students aiming for 1st class marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.
Students should set aside sufficient time to revise for the end of semester exam.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||M||10||1000 word essay on analysis techniques|
|Report||1||M||10||Group work. 1,000 words max.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The examination is an appropriate way to assess knowledge of theoretical, including ethical, underpinnings and practical skills tested on small-scale problems. The coursework assessment gives a chance to assess practical skills on a more realistic and open-ended problem.
Study abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the length of the exam may differ from that shown in MOFS.
N.B. This module has both “Exam Assessment” and “Other Assessment” (e.g. coursework). If the total mark for either assessment falls below 40%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 40%.