CS5032 - Critical Systems Engineering

Academic year

2021 to 2022 (Semester 1)

Key module information

SCOTCAT credits


The Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer (SCOTCAT) system allows credits gained in Scotland to be transferred between institutions. The number of credits associated with a module gives an indication of the amount of learning effort required by the learner. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are half the value of SCOTCAT credits.

SCQF level

SCQF level 11

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Availability restrictions

Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable

To be arranged.

This information is given as indicative. Timetable may change at short notice depending on room availability.

Module Staff

TBC Module coordinator(s): Director of Postgraduate Teaching - Computer Science (dopgt-cs@st-andrews.ac.uk)

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module description

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the concepts and development techniques used for critical, socio-technical systems. When students have completed this module they will: understand the notion of system dependability and the key characteristics of dependable systems; understand the specialised software engineering techniques that may be used to ensure dependable system operation; have practical experience of applying some of these techniques in systems specification, design or implementation.

Relationship to other modules


Undergraduate - before taking this module you must pass CS3099

Assessment pattern

8-hour Take-home Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%


8-hour Take-home Examination = 40%, Existing Coursework = 60%

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact

2hr x 10 weeks lectures, 1hr x 10 weeks discussion

Scheduled learning hours


The number of compulsory student:staff contact hours over the period of the module.

Guided independent study hours


The number of hours that students are expected to invest in independent study over the period of the module.