ENG09021 2017 Automotive System Safety & Cybersecurity

General Details

Full Title
Automotive System Safety & Cybersecurity
Transcript Title
Automotive System Safety & Cyb
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Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Louise O'Gorman
Programme Membership
SG_ESENS_E09 202000 Postgraduate Certificate in Sensors for Autonomous Vehicles SG_ECONN_M09 202000 Master of Engineering in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles SG_ECONN_M09 202100 Master of Engineering in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles SG_ECONN_O09 202100 Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (PT) SG_ECOFT_O09 202100 Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Introduces students  to “Automotive System Safety and Cybersecurity” and concepts relevant for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Self Driving Cars.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Illustrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the current driver assisted and cyber security related automotive industry standards.


Evaluate the essential end-to-end components of a functional safety system containing electrical, electronic and programmable elements systems.


Articulate an understanding of the taxonomy and definitions for terms related to on-road motor vehicle automated driving systems


Review and investigate the impact of the pertinent Data Protection Regulation on the autonomous vehicle supply chain.


 Design a system capable of incorporating the latest legislative structure and requirements pertaining to certification of Automotive System Safety and cybersecurity.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

A lecture will be provided weekly. Up-to-date reading materials, for example relevant chapters in a

book, will be made available before the lecture with the intended purpose of providing foundation

knowledge for the lecture. Where relevant, further reading in the form of papers and patents will be

available for reading post-lecture.

Evaluation tools, hardware or software as appropriate, will be used during the semester. This will

re-inforce the theoretical learnings from the lectures.

The assessments, one individual and the other group or individual, will be designed in such a way

as to develop life-long skills of the student in the areas of technical writing, literature reviewing and

interaction with the engineering community and with society at large.


Module Assessment Strategies

A terminal exam and continuous assessment in the form of group project work will be used to assess the module. To reinforce the theoretical principles covered in lectures, learners will participate in project work.
Peer assessment will be incorporated into marks awarded for all project work, where possible, to encourage learning, effective planning and sharing of workload. The learner will complete a final exam at the end of the semester. The learner is required to pass the terminal exam.


Repeat Assessments

There will be an opportunity for students to re-sit a terminal exam

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Introduction to the importance of vehicle electronics safety and standards. Examine regulatory frameworks and standards e.g. ISO 26262 and SoTIF.  Study the roles & responsibilities of supply chain; OEM, Tier 1’s, Tier 2’s, etc. (LO 1 & LO3)
  2. Systems engineering in the Automotive Industry: Study the automotive quality lifecycle. Develop a safety plan - , safety case, evidences, supporting processes.  (LO2 & LO3)
  3. Automotive systems design – Study practical examples of redundancy, decomposition, error detection and correction at vehicle, module and circuit level (LO2 & LO4)
  4. Safety analysis methods - Hazard & Risk Analysis, FMEA & FMEDA (LO4)
  5. Functional Safety vs. Safety of the intended function overview (LO2)
  6. Introduction to the relevant legislative structures (LO4 and LO5)
  7. Cybersecurity concepts (LO1 & LO5)
  8. Security engineering in automotive - Security lifecycle, ex. SAE J3061 Automotive threat surfaces (LO4)

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Coursework Continuous Assessment Individual Project 20 % Week 5 1,2,3
2 Coursework Continuous Assessment Group Project 20 % Week 9 4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 End Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % Week 15 1,2,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Synchronous lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 7 Weekly 7.00
Problem Based Learning Not Specified Assignment activity 2 Fortnightly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Independent Learning Not Specified Independant learning 8.5 Weekly 8.50
Lecture Not Specified Online 1 Weekly 1.00
Problem Based Learning Not Specified Assignment activity 1 Fortnightly 0.50
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
20/04/2006 Functional Safety: A Straightforward Guide to Applying IEC 61508 and Related Standards Butterworth- Heinemann

Recommended Reading
20/04/2006 Automotive Cybersecurity: Issues and Vulnerabilities (Transportation Issues, Policies and R&d) Nova Science Publishers

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