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Course Overview

The need for structural reliability analysis in modern offshore engineering arises from the imperative to control and manage risk of failure. However, to be able to do so it is first necessary to measure and quantify the risk. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to structural reliability starting from the underlying principles of statistics and probability, through structural reliability concepts and methods, to practical applications to complex offshore structural systems. The theoretical concepts are amply illustrated by worked examples and numerous tutorial problems and assignments will enable students to gain confidence in their use.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Piotr Omenzetter

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Engineering (EG) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course is delivered in 8 major blocks as follows:

1. Statistics

2. Probability

3. Introduction to Structural Reliability Theory

4. Reliability analysis methods 1

5. Reliability analysis methods 2

6. Application of Structural Reliability to Offshore Structures

This course is delivered by Online Learning, where the students will access the teaching content via the web in 4 blocks at approximately 3 week intervals for self-directed study.

The course tutor will have scheduled times to answer queries on the on-line forum.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: 3 coursework assignments (10%, 20% and 20%) and one two hour exam (50%).

Re-sit – The re-sit will comprise of re-doing the failed element/s (exam and/or coursework assessment/s) from the 1st attempt with a maximum CGS mark of D3. The marks for other elements (successfully passed) will be carried over. Resit mark of either RP or RF will be recorded.


Formative Assessment

Three coursework assignments (10%, 20% and 20%).


Model answers for coursework and the mock exams will be available on MyAberdeen to give students the chance to self-assess their own performance. Students will also receive individual written feedback on their coursework on request.

Course Learning Outcomes


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