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Course Overview

The aim of this course is to understand and be able to carry out probabilistic modelling of uncertainty in engineering components and systems. Students will be able to obtain a good knowledge and understanding on random variables in probabilistic analysis and be able to carry out approximation and numerical schemes on components and systems.

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 Srinivas Sriarmula

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Course Description

The course focuses on advanced modelling of random variables. All 3 levels of modelling are discussed with

emphasis on FORM and simulations. Extensive tutorials are provided to help students to obtain a good understanding of the subject.

The following modules will be covered in the course:

1. Convolution integral

2. First-order reliability methods (FORM).

3. FORM for non-normal variables.

4. Correlated variables.

5. Monte Carlo simulation techniques.

6. Safety factors in engineering design.

7. Introduction to systems analysis.

Further Information & Notes

For students studying for the MSc in Safety and Reliability Engineering for Oil and Gas and MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering

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: Continuous assessment (20%) and one 3 hour written examination (80%).

Resit: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

There are no assessments for this course.


A whole-class feedback is provided via MyAberdeen. Students are encouraged to contact the course coordinator for individual feedback. 

Course Learning Outcomes


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