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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

Risk assessment, the common tools used for (and the legal requirement associated with) risk assessment are covered. Students will have a thorough understanding on the components of good assessment and management of risks, and be familiar with the basic requirement for HAZID, HAZOP, SIL, QRA and the Safety Case.

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 Henry Tan

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Course Description

The following modules will be covered in the course:
- Levels of risk assessment
- Assessment tools and legal context
- Hazard Identification Study (HAZID) and Hazard and Operability Study (HAZOP)
- Safety management systems
- Safety integrity levels (SIL)
- Safety Case and Legislative requirement
- Quantified risk assessment.

Using MyAberdeen, students will be able to view weekly lectures, access associated materials and undertake on-line tutorials (content comprises approximately 2 hours of timetabled lectures and 1 hour of tutorials per week, totalling 36 hours per session).

Further Information & Notes

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

EG5558 is the course code for the campus version

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 hour examination (80%); continuous assessment (20%).

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.


Whole-class feedback will be provided for both coursework assignments and tutorial questions via feedback sessions (campus-based students) and via MyAberdeen (distance learning students).  Model answers and marking schemes are provided for selected coursework, tutorial questions and past exam papers. Discussion boards on MyAberdeen are employed for both general queries and specific difficulties associated with problem solving and exam preparation.

Course Learning Outcomes


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