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Course Overview

The course serves as the entrance to the field of safety and reliability engineering with the introduction of the basic concepts and tools of safety and risk management. Legal frames related to engineering safety are also introduced.

Contents include: Fundamentals of safety engineering; natural and man-made hazards; safety measures; accident and failure statistics; fundamentals of risk management; risk assessment techniques; classical reliability theory; modelling of engineering systems as series and parallel systems; redundancy; fault trees and event trees; availability and maintainability; UK safety legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work Act and its historical, offshore and other regulations.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Waheed Afzal

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme
  • Engineering (EG)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

To have a good understanding on the technical and legislative needs for risk and reliability assessment. Some basic analysis tools. The following modules will be covered in the course: 

1.                   Fundamentals of risk management;

2.                   Classical reliability theory;

3.                   Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA)

4.                   Reliability Block Diagram;

5.                   Fault Tree Analysis;

6.                   Event Tree Analysis;

7.                   Bayesian Network modelling;

8.                   UK safety legislations, including historic development. Health and Safety at Work Act, offshore and other regulations.

Summative Assessments

Coursework (60%)

Coursework (40%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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