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Course Overview

The Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis course develops knowledge and understanding of the key concepts in technical safety, risk and reliability used in engineering.

The course introduces general risk assessment principles and the application of probabilistic risk modelling schemes. Reliability theory and computation are addressed, using recognised engineering industry reliability methods. Students will also be introduced to safety management and human reliability, including safety management systems.

Course Details

Study Type Both Undergraduate & Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Srinivas Sriarmula

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Course Description

The course includes three topic areas. The initial part introduces the students to general risk assessment principles, focussing on some of the qualitative and quantitative techniques. Appropriate training on the application of probabilistic modelling schemes would be provided.
The second part of the course focusses on reliability computations based on 'physics of failure' approach, covering problem formulation and the use of structural reliability methods such as FORM and Monte Carlo simulations.
The third main topic is an introduction to safety management and human reliability, including safety management systems.

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: 3 hour written examination (80%)
Continuous assessment (20%) mark is to be taken from the first attempt

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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