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Module Title
Safety, Risk and Reliability Management
Reference EN4801 Version 5
Created March 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 10
Approved March 2004 SCQF Points 15
Amended September 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To provide the student with the ability to understand risk and safety management, utilise techniques for system reliability assessment, and evaluate strategies for optimising plant availability.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Use techniques for specifying and assessing the safety integrity level of a given system.
2 Identify ways of ensuring safety conforms to the ALARP principle.
3 Identify and assess risk, and explain how risk can be managed.
4 Derive the reliability of a system and evaluate strategies for optimising plant availability.
5 Demonstrate ability in using risk and reliability concepts by conducting a risk and reliability assessment, and provide critical analysis and recommendations.

Indicative Module Content
Causes and outcomes of industrial accidents. Role of design and management. Failure prediction and uncertainty of data. Safety life cycle. Hazard identification and control, HAZOP, Fault Tree and FMEA analysis. ALARP principle. Safety integrity levels, Human factors, Corporate responsibility, safety culture, management issues. Assessment techniques for system reliability. Design for reliability. Redundancy and standby systems. Maintenance and repair strategies.

Module Delivery
This is a lecture-based course supplemented with tutorials and student-centred learning.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 40 40
Non-Contact Hours 110 110
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 30% Outcomes Assessed: 5
Description: Coursework which will be a risk and reliability assessment study, assessed by the submission of a report.
Component 2
Type: Examination Weighting: 70% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: Closed book examination.

Explanatory Text
In order to pass the module students must achieve at least a grade D overall AND a minimum of 35% in the examination and coursework.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% and above
B 60-69%
C 50-59%
D 40-49%
E 35-39%
F 34% and below
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 LEITCH, R.D., 1995. Reliability Analysis for Engineers: An Introduction. Oxford:Open University Press.
2 STOREY, N., 1996. Safety-Critical Computer Systems, Harlow:Addison-Wesley.

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781