Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. apply discipline knowledge, principles and concepts to evaluate potential solutions to manage risk
  2. think critically, creatively and reflectively in the area of process systems and risk management
  3. communicate effectively while solving risk management problems
  4. reflect on the development of skills (professional practice).
  • Topics

    • The motivation: Major Accidents
    • Risk and Risk Management
    • System, Function and Failure
    • Risk Identification: Plant Hazards
    • Risk Identification: Human Factors and Safety Culture
    • Risk Analysis: Consequences
    • Risk Analysis: Likelihood
    • Risk evaluation and risk treatment 1
    • Risk evaluation and risk treatment 2
    • Managing safety during operations
    • Managing safety during operations
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials

      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Quizzes

In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:

Core
  • CUR-COE-MAS-2018
  • CUR-COE-GDI-2018
  • CUR-COE-GCE-2018
Elective
  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2018

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces students to the practice of process safety and risk management as it is performed in the process engineering sector. Fundamental risk and process safety concepts are discussed, and many historical accident scenarios are reviewed to help students gain an appreciation for the complexities involved in managing risks in the process industries. Students assess measures of risk, as well as social issues of risk perception. Risk management across the life cycle of a process system is explored, in conjunction with inherently safer design principles. Key methods around hazard identification, consequence modelling and likelihood estimation, as precursors for estimating risk, are thoroughly examined as a central part of process safety and risk management practice. Broader issues around process safety management systems, human factors, complex systems, resilience engineering and regulatory matters are also considered. This subject uses a problem-based learning framework and develops systems thinking skills.

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  • Pamphlet Present and Group Int (40%)
  • Written assignment & task (20%)
  • Group Risk Assessment Report (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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