Risk Analysis - Methods and Application

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

Objectives

The course provides an introduction to fundamental theory, methods and practice for risk

assessments in the process industries.

 

Content

The course describes fundamental terms, concepts, principles and methods related to risk analysis and risk management in the process industries, such as probability, uncertainty, strength of knowledge, hazard identification, HAZOP, vulnerability, chain of events, accident investigation, frequency analysis, consequence analysis, risk evaluation, risk picture, acceptance criteria, regulations codes and standards (RCS), risk-reducing measures, fire protection, explosion protection, ALARP, fault tree analysis, event tree analysis, cost-benefit analysis, the cautionary principle, the precautionary principle, emergency preparedness, safety culture, risk communication and governance. Practical use of risk assessments will be demonstrated by examples from the process industries.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

 

Knowledge

The student is able to:

  • explain and calculate various measures of probability and uncertainty
  • explain fundamental terms related to risk science
  • explain and calculate various measures of risk
  • illustrate and explain the steps involved in risk analysis, risk assessment and risk management for a system
  • describe selected chains of events for accidents that involve releases of toxic and/or flammable material in the process industries
  • explain principles and methods for risk-reduction related to toxic and/or flammable material in the process industries
  • describe various principles and methods for risk management in the process industries
  • explain terms such as safety culture, emergency preparedness and governance

 

Skills

The student is able to:

  • discuss different definitions of technical terms from risk science
  • discuss advantages and disadvantages with various measures of risk and safety
  • discuss relevant methods for analysing the risk in systems where toxic and/or flammable materials represent a hazard for people, property and/or the environment
  • conduct risk assessments for systems where toxic and/or flammable materials represent a hazard
  • discuss factors and circumstances that contribute to uncertainty in risk assessments
  • distinguish between performance-based and prescriptive approaches to safety
  • describe the risk assessment for a system in a written report (mandatory assignment)
  • give a clear oral presentation of results from risk assessments

 

General competence

The student is able to:

  • understand the use of risk assessments in decision processes
  • evaluate the risk for systems where toxic and/or flammable materials represent a hazard
  • evaluate the strength of knowledge in risk assessments for selected systems in the process industries

Level of Study

Master

Semester of Instruction

Spring. First time spring 2025.

Place of Instruction

Bergen
Required Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
None
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a Master or PhD study program at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Teaching and learning methods

With minimum 10-12 registered students, the teaching will entail team-based learning (TBL) with group work, clarifying lectures, project work and portfolio assessment. With less than 10-12 registered students, the teaching will entail lectures and project work (home assignment). The method for teaching will be determined at the start of the semester.

Lectures/group work: 4 hours per week

Activity: 6-8 weeks, distributed over the semester

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Three mandatory written reports from project work with prescribed content and scope, approved oral presentation of the reports, as well as mandatory peer reviewing of the written reports and oral presentation of other students. Compulsory assignments are valid in two subsequent exam semesters.
Forms of Assessment
Portfolio assessment and oral exam. The oral ecam represents 100% of the total grade.
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, and F is a failing grade
Course Evaluation
Studentane skal evaluere undervisninga i tråd med UiB g instituttet sitt kvalitetssikringssystem.
Examination Support Material
None
Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the

programme and the associated courses.

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Department of Physics and Technology

are administratively responsible for the course.