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AERO5660: Safety Systems Management (2012 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AERO5660: Safety Systems Management (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Fiford, Rod
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: Objective : To develop an understanding and application of principles of safety systems management and risk management when considering engineering systems.

AS/NZS 4801:2001 & 4804:2001 are used as the foundation for developing, implementing, monitoring and improving a safety management system.

Students will be exposed to a number of case studies related to safety systems and on completion of the course be able to develop a safety management plan for an Engineering facility that meets the requirements of NSW legislation and Australian standards for Occupational Health and Safety management systems.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Fiford, Rod
Timetable: AERO5660 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: One 2-hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial per week.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Safety Management Systems and Quality Management Systems Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Independant research associated with technical reports. Information Seeking (Level 3)
Technical Engineering Report. Communication (Level 4)
Auditing Professional Conduct (Level 4)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
1. To understand, influence and incorporate the concept of quality management systems and ISO standards to management systems design
2. To understand and practically apply industry standards and show their fundamental relevance to an effective safety management system.
Professional Conduct (Level 4)
3. The ability to develop and use a systematic method of decision making as applicable to a task or project specification.
4. To develop an appreciation and understanding of the basis of human factors component used in decision making and systems development
Information Seeking (Level 3)
5. To understand and incorporate the concepts of safety management systems and the use of predictive techniques such as risk assessment to justify and develop strategic management systems
Communication (Level 4)
6. Ability to write a concise, technical engineering report based on case study in safety management.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Case study report No 20.00 Week 5 (Thursday, 5 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
2 Case study oral presentation No 5.00 Week 6 (Friday, 1 pm) 2, 3, 5,
3 Safety Audit & Report No 25.00 Week 9 (Friday, 1 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
4 Oral presentation of final Safety Plan No 10.00 Week 13 (Friday, 1 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
5 Safety Management Plan No 40.00 Week 13 (Friday, 5 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Assignment 1: Case study written report

Assignment 2: Case study oral presentation

Assignment 3: Safety audit report

Assignment 4: Safety management plan oral presentation.

Assignment 5: Safety management plan written report.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
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Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Aerospace) 2010, 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2010, 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2010, 2011, 2012

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 37.5%
Professional Conduct (Level 4) Yes 27.75%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 18.75%
Communication (Level 4) Yes 16%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.