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ENGG5103: Safety Systems & Risk Analysis (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ENGG5103: Safety Systems and Risk Analysis (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 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: To develop an understanding of principles of safety systems management and risk management, as applied to engineering systems. AS/NZS 4801:2001 & 4804:2001 form the foundation for teaching methods of developing, implementing, monitoring and improving a safety management system in an Engineering context.

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.

Students are introduced to a variety of risk management approaches used by industry, and methods to quantify and estimate the consequences and probabilities of risks occurring, as applied to realistic industrial scenarios.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Fiford, Rod
Timetable: ENGG5103 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
3 Independent Study 4.00
T&L Activities: One 2-hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial per week.

Virtual learning environment task.

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.

Unassigned Outcomes
1. To understand, influence and incorporate the concept of safety and quality management systems and AS/NZS/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.
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
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
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 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
2 Hazard identification / risk assessment task* Yes 5.00 Week 7 1, 2, 3,
3 Safety management system plan* Yes 20.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
4 Immersive learning VR task* Yes 5.00 Week 11 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
5 Incident investigation exercise/report* Yes 10.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
6 Final examination# No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: * Indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration

# Students must obtain a 50% grade in the exam to pass the unit of study and will be awarded a maximum mark of 45 FA for the unit if they do not.

1: Case study written report - case study analyzing failures of safety systems in a major industrial incident

3: Safety management plan - group (1-3) task to write safety plan to manage safety system at a hypothetical place of work

5: Incident investigation exercise - group task (1-3) to develop report investigating a hypothetical workplace incident

6: Two hour closed book exam

In Class Assessments.

2: Hazard identification / risk assessment task - small groups (1-4), 90min task performed during tutorial session.

4: Immersive learning VR task - group task (1-2) risk identification & management task in VR lab


1. There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.

2. Late penalties are generally 5% (of the maximum attainable mark per day including weekends) and are indicated on each assessment task handout.

3. Text based similarity detecting software (Turnitin) will be used for all text-based written assignments, students must use appropriate referencing when using source material.
Assessment Feedback: Feedback will aim to be generated and returned within 10 working days of the task due date.
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.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: All material will be posted via e-learning page.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to course, what is an accident and are all accidents preventable?
Week 2 How do accidents happen / introduction to hazard and risk management procedures
Week 3 2011 NSW WHS Act & AS/NZ Standards for safety systems and risk management
Week 4 Decision making & human factors.
Week 5 Safety management planning, benchmarking
Assessment Due: Case study report*
Week 6 Major hazards legislation and management
Week 7 Commonly used hazard and risk management approaches
Assessment Due: Hazard identification / risk assessment task*
Week 8 Auditing safety systems and performing safety inspections
Week 9 Estimating/quantifying consequences and probabilities of incidents
Assessment Due: Safety management system plan*
Week 10 Learning from past incidents, investigation techniques.
Week 11 Risk management approaches in various industries
Assessment Due: Immersive learning VR task*
Week 12 Case studies.
Week 13 Course revision, exam prep.
Assessment Due: Incident investigation exercise/report*
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final examination#

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Aerospace) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Biomedical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Aerospace) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Mechanical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Sustainability and Environmental Engineering) 2021

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.