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AMME5104: Applied Safety Systems and Risk Analysis (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AMME5104: Applied 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 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: ENGG5103.
Brief Handbook Description: AMME5104 aims to extend the knowledge and skills of students who have completed the prerequisite unit of study, "ENGG5103 - Safety Systems and Risk Analysis"; building on the foundation material introduced in that unit of study. The effective management of workplace safety systems using Australian/New Zealand standards AS/NZS 4801/4804 is discussed and applied to typical engineering scenarios; some common international approaches and systems are also covered, though to a smaller extent. Processes and procedures related to the creation of risk assessments and analyses are explored, as related to common engineering disciplines. Systems and processes used to perform Hazard and Operability (Hazop) studies are introduced, alongside computational probability based risk quantification procedures. Methods to audit and monitor the performance of safety management systems are discussed, with a focus on the use of lead indicators. Various incident investigation techniques are examined, in conjunction with safety auditing systems. The classification and management of hazardous materials is addressed, with reference to legislative requirements. The importance of a positive workplace safety culture, and issues related to human factors in safety management are also studied and techniques to promote a strong safety culture explored. The unit of study incorporates the use of various real world case studies, from a variety of different engineering disciplines.
Assumed Knowledge: Knowledge of basic safety systems
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Lecturer/s: Dr Fiford, Rod
Timetable: AMME5104 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 E-Learning 1.00 1 13
4 Independent Study 2.00 1 13

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
Quantitative risk analysis (1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
Specialisation in Safety Risk Analysis (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
Written reports, class and online discussion
Independent research, investigation of case studies etc.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
Teamwork in tutorial sessions and some assessment tasks (7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
WHS responsibilities, Ethics (8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

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.

(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4)
1. Ability to make informed decisions based on advanced risk analysis processes.
2. Advanced understanding of human factors and their impact on safety management processes.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
3. Ability to undertake team based discussions within class and online in discussion/collaboration forums.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
4. Ability to write effective technical engineering reports related to safety systems and risk analysis.
5. Ability to independently source information related to legislative requirements, industry codes of practice etc.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
6. Advanced knowledge and understanding of safety and risk management systems.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
7. Advanced application of quantitative risk analysis processes and techniques.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 International safety management standards* No 15.00 Week 4 (Friday, 2 pm) 1, 2, 4, 5, 6,
2 Risk assessment & Safe Work Procedure Analysis* Yes 20.00 Week 8 (Friday, 2 pm) 1, 3, 4, 5, 6,
3 Industrial safety management case study* No 25.00 Week 12 (Friday, 2 pm) 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7,
4 Active participation in class and online No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7,
5 Examination # No 35.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 4, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: * Indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration

# Students are required to pass (50%) the final written examination in order to pass the unit.

1 International standards to manage safety - report investigating a non Australian system of standards used to manage safety.

2 Extensive risk assessment and other safety documentation such as Safe Work Procedures etc for a given industrial safety scenario.

3 Industrial safety management case study related to improving legislative compliance of hypothetical industrial scenario

4 Individual ACTIVE participation in class and online discussions

5 Closed book examination potentially covering all course material (approved calculators allowed but not laptop, tablet, phone etc.)


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. Written work submitted after the due date/time will be considered to have been submitted late. For every calendar day up to and including ten calendar days after the due date, a penalty of 5% of the maximum awardable marks will be applied to late work. The penalty will be calculated by first marking the work, and then subtracting 5% of the maximum awardable mark for each calendar day after the due date. For work submitted more than ten calendar days after the due date a mark of zero will be awarded.

3. Text based similarity detecting software (Turnitin) will be used for all text-based written assignments.
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.
Special Conditions to Pass UoS Students are required to pass the final written examination in order to pass the unit. Otherwise a maximum result of 45% will be awarded.
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.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture/Tutorial: Course introduction and background, revision of ENGG5103
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Legislative requirements including some international systems and standards.
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: Advanced risk assessment/analysis techniques
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial: Safety implementation, JSA, SWMS and other procedures.
Assessment Due: International safety management standards*
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: Failure modes and effects analysis, fault tree analysis
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial: Hazardous materials and processes
Week 7 Lecture/Tutorial: Human factors - ergonomics
Week 8 Lecture/Tutorial: Hazard and operability processes (HAZOPS)
Assessment Due: Risk assessment & Safe Work Procedure Analysis*
Week 9 Lecture/Tutorial: Incident investigation and review
Week 10 Safety and reliability of engineering processes.
Week 11 Lecture/Tutorial: Monitoring, auditing and control of safety systems and processes
Week 12 Lecture/Tutorial: The importance of positive safety cultures within work places
Assessment Due: Industrial safety management case study*
Week 13 Lecture/Tutorial: Course revision, exam preparation
Exam Period Assessment Due: 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 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4) Yes 32.5%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) Yes 7.5%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) Yes 31.75%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 15.75%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 12.5%

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.