Studying online

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Unit Overview


This unit develops students' technical and statistical skills in risk and reliability and also covers the social and organisational contexts which are so important in ensuring that products and services are designed, constructed and operated safely and reliably. The unit is taught with all the engineering disciplines in one class to reinforce the need for cross-discipline collaboration in risk and safety management.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) use appropriate tools to quantify risk and uncertainty; (2) select appropriate risk identification approaches; (3) use specific risk evaluation tools and models; (4) identify risk and safety controls; and (5) calculate standard reliability metrics.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) weekly statistical and engineering quizzes; (2) test; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Cristina Vulpe and Dr Gopalan Nair
Unit rules
Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering
or 62510 Master of Information Technology
or 62520 Master of Low Emission Energy Technologies
or 62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy
or 73660 Master of Medical Physics

Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and Successful completion of
120 Points and ( MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
or MATX1011 Multivariable Calculus
and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
or MATX1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Advisable prior study
For postgraduate students: completion of 24 points of Level 4/5 units
and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hour per week
practical classes: 1 hour per week
workshops: 3 hours per week

Mohammad  Modarres, Mark P.  Kaminskiy, Vasiliy  Krivtsov (2017). Reliability Engineering and Risk Analysis: A Practical Guide, Third Edition. 

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.