GENG5507 Risk, Reliability and Safety

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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 quizzes; (2) weekly engineering quizzes; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gopalan Nair
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering
the Master of Business and Engineering Asset Management
the Master of Information Technology
the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy; for pre-2012 courses: MATH1010 Calculus and Linear Algebra
MATH1020 Calculus, Statistics and Probability
MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1
equivalent. This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the course coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science
Advisable prior study:
MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1
MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hour per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; workshops: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]

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

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