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GENG5507 Risk, Reliability and Safety

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

For units commencing in May 2022 or later the availability of the supplementary assessment is subject to confirmation.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Melinda Hodkiewicz and Dr Gopalan Nair
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering or the Master of Business and Engineering Asset Management or the Master of Information Technology or the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas or the Master of Renewable and Future Energy. 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 or equivalent.
Advisable prior study:
(MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 and MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2) or (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. 

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