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Hazard & Risk Assessment - COM00025M

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Oleg Lisagor
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

This module teaches systematic approaches to hazard identification and risk assessment, including principles of risk reduction and ALARP. It effectively covers the first half of the safety process in the system development lifecycle. It encompasses predictive, target-setting techniques and should ideally be taken as a pair with System Safety Assessment, which addresses concepts and techniques appropriate to the later stages of a development project.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of the principles of hazard identification and assessment throughout the lifecycle of a system or service.

  • Apply techniques such as Functional Failure Analysis and HAZOP and understand their limitations.

  • Describe and evaluate approaches to risk reduction.

  • Account for and reflect upon common cause / common mode failure mechanisms, and their importance.


Task Length % of module mark
Open Assessment
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Open Assessment
N/A 100

Module feedback

Individual feedback is provided via the online feedback system. There will be structured feedback showing how your answers achieved the specific points we were looking for in the marking scheme, and additional comments may be provided where required.

Indicative reading

* Ostrom, L.T. and Wilhelmsen, C.A.,, Risk Assessment, Wiley, 2012

++ Kletz, T., HAZOP and HAZAN: Identifying and Assessing Process Industry Hazards, Institution of Chemical Engineers, 1992

++ Ericson, C.A., Hazard Analysis Techniques for System Safety, Wiley, 2005

++ Stephans, R.A. and Talso W.W., System Safety Analysis Handbook (2nd Ed), System Safety Society, 1997

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