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Safety Management Systems - COM00050M

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Richard Hawkins
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2023-24

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

  • To provide students with an awareness of the issues associated with conducting technical safety activities within an organisational and regulatory environment
  • To develop skills at applying theoretical safety engineering knowledge in situations constrained by available education, resources and organisational culture

Module learning outcomes

  • Discuss the evolution of regulatory and legal context for safety
  • Discuss the relationship between business and safety risk management
  • Evaluate the role of organisational structure in safety performance
  • Differentiate between safety management system documentation and safety management systems
  • List the key activities covered by a safety management system
  • Discuss the role of Philosophy, policy, procedure and practice in a safety management system
  • Characterise the safety culture of an organisation
  • Prepare a work breakdown structure for a safety programme
  • Estimate cost and time for safety activities
  • Appraise a safety management proposal for practicality
  • Describe the requirements for safety competency management
  • Explain the relationship between safety competency and engineering ethics
  • Design a suite of metrics for a safety programme
  • Differentiate between proactive and reactive safety activities
  • Discuss the state of the art and future directions in safety management


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 written feedback is provided via the online feedback system.

Indicative reading

** Nancy Leveson, Engineering a Safer World, MIT Press, 2012

** South Shields Committee, Report of the South Shields Committee, Longman, 1843

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