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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Process Safety (MSc) (PGEE11184)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will introduce students to a framework for Risk Based Process Safety, as defined by the Center for Chemical Process Safety.
Using a set of case studies, including Piper Alpha, Macondo, the Columbia Space Shuttle and Bhopal, the framework will be illustrated and its elements (Commitment to Safety, Understanding Hazard and Risk, Managing Risk and Learning from Experience) will be explored. This will include safety culture, operational safety, quantitative and qualitative methods of risk assessment and hazard identification and reliability.
Throughout the course Concept Maps will be used as a tool in building understanding of the elements of the course.
Course description Topics (with approximate time allocations):
1. Introduction to the Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS) Framework. (1 hour)
2. Introduction to Concept Maps. (1 hour)
3. Introduction to case studies. (2 hours)
4. Further expansion of RBPS, with reference to case studies, considering the elements contributing to:
a. Commitment to Safety (2 hours)
b. Understanding Hazard and Risk (2 hours)
c. Managing Risk including COMAH regulations (2 hours)
d. Learning from Experience (1 hour)
5. Risk Assessment Methods:
a. Review of HAZOP, What If and Failure Modes and Effects analysis (2 hours)
b. Bowtie Analysis and application to case studies (2 hours)
c. Layers of Protection Analysis, risk graphs (1 hour)
d. Reliability, trips, relief (2 hours)
6. Process Safety in the Workplace, responsibilities of the engineer.
All topics will include in-class discussion and exercises as well as self-learning materials.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 100%
Feedback Self-learning materials will be supported by office hours. In class discussion and exercises will also provide formative feedback opportunities.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the main elements of a process safety management system.
  2. Recognise the features of a good safety culture in an organisation
  3. Apply risk assessment techniques to engineering systems.
  4. Use concept maps to illustrate complex ideas.
Reading List
Introduction to Process Safety for Undergraduates and Engineers, CCPS, Wiley, 2016.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsProcess Safety,Risk
Course organiserDr Dimitri Mignard
Course secretaryMrs Shona Barnet
Tel: (0131 6)51 7715
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