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Unit of study_

AMME5104: Applied Safety Systems and Risk Analysis

AMME5104 aims to extend the knowledge and skills of students who have completed the prerequisite unit of study, "ENGG5103 - Safety Systems and Risk Analysis"; building on the foundation material introduced in that unit of study. The effective management of workplace safety systems using Australian/New Zealand standards AS/NZS 4801/4804 is discussed and applied to typical engineering scenarios; some common international approaches and systems are also covered, though to a smaller extent. Processes and procedures related to the creation of risk assessments and analyses are explored, as related to common engineering disciplines. Systems and processes used to perform Hazard and Operability (Hazop) studies are introduced, alongside computational probability based risk quantification procedures. Methods to audit and monitor the performance of safety management systems are discussed, with a focus on the use of lead indicators. Various incident investigation techniques are examined, in conjunction with safety auditing systems. The classification and management of hazardous materials is addressed, with reference to legislative requirements. The importance of a positive workplace safety culture, and issues related to human factors in safety management are also studied and techniques to promote a strong safety culture explored. The unit of study incorporates the use of various real world case studies, from a variety of different engineering disciplines.


Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Unit code AMME5104
Unit name Applied Safety Systems and Risk Analysis
Session, year
Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

ENGG5103. Knowledge of basic safety systems.
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Rod Fiford,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home extended release) Type E final exam hurdle task Examination
48 hour take home exam. Students must pass the exam (50%) to pass the unit.
30% Formal exam period 48 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO4 LO2
Assignment International safety management standards report
25% Week 04
Due date: 18 Sep 2020
See Canvas assignment description
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Risk assessment and safe work procedure analysis
20% Week 08
Due date: 23 Oct 2020
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3
Assignment Industrial safety management case study
Industrial safety management case study
25% Week 12
Due date: 20 Nov 2020
See Canvas assignment
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type E final exam = Type E final exam ?

- International safety management standards report: written report that researchs, analyses and discusses Australian and international standards to manage safety systems

- Industrial safety management case study: written report that examines an Australian case study of the student’s choice in industrial safety management, including failures in the system and means to prevent repeat failures.

- Risk assessment and safe work procedure analysis: detailed risk assessment and associate safe work processes analysis for a case study industry chosen by the student

- Formal open book exam: 48 hour take home exam. Students must pass the exam (50%) to pass the unit. Examination potentially covers all or any aspects of the unit.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

5% per day. Exam must be passed to pass the unit of study.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Course introduction and background, revision of ENGG5103 Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO6
Week 02 Legislative requirements including some international systems and standards Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO5 LO6
Week 03 Advanced risk assessment/analysis techniques Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 04 Safety implementation, JSA, SWMS and other procedures Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 05 Failure modes and effects analysis, fault tree analysis Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 06 Hazardous materials and processes Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 07 Human factors - ergonomics Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2 LO5
Week 08 Hazard and operability processes (HAZOPS) Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Incident investigation and review Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 10 Safety and reliability of engineering processes Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 11 Monitoring, auditing and control of safety systems and processes Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2 LO4 LO6
Week 12 The importance of positive safety cultures within work places Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2 LO3

Attendance and class requirements

Students are expected to undertake significant self study and research.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. make informed decisions based on advanced risk analysis processes
  • LO2. understand human factors and their impact on safety management processes
  • LO3. undertake team based discussions within class and online in discussion/collaboration forums
  • LO4. write effective technical engineering reports related to safety systems and risk analysis
  • LO5. independently source information related to legislative requirements, industry codes of practice etc
  • LO6. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of safety and risk management systems
  • LO7. apply quantitative risk analysis processes and techniques.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

Students must pass the exam (50% or above) to pass the unit.


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