Module Catalogue 2023/24

MAR8107 : Reliability and Integrity Management of Marine Systems

MAR8107 : Reliability and Integrity Management of Marine Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Yongchang Pu
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



A1: To introduce and develop the concepts of risk and reliability and demonstrate how these concepts relate to
integrity management decisions.

A2: To demonstrate how hazards are assessed and quantified using industry recognised techniques of FMECA and

A3: To explain how subsea structures are maintained and inspected.

A4: To deliver structural reliability theory and its application to marine structures.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Introduction to Risk Assessment : Introduction to the concepts of risk including quantitative, semi-
quantitative and qualitative approaches, ALARP criteria, individual and societal risk factors.

2. FMECA and HAZOPS : Use of failure modes and effects and criticality analysis to identify system and component
failure. Hazard and operability studies to identify hazards in offshore and subsea processes.

3. Monitoring, Intervention and Inspection Methods: The use of ROV’s, AUV’s, inspection vehicles and divers to
monitor and maintain the subsea system.

4. Data Management: The use of data management systems to maintain records and inform the integrity management

5. Structural reliability theory and reliability-based limit state design of marine structures.

This modules will include preschool reading, examples, Post-school assignment, an intensive school (five days), and a written examination.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following:

IKO1: The concepts of risk assessment, particularly as it relates to integrity management.

IKO2: Hazards related to offshore and subsea operation.

IKO3: The financial implications involved with assessing the maintenance strategies for offshore facilities.

IKO4: The appropriate inspection and intervention techniques for the threats identified.

IKO5: The reliability-based limit state design of marine structures.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will develop the following subject specific and intellectual skills:

ISO1: Completing simple risk assessments and FMECA for a system.

ISO2 - Decision making

ISO3 - Communication skills

ISO4 - Data evaluation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Post-School assignment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials83:0024:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Written open-book examination
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study159:3059:30Review and study lecture materials, notes and general reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Directed study and the formal lectures will provide an effective method for students to assimilate the knowledge content, define the scope of the syllabus topics and attain the required knowledge and skill (ISO1-2) outcomes. The independent study allows students to work through material at their own pace allowing them to develop an in-depth understanding of the material (IKO1-5).

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902M100Post-School Open-book online exam.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2MOnline quiz on Canvas during the teaching week
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject. The exam also assesses problem solving skills, the ability to work unaided and to communicate clearly and concisely in writing.

The post school assignment provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their application of the subject material.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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