Module Catalogue 2023/24

NUS8100 : Legislation Safety Case and Incident Investigation

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Yuen Ling Ng
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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Course can be also offered as CPD.

The aim of the module is to provide an overview of the latest legislative requirement related to process safety, the Safety Case Regime, to provide some case studies and examples of accident and incident investigation.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Introduction to Process Safety and Loss Prevention – key concepts, philosophies and principles.
2.       Case studies of accidents their causes and their impacts
3.       Development of legislation and regulation related to process safety internationally, including USA, Europe, Japan and Singapore. – permitting, inspection and enforcement
4.       Current Safety Case Regime and its statutory requirements in Singapore and other countries
5.       Singapore Standards SS506 ( Occupational Safety and Health Management) its requirements and compliance
6.       Concept of As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP), the economics of loss prevention
7.       Root cause analysis and incident investigation.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
•       Identify and explain the impact of process safety and how non-compliance can lead to catastrophic failure and damages
•       Describe and explain the requirement of process safety legislation

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
•       Describe and explain the requirement of the safety case regime and apply knowledge and skills to prepare for their safety case

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion100:305:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Closed-book exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyProject work115:0015:00B1 Safety Case report including background research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops23:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study91:009:00Background reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study19:309:30Review lecture notes, general reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study92:0018:00Tutorial preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study91:009:00Lecture follow-up
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching is mainly via lectures, tutorial and workshops with small group discussions during class. This is complemented with self-study and preparation of safety case tutorial, coursework, class test and final examination in order to provide feedback on student learning. Teaching materials are made available to the students online in order for self-study and preparation in their own pace. Tutorial classes enable students to ask questions and clarify any doubts.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A6024 hrs Take home exam (to be submitted within 24 hours of being set)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M40Safety Case Report of 1000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exam enables students to demonstrate understanding and apply knowledge and skills learnt to solving process safety problems and cases. Coursework assignment provide students more time to think about larger process cases and provide solutions to it, complying to legislation with ALARP.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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