Module Catalogue 2023/24

NUS8105 : Safety Health and Risk Management in Process Petroleum and Offshore Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kew Hong Chew
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 3 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



Course can be offered as a CPD.

Safety and Risk Management are key to all industries. They are particularly important in the Oil and Gas industries (both Upstream and Downstream) because of the involvement in large inventories of flammable materials, and the very serious consequences in any mishap. The module introduces safety management. Safety management addresses the residual risk that remains after design and engineering measures have been taken.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Safety management (including Management Of Change, use of standards)
2.       Safety culture and human factor
3.       Safety audit and assurance
4.       Emergency response planning and crisis management including release and response planning
5.       Risks in onshore, offshore, subsea, petroleum refinery and chemical plants
6.       Onshore and offshore security risks
7.       Case studies of offshore safety accidents
8.       Case studies of air transfer accidents
9.       Performance measurement and monitoring
10.       Reliability Engineering

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
•       Be able to describe Safety Management concepts and their implementation
•       To exemplify Safety management concepts through examples from the O&G sectors

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
•       Plan and manage Operations to minimise Risk
•       Plan and develop Reliability Engineering practices
•       Develop and evaluate Safety Culture and Motivation Campaigns

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion16:306:30Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Closed-book exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Coursework assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture46:0024:00Block teaching spreading over 4 full days
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching43:0012:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study15:005:00Review lecture notes, general reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study124:0024:00Tutorial preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study112:0012:00Lecture follow-up
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching is mainly via lectures and tutorial with small group discussions during class. This is complemented with self-study and preparation of tutorial solutions, 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 Examination903A60Resit available on campus
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise3A401000 word coursework assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exam enables students to demonstrate understanding and apply knowledge and skills learnt to solving engineering problems. Coursework assignment provide students more time to think about larger problem and provide engineering solutions to it and present it in a written report.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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