Module Catalogue 2023/24

NUS8110 : Safety Engineering and Loss Prevention

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Yuen Ling Ng
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



Course can be offered as CPD course.

This module aims to provide students with the fundamental principles and concepts of how physical and chemical hazards can lead to catastrophic failure and safety hazards. The module equips students with the competency to design, engineer and operate inherently safer plants.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Chemicals – reactivity, auto-ignitibility, toxicity and flammability
2.       Chemical reactions - exothermic reactions, reactivity and runaway reactions
3.       Particles and dust emission and explosion
4.       Fire and Explosion Modelling
5.       Pressure hazards and pressure relief
6.       Probits
7.       Inherently safer engineering design and operations
8.       Plant layout and emergency response

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
•       Understand the properties of chemicals and physical conditions that can lead to safety hazards
•       Understand reaction mechanisms and how these can run out of control leading to catastrophic failure and safety hazards
•       Understand the complex behaviour of particles and how these can lead to dust explosion

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
•       Identify and evaluate potential hazards when designing or operating a particular type of plant
•       Synthesise engineering designs and operation conditions to ensure inherently safer engineering operations
•       Analyse and identify potential hazardous conditions and design methods to ensure safer operations
•       Evaluate the need for change and apply safety engineering concepts to ensure operating conditions are within safety requirement
•       Demonstrate quantitative calculation and methodology skills
•       Approach and solve complex problems

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Revision for closed book quiz
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Closed-book exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Closed Book Quiz
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion141:3041:30A1 coursework including background research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture136:0036:009x2 hrs and 6x3 hrs slots
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0012:00Tutorials 9x1hrs plus 1x3hrs
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study152:3037:30Tutorial preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study152:0030:00Lecture 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 Examination1202A6024 hrs Take home exam (to be submitted within 24 hours of being set)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M30Coursework of 2000 words in length
Written exercise2M101 hour quiz
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. The quiz provides students with feedback on their progress.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2023/24 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2024/25 entry will be published here in early-April 2024. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.