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MAR8047 : Reliability and Integrity Management of Marine Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Yongchang Pu
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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 HAZOP
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 process.
5. structural reliability theory and reliability-based limit state design of marine structures.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture83:0024:00Lectures [Present-in-Person]
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Post School Assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Written open-book examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion20:301:00Formative assessment. Time limited Canvas quizzes to prepare students for summative assessment.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study158:3058:30Review 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).

Should the public health situation require it, the present-in-person teaching activities will be replaced by synchronous online sessions.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902M100The 24hr test will be conducted at the end of the teaching week.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2MTime limited Canvas quizzes to prepare students for summative assessment.
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 presentation provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their application of the subject material. This also assesses oral communication skills.
The Graduate Skills Framework entries indicated as 'A' are also assessed in these ways.

Should the public health situation require it, the planned examination scheduled to be completed present-in-person will be replaced by an open book, online examination to be completed within a defined 24 hour period.

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