MAR8047 : Reliability and Integrity Management of Marine Systems

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.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Introduction to Risk Assessment (6 hours): Introduction to the concepts of risk including quantitative, semi-quantitative and qualitative approaches, ALARP criteria, individual and societal risk factors.
2. FMECA and HAZOPS (6 hours): 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 (6 hours): The use of ROV’s, AUV’s, inspection vehicles and divers to monitor and maintain the subsea system.
4. Data Management (3 hours): The use of data management systems to maintain records and inform the integrity management process.
5. HAZOP tutorial (3 hours): Group HAZOP study which will be assessed by group report.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture83:0024:00Including tutorials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Group Presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Examination Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading144:0044:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching13:003:00Seminar
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).

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80N/A
Oral Presentation202A20Group presentation
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.

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