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242The University of Newcastle
CRICOS provider number 00109J

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

School of Engineering/Chemical Engineering Course Outline

CHEE2421 – Safety and Risk – 10 units Semester 2 - 2012 – Callaghan Campus Course Coordinator Teaching Staff Student Hub School Office SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING Room: ES408 Phone: 4921 5798 Office Hours: 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm Discipline Office CHEMICAL ENGINEERING Room: NIER – A304 Phone: 4033 9063 Eric Kennedy, 024985 4422 ATC 260A Eric Kennedy. For general enquiries please see the student HUBs Phone 49215000, email:

BRIEF COURSE DESCRIPTION Introduces students to the application of safety and risk management in chemical engineering processes. The course will not only serve as an introduction to the fundamental principles of safety and risk management, but also to the practical application of the technology in industry. ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE GENG1803 TEACHING METHODS Lecture CONTACT HOURS Lecture, 4 hours per week for full term. CONTINUOUS COURSE EVALUATION AND IMPROVEMENT Each year feedback is sought from students and other stakeholders about the courses offered in the University for the purposes of identifying areas of excellence and potential improvement. Information on previous course offerings is available at The key themes of previous feedback, and any major changes that were made as a consequence of this are outlined below. Unit objectives have been modified while assessment items have been re-aligned to the new unit objectives. The HAZOP report mark allocation is now 22.5%, which most students see as a fair reflection of the effort required to complete this aspect of the course.

2012 Course Outline

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The assessment item descriptors have been revised to clarify their nature and purpose, and every effort is made to return marked assignments to the student within 1 week of submission The lecture program has been updated to include the latest developments in Safety and Risk procedures for the process industries Lecture slides are placed on blackboard on the day of the lecture or beforehand if possible Tutorial solutions are placed on blackboard within 1 week of the due date of the assignment


MODE OF DELIVERY [from the CTS course entry e.g. internal, online, distance, etc.]

COURSE WORKLOAD Students are required to spend on average 120 – 140 hours of effort or total load (contact and non-contact) including assessments per 10 unit course.

COURSE OBJECTIVES / LEARNING OUTCOMES Course Objectives 1. To develop an understanding of the fundamental principles underlying safety and risk management 2. To understand issues related to the practical application of safety and risk management 3. To establish expertise relevant to the practice of safety and risk management 4. To develop management skills related to planning, developing and report writing activities 5. To develop some understanding of the professional obligations related to the discipline of safety and risk management COURSE CONTENT 1. Introduction: safety and loss prevention, definition of hazard, risk and risk assessment, scope and outline of risk management, frequency and severity, intrinsic and extrinsic safety, risk balance, Pareto principle, epidemiological approach, hazard warning. 2. Identification of hazards and basic definitions: toxicity, flammability, sources of ignition, fires, explosions, ionising radiation, noise pollution, temperature and pressure deviations. 3. Fire protection: classification of fires, fundamentals of fire suppression, fire protection systems and facilities, thermal radiation. 4. Explosions and detonations: theoretical aspects of explosions, pressure relieving devices, dust explosions, BLEVEs. 5....
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