Course syllabus


SJO837 Risk and safety management lp4 vt22 (7.5 hp)

Course is offered by Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences

Contact details

Examiner and Lecturer: Henrik Ringsberg, [HERI], e-mail:

Student representatives (to be announced)

Course purpose

The course aims to provide in-depth knowledge in risk- and safety management to achieve economic, environmental and social sustainability goals within transport and operational management. For this, the course combines theory in risk and safety management with practical application of risk assessment methods, risk management systems, and risk culture. Moreover, the course aims to provide knowledge about risk concepts, the relationship between security requirement and risk management, assessment of probability- and consequences, preventive measures, preparation- and contingency planning and the society abilities to resist accidents. Finally, the course aims to provide knowledge in oral presentation and opposition of a project.



Course literature

Text book

Hopkin, P. (2018). Fundamentals of Risk Management: Understanding, Evaluating and Implementing Effective Risk Management (5th Edn.): Kogan Page.

Scientific articles

Excerpt of scientific papers in the field of risk management, logistics, supply chain risk management, research methodology will be used to complement theory in the textbook.

Notice: For copyright reasons, the scientific papers have to be downloaded by students themselves.

Lecture handouts and material

Lecture handouts and material used will be continuously posted and available via the course homepage on CANVAS.

Course design

The course follows a problem-oriented pedagogy, and consists of lectures, a workshop, and a major project assignment. The learning activities are:

- Lectures and guest-lectures (mandatory): Provides theoretical foundation and support for project work
- Workshop (mandatory): Practical training in risk and safety standards
- Project assignment (mandatory): Applying skills learned throughout the course to assess, decrease risk, handle uncertainty, manage risk and safety according to UN SDG goals.

Teaching and learning activities in the course are linked to the three thematically blocks:


Learning objectives and syllabus

Having passed the course the student should be able to:

  • Describe basic concepts within risk and safety management;
  • Describe a risk management system based on risk culture and work processes;
  • Apply risk management methods and tools in identification, assessment, analysis of risks;
  • Apply structured approach in decision making within risky situations;
  • Explain the influence of regulatory guidelines on risk- and safety;
  • Explain the complexity of risk- and safety management based on a systems approach;
  • Identify the need for further knowledge and practical skills to improve safety and sustainability.

Study plan

Examination form

The examination consists of the following elements:

Written exam: (4,0 Hp), graded: TH (i.e. Failed, 3, 4, 5)

Project assignment: Presentation and opposition (3,5 Hp), graded: U-G. (i.e. Failed (U)-Passed (G)

Written exam

The course includes an individual written exam in the end of the course. 

Project assignment and opposition

  1. Identify a relevant research problem: Each group identifies a relevant research problem related to risk-and safety management. The relevant research should address a research-gap OR in practical operations that needs to be studied based on literature and secondary sources i.e. data from companies/ organizations. In the contact with companies/ organizations it is important to consider the ability to access data, especially due to the Covid-19 situation.
  2. Conduct a literature review according to Structured Literature Review (SLR)/ snowballing (see articles on Canvas). This implies that each group identifies and studies relevant scientific papers and/ or half-scientific reports (e.g. Laws, regulations, directives, ISO-standards) needed to support the solution and the analysis of the identified (research) problem (instead of primary data collected during interviews). The literature review should include at least 12 academic articles linked to the subject of study.
  3. Project report: The project is reported as a written project report, 4000-(absolute max 5000) words (approx. 7-10, A4 pages), which include a solution of the identified research problem or research gap
  4. Project opposition: Each group must conduct an opposition (mandatory) on another group project report.
  5. Final project presentation and opposition during a seminar on May 16th OR May 18th 


  • Failure in preparation of the Final project presentation, and opposition (incl. sending in reports) will prohibit participation at the project presentation seminar.
  • Mandatory attendance applies for all students at both presentation seminars i.e. on May 16th and May 18th
  • Dates and time for uploading a finals version of project report, on CANVAS

For participating students to pass the course, all course components/ requirements must have achieved the grade Passed (G).




Course summary:

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