AF2023 Theory and Methodology of Science and Risk and Safety in Building Sciences 7.5 credits

Vetenskapsteori och vetenskaplig metodik och Risk och säkerhet för byggnadsverk

Scientific knowledge

Hypothesis testing

Causes and correlations

Observations and measurements

Experiments

Models

Law and explanations

The development of science

Research ethics

Scientific papers and peer review

Safety analysis general, Hashofer/Lind method

Special safety analysis methods for geo structures

Safety analysis methods for steel and concrete structures

Idealisation of structures, Load combination, Methods in standards

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Scientific knowledge

Hypothesis testing

Causes and correlations

Observations and measurements

Experiments

Models

Law and explanations

The development of science

Research ethics

Scientific papers and peer review

Safety analysis general, Hashofer/Lind method

Special safety analysis methods for geo structures

Safety analysis methods for steel and concrete structures

Idealisation of structures, Load combination, Methods in standards

Intended learning outcomes *

The course provides an introduction to the theory and methodology of science and is intended for the Master student or beginning PhD student. One aim is to supply the basic concepts needed for placing the techniques and knowledge acquired in the student’s other courses in the wider context of the natural sciences. Another aim is to provide the basic intellectual tools that allow for a reasoned and critical assessment of results and methods from the wide variety of disciplines that the student is likely to encounter during his or her continued career in research and/or in professional life.

The course is mainly focused on the general theoretical and methodological issues that arise in the natural and technological sciences; but basic theoretical issues, techniques and problems from the social sciences are also covered to provide the student with a wider outlook. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental problems common to the natural sciences and on the general strategies, methods and concepts that modern science has developed to address these problems.

The course provides basic knowledge about risk and safety in building and construction work. After completing the course, students should have acquired good knowledge about the most important risk and safety issues in this field of technology. Students should also have acquired understanding of basic concepts in the analysis of societal risks and of basic principles for technical safety management. Students should also be able to apply these concepts and principles in analysis of actual buildings and other structures.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

30 ECTS from courses in the master's program at advanced level.

Recommended prerequisites

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Literature

Hansson S., O., "The art of being Scientific"

Sundquist H.: "Safety, Loads and Load Distribution on Structures " (TRITA-BKN, Report 108)

And distributed articles

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • SEM1 - Seminar, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Exam, 4.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F

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SEM1 - Seminars, 1,5 credits, grade scale: P, F

TEN1 - Examination, 4,5 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

EX1 – Exercises, 1,5 credits, grade scale P,F

Other requirements for final grade *

Passed seminar

Passed written exam

Passsed exercises

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Johan Silfwerbrand

Further information

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Offered by

ABE/Civil and Architectural Engineering

Main field of study *

Built Environment

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Johan L Silfwerbrand (johan.silfwerbrand@byv.kth.se)

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Supplementary information

Mandatory Seminars and Exercises