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AH2401 Risk in Technical Systems 7.5 credits

The course is based on two fundamental ideas. The first is that there is no absolutely safe technique, but it can be made safer. The second leading idea is that the technical systems which are associated with risks at the same time involve advantages.

Along with the course is a text book, six tv- and four radio programmes as well as a study guide. In the book several authors give their view of risks in technical systems starting from different scientific positions. The starting-points are technical, social, historical, psychological, biological as well as philosophical. The programmes make additions to the book.

The course makes use of Internet and the electronic conference system WebCT.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AH2401 (Autumn 2013–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Risks in technical systems. Risks then and now. How risks can be prevented. Security combined with electricity. Risks connected with transformation of energy. Risks combined with the use of computers. Health and environmental risks. Risks related to work. Risks related to the transportation system. Analysis of risks. Valuation of risks.

Intended learning outcomes

The course will give the students an understanding of fundamental principles of risk analysis and ability to judge various kinds of social risks.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

For single course students are required:

University studies of at least 15 credits in technology and science, knowledge of Swedish B/Swedish 3 and English A/English 6 or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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This course requires access to a computer and conferencing software (for free), Internet access, Modem


  • Grimvall, G., Jacobsson, P., Thedéen, T. (Red), Risker i tekniska system. Studentlitteratur 2003.
  • Ravsand, M., Risikoanalyse, Tapir, 1991.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercise, 4.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Examination (TEN1, 2c) and exercises (ÖVN1, 3c).

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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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.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AH2401

Offered by

Main field of study

Built Environment

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Per Näsman,, 08-790 75 30

Supplementary information

It is entirely possible to follow the course no matter where you live, which is primarily designed as a distance learning course. This course requires access to a computer, the FirstClass conferencing software (for free), Internet connection, modem and MS Word.