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KE2351 Risk Analysis and Management for Chemical Engineers 7.5 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KE2351 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course deals with risk analysis and management in relation to handling chemical as well as work situations in inudstrial processes. The following is included:

- Chemical hazards

  • Flammability
  • Stability/explosivity
  • Toxicity/corrosiveness
  • Environmental risks, persistence, bioaccumulation

- Hazards in process industry

- Hazards in handling chemicals in laboratory environment

- Risk analysis and management theory 

  • History
  • Case studies and practical examples
  • Methodologies (e.g. what-if analysis, HAZOP, Fault Tree Analysis, event analysis, etc)

- Legislation and standards in Sweden, EU and internationally

Intended learning outcomes

  • Describe chemical hazards and relevant hazardous situations (TEN1)
  • Explain the principles the principles behind chemical risk assessment and management (TEN)
  • Describe methodologies and tools for risk assessment and how these are used (TEN1)
  • Apply the “what-if” method to a selected hazardous environment and determine/evaluate risks (INL1, SEM1, PRO1)
  • Outline the differences and commonalities between environmental and human health risk assessment (TEN1)
  • Outline the major regulatory frameworks, especially GHS, REACH, AFS, and IEC 61511 in Sweden and Europe (TEN1)

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed bachelor's degree project 15 credits, 30 credits of chemistry/chemical engineering, 20 credits mathematics. English 6/B

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

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


  • INL1 - Individual assignment, 0.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project assignment, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 0.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 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.

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Chemical Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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