ME2046 Managing Risks in Complex Technical Systems 6.0 credits

Riskhantering i komplexa tekniska system

All complex modern technologies such as nuclear power plants, commercial aviation, rail transport, chemical process plants and banks are all subject to organizational accidents. These are rare but often catastrophic, such as Estonia, Challenger and Bearings bank. No technology is absolutely safe but could be safer.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course gives 5 seminars with assigned literature and guest speakers. After the seminars an individual project is conducted. The project could for example be an accident analysis or analysis of risk management within an organization in your field.

Intended learning outcomes *

After completing the course the student will be able to:

  • Discuss risks, for example: how do we perceive risks, how do we communicate risks, how does society estimate and value risks, what are common risks?
  • Give relevant information of risks.
  • Describe the relationship between work organization, management and safety cultures.
  • Use theories and models to describe how organizations can help prevent accidents in complex technical systems.
  • Identify risks within an organization using methods of risk analyses.
  • Argue for various definitions of risks.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Two years academic studies is demanded. ME2041 Psychology for engineers, or ME2040/ME2057 Human factors engineering are recommended.

Recommended prerequisites

Two years academic studies. ME2041 or ME2040/ME2057 are recommended, but not compulsory.


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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • PRO1 - Project, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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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Pernilla Ulfvengren

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 ME2046

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Fredrik Barchéus,, 08-790 6053

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

Replaces 4D1099