Case Study Risk Assessment

Faculty of Engineering and IT
Risk Management in Engineering (49006)
Subject Coordinator and Instructor: Dr. Mohsen Naderpour
Assessment Task 2 – Case Study Risk Assessment
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Weight 50%
Type Individual
Minimum requirements Original implementation of quantitative risk assessment/decision
making techniques
6 to 8 pages (including references and appendices) in IEEE template
available on Canvas
Papers without relevant and original risk technique implementation
or not conforming to the IEEE style or page limits are not marked
Submission Online through the Turnitin submission link on Canvas
Multiple attempts permitted until the due date
No FEIT assignment submission cover sheet is required
Acceptable similarity Less than 25%
Due date Refer to the subject calendar


Assess, evaluate, prioritise, and treat risks in engineering projects and systems lifecycle


Domino effects: Domino effects are referred to a chain of accidents in which a primary accident
starting in a unit spreads to adjacent units, causing secondary accidents the total consequence of
which could be much more severe than the primary event.
Natechs: Natechs are referred to technological accidents such as release of hazardous materials,
fires or explosions in industrial plants which are triggered by natural disasters like earthquakes,
floods, and hurricanes. Compared to normal technological accidents, which are a matter of
random failures or human error, natechs usually give rise to more catastrophic consequences since
the likelihood of simultaneous damage to hazardous units and domino effects is much higher.
Land use planning: Land use planning (LUP) as an effective and crucial safety measure has
widely been employed by safety experts and decision makers to mitigate off-site risks posed by
major accidents. Accordingly, the concept of LUP in industrial plants has traditionally been
considered from two perspectives: (i) land developments around existing industrial plants
considering potential off-site risks posed by major accidents and (ii) development of existing
industrial plants considering nearby land developments and the level of additional off-site risks
the land developments would be exposed to.
Human error: Humans play an important role during the design, installation, production, and
maintenance phases of a product or system. Human error may be defined as the failure to perform

Faculty of Engineering and IT
Risk Management in Engineering (49006)
Subject Coordinator and Instructor: Dr. Mohsen Naderpour
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a specified task (or the performance of a forbidden action) that could lead to disruption of
scheduled operations or result in damage to property and equipment.
Security: This area involves estimating access and harm caused due to war, terrorism, riot, crime
(vandalism, theft, etc.), and misappropriation of information (national security information,
intellectual property, etc.).
Environmental damages: This field involves estimating losses due to noise, contamination, and
pollution in the ecosystem (water, land, air, and atmosphere) and in space (space debris).

To have a thorough understanding of what constitutes engineering risk management and how
theories, concepts, methods, etc. can be employed in industrial practice, this assignment provides the
opportunity for students to put their knowledge into practice by implementing the quantitative risk
analysis and risk-based decision making methods in a case study investigated in assessment 1. As it is
vital for students to be able to communicate and present their results in their disciplines, the IEEE
template which is used by many engineering journals and conferences is adopted for the sake of
1. By now, you have selected your topic and case studies.
2. Research your topic by reading and analysing at least 10 recent journal papers.
3. Study Canvas, Module 6 before starting to write your paper.
4. Decide a good title for your paper considering your topic and case study. Title should accurately
reflect the paper main idea and its content.
5. Write a 200-words abstract including motivation for the study, objective(s), methods, and results
and interpretation.
6. Write a good introduction including contextualization, topic importance, case study introduction,
paper objective(s), problem-solving approach, and finally the paper structure.
7. Review the literature including problem background and related works, more recent references
would be better. The main keyword definitions should be presented here. You may have some subsections to organize this section very well.
8. Develop a research methodology to assess and reduce risks. You need to incorporate at least two
techniques in the research methodology from the literature. Do not limit yourselves to the subject
materials. The methodology should be logical and robust to support the discussion.
9. Implement the research methodology in the case study step by step and present the results. Analyse
the results and highlight major findings. Tables and figures should be represented in high quality
with adequate explanation.

Faculty of Engineering and IT
Risk Management in Engineering (49006)
Subject Coordinator and Instructor: Dr. Mohsen Naderpour
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10. Discuss the results and do a sensitivity analysis to make sure the results are reliable. Propose some
risk reduction strategies and show unacceptable risks are managed. Limitations of the work must
be listed as well.
11. Write a conclusion of what have been done for what purpose, what are the findings, and propose
some future research directions.
12. All content must be written without grammatical errors in IEEE template (available on Canvas) and
must be fully referenced. Include references at the end of paper consistently aligned with IEEE
13. Therefore, the paper follows below structure:
Theoretical background (literature review)
Research methodology
Implementation and results (case study)
Conclusion and future works
Marking Criteria

Section Weight Criteria Score
Title 3 Declarative or descriptive title reflecting the main
idea and the content
Abstract and keywords 5 Capture the essence of findings
Three to five keywords
Introduction 10 Contextualization
Importance/Relevance of the theme
Research question(s)
Research objective(s)
Paper structure
Theoretical background 12 Review relevant literature 12
Research methodology 15 Appropriate combination of methods:
At least two quantitative risk assessment
One quantitative risk assessment technique,
one risk-based decision-making technique
25 Enough case study description 5

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Implementation and
Correct implementation of the research
Original results analysis 10
Discussion 10 Sensitivity analysis, risk reduction strategies, work
Conclusion and future
5 Summarize the paper and suggest directions future research 5
References 5 Fully in-text referencing along with a list of 10+
relevant high-quality journal papers
Structure and presentation 10 Well-structured and well-presented without
grammatical errors
Conform to the IEEE template and referencing style 5
Sum 100 100