Module code: ENGM218

Module Overview

 A teaching and learning module that covers all aspects of safety and reliability in the design and operation of process plant and equipment. Although generally applicable to the full range of business operations, the main focus is on offshore oil and gas platforms, refinery and petrochemical operations where knowledge and understanding will be gained in maintaining the highest standards of process safety and operations integrity.

Module provider

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Module Leader

LEE Judy (Chst Chm Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 104

Lecture Hours: 12

Tutorial Hours: 12

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • UK and international requirements and legislation regarding general safety, health and environment (SHE) issues

  • Types of incidents

  • Hazard identification

  • Risk assessments

  • Safe operating procedures

  • Permit-to-work systems

  • Management of change

  • Analysis of incidents

  • Safety in operations management systems

  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR)

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 30
Examination 2 hr Invigilated Exam 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate:

·         Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, a, b in the examination, and

·         Learning outcomes 3, 4, a, b, c, d in coursework

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework - Written report involving the identification of hazards and risk assessments on a process plant (LO3) - 30 %

  • Examination – 70 %, 2 hours (LO1 – LO6)

Formative assessment and feedback

For the coursework, in class there is an introductory briefing followed by an intermediate discussion of progress with extensive oral feedback and discussion after submission. Individual grades and personal comments are notified to the students by e-mail/SurreyLearn.  

Module aims

  • The law regarding general safety, health and environmental (SHE) issues;
  • Safety in the design and operation of process units;
  • The causes of incidents and means of prevention;
  • SHE and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Recognise and follow personal and institutional responsibilities for health and safety. KC
002 Explain and apply SHE principles on an offshore platform, refinery and petrochemicals complex, or other hazardous facility. KC
003 Apply tools and techniques for ensuring the safe and reliable design and operation of process units. KCPT
004 Perform an investigation of an incident to establish its root cause. CPT
005 Identify and assess the elements of a management system for implementing SHE policy to achieve incident-free operations. KCP
006 Develop and review key SHE performance indicators.      CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Provide the students with basic knowledge, understanding and skills that will inform them of basic responsibilities for SHE, allow them to recognise hazards and use tools and techniques for reducing and mitigating risk.   

The learning and teaching methods include:

Two separate face-to-face sessions on campus each comprising two full days providing combined lecture sessions with educational videos, a case study, group working and discussions in class and supportive coursework involving summative assessment.

Captured Content: 1hr per week ; Guided Learning: 1hr per week


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability, and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills, and capabilities in the following areas 

Digital Capabilities: Through the module student will learn to navigate and utilise Virtual learning Environment (Surrey Learn) and online databases to access literature data for data processing and interpretation. 

Employability : This module will provide students with knowledge, understanding and skills that will inform them of basic responsibilities for safety, health and environmental matters, allow them to recognise hazards, use tools and techniques for reducing and mitigating risk, and determine the causes and means of prevention of incidents.  These skills are applicable in all industrial or commercial environment that will be well sort after by employers from all disciplines.

Global and cultural capabilities:  Examples of incidents around the world will be provided as case studies and for students to gain awareness and comprehensive understanding of global hazards and operational problems.

Resourcefulness and resilience: Open ended problem will be provided as coursework that will require students to develop independent and critical thinking and problem solving skills. The delivery of the lectures will be intense over 4 days, which differs with other conventional lectures that are spread over a period of 11 weeks. This will enable students to develop a different format of learning to adapt to this different style, and build resourcefulness and resilience.

Sustainability: Corporate social responsibility will be covered in this module where students till be introduced to what is sustainable development, and environment, social and governance.  Students will l earn about how large corporate companies have approach sustainability.

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.