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Unit information: Hazards and Nuclear Infrastructure in 2015/16

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Unit name Hazards and Nuclear Infrastructure
Unit code CENGM0037
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Agarwal
Open unit status Not open



Restricted to students on the MSc in Nuclear Science and Engineering

School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

The aim of this unit is to enable the students to understand the natural and man-made hazards (e.g. earthquakes, tsunami, floods, explosions, accidents, human error) and the risks these pose to nuclear infrastructures and the society at large.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to: 1) Demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of hazards and resilience. 2) Assess how nuclear engineering infrastructure is vulnerable to different natural and man-made hazards. 3) Carry out a qualitative risk analysis and identify measures to improve nuclear infrastructure resilience.

Teaching Information

24 1 hour Lectures will be arranged to cover different hazards and risks to infrastructures. Students will supplement these by undertaking wider reading. In total they will be expected to spend 76 hours on independent study including preparation of the final report

Assessment Information

Students will be assessed on a case study of the impact of hazards on nuclear infrastructure in real contexts. They will present their findings in the form of a 3000 word report which will make up 100% of the final mark

Reading and References

D.Blockley (Ed.), Engineering Safety, McGraw Hill, 1992.

B.M.Ayyub, Risk Analysis in Engineering and Economics, Chapman and Hall, 2003